Dharamshala International Film Festival 2013: Gulabi Gang, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer to be screened

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Dharamshala International Film Festival 2013: Gulabi Gang, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer to be screened
Imaging: Neeraj Kathale

The festival begins on October 24 and has some interesting films in the line-up

The second edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), starting October 24, will showcase a mix of 30 films, including fiction, documentaries, short movies and experimental cinema.begins October

“This year’s journey has been in trying to define what the festival is about. We will have independent films, documentaries, panel discussions and master classes,” said documentary filmmaker and DIFF director Ritu Sarin, who made When Hari Got Married along with her husband and co-director, DIFF, Tenzing Sonam.

The international line up includes Indian premiere of Russian documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, Polish filmmaker Jacek Borcuch’s Lasting and Australian director Kate Shortland’s Lore.

Indian documentaries will also be in focus with the screening of Nishtha Shah’s Gulabi Gang, filmmaker Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man and Anand Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade.

“We have also focussed on a lot of films from all over the world with children protagonists. The range of these films was incredible,” said Sonam.  The films in the section include Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket, which will take the viewers to Laos, is said to have extraordinary performance from former street kid Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo, and Chilean writer-director Dominga Sotomayor’s Thursday Till Sunday, about a family’s car journey.

Brazilian entry to the Oscars, Neighbouring Sounds, Alison Klayman’s Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry, and Prasanna Vithanage’s With You, Without You will also be screened at the fest.

Marathi filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni has also undertaken a short film initiative. “Short films are my first love. I have decided to screen eight short films dealing with different subjects,” Kulkarni said at the launch. He will bring films like Local by Bharat Pawar and Good Morning Mumbai – a student animation film directed by Rajesh Thakare and Troy Vasanth from the National Institute of Design.

Photo imaging: Neeraj Kathale

WATCH: Good Morning Mumbai short film (courtesy YouTube)

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