Afghanistan to finally enter IFFI!

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The violent political scenario of the country could no more restrict Afghanistan from making its entry into the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) as a film produced and directed by an Afghan director is being screened in Goa later this month. The political turmoil of the country has never allowed the cinema of the nation to grow over the years.

“For the first time, a film produced and directed by an Afghan director would be screened,” said minister of information and broadcasting Manish Tewari while announcing the launch of the 44th edition of IFFI.

The film, titled A man’s desire for fifth wife, is to be screened at the festival which will be held from November 20 to Novermber 30.

Speaking on the occasion, Tewari said that the ministry had taken initiatives to promote the growth of the film industry. It had tried to review the statutory architecture under the films paradigm by instituting the Mudgal Committee to review the provisions of the Cinematograph Act. The recommendations of the committee were under consideration and opinions have been invited as the report has been placed on the website of the ministry. It’s again for the first time that American actor Susan Sarandon and acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi will share the stage at the opening ceremony.

Regarding the Children’s Film Festival which will held in Hyderabad from November 14 to 20, Tewari said the festival would combine the traditional and modern aspects of film making on issues concerning children.

Special attention would be given to animation films and 285 such films have been received. For the first time, a separate category of Competitive Section for animation films has been introduced.

Also a record number of entries, 123, have been received for the “Little Director” section that features films made by children from around the world.

Story Source: DNA