4th South Asian Film Festival in Goa from June 26
Panaji | Tuesday, Jun 9 2009 IST
Over 50 movies from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and an additional 12 selected Iranian films will be screened during the four-day 4th South Asian Film Festival to be held at Kala Academy here from June 26.
The festival will be organised by South Asia Foundation with the support of Goa Government and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
South Asia Foundation secretary general Rahul Barua, who was here to take a review of arrangements for the festival, while speaking to UNI, said this is the second time that the festival will be held in Goa and ''Yousuf'', a movie from Maldives would be the inaugural film. Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat and state Legislative Assembly speaker Pratapsinh Rane will be present on the occasion.
The festival, which has ''Dissolving Boundaries'' as its theme, is one of the very few festivals that have been designed for a larger socio-cultural and political cause and this sets it apart from the other festivals, Mr Barua said.
''We believe that films are the single most effective medium for improving communication and cooperation within the South Asia region. The influence of films on the psyche of the masses in the region is enormous. They can be used for reinforcing the intiatives that are already underway for generating peace and harmony,'' he said.
''Four categories of films will be screened at the festival, including Classic Films, Short Films, Documentary Films and Popular/ Mainstream films. The festival will feature films from the era of Raj Kapoor to Pooja Bhatt and Onir,'' Mr Barua said.
Directors and actors who will be attending the film festival include Prasanna Vithanage, Fathimath Nahula, Enamul Karim Nirjhar, Nakim Uddin, Ugyen Wangdi, Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt, Shyam Benegal, Anirudhudha Roy Chowdhury, Onir, Mohit Suri, Manisha Koirala and many others.
A seminar on Indian Cinema and South Asia will also be held on the occasion.
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