South Asian film fests being held in Delhi and Kathmandu

NEW DELHI: Four films from India are being screened as part of the Travelling Film South Asia programme being held simultaneously in Kathmandu and New Delhi.

Films from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will also be screened in the Festival being held in Kathmandu from 16 to 18 July and in Delhi from 16 to 21 July.

However, the programme organised in Delhi in collaboration with the India International Centre also includes a panel discussion on ‘Who Watches the Documentary?’ to be moderated by wellknown telecaster and filmmaker Jai Chandiram.

Participants include filmmaker Pankaj Butalia, Gunjan Jain of NDTV who selects the documentary films for her channel; filmmaker Sameena Mishra, and Gargi Sen of the Magic Lantern Foundation who promotes new filmmakers.

There will also be a talk on ‘The Documentary in South Asia’ by Upasana Shrestha, Co-Director, Film South Asia, Kathmandu

The Indian films include Lalit Vachani’s ‘The Salt Stories - Following Gandhi’s salt march in our time’ which was the joint Winner of the Second Best Film Award at FSA ’09

The other three Indian films are: ‘Come to My Country: Journeys with Kabir and Friends’ by Shabnam Virmani; ‘Saamam (The Music)’ by Ramachandran K which is a homage to Carnatic music and M D Ramanathan; and ‘Out of Thin Air’ by Samreen Farooqui & Shabani Hassanwalia showing the high energy of Ladakhi cinema.

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