DELHI: The first-ever Udaipur International Film Festival commencing
later this week will feature 47 feature and short films.
The festival will open on 15 September morning with the short film
Open Doors and close on 16 September with Meherjaan
by Rubiyat from Bangladesh starring Jaya Bachchan among others.
The festival will be held at two venues in the lake city, and has
been organized by the organisers of the annual Jaipur International
Film Festival with the support of the Western Zone Cultural Centre.
total of 21 countries are taking part in the two-day festival.
The festival will also feature animation films and documentaries.
Noted film maker Govind Nihalani, film director Subhash Kapoor
and film writer Jalish Sherwani will be the special guests for
the opening ceremony at Darpan Auditorium in Shilpagram. The screenings
will take place in the Celebration Mall-Lower Ground Atrium.
The countries participating include the United States, France,
England, South Africa, Germany, India, Iran, Peru, Canada, Australia,
Spain, Iraq, Norway, Georgia and Bangladesh.
The Festival will commence with a tribute to Rajesh Khanna, Dara
Singh and A K Hangal.
There will be a seminar on The 100 years of Indian Cinema,
cultural concerts will be held along with the seminars and workshops
for the youngsters on the important subjects like Film Script
Writing Workshop at Darpan Auditorium both days.
A poster exhibition will also be held with original posters of
the landmark films like Mother India and Mughal-E-Azam etc.
Films like Mombatti (Cannes) and Road to Home
(Oscar) are being screened. There will be six films by the prominent
filmmaker and social activist Iara Lee who had earlier come to
the Jaipur festival. Her film Cultures of Resistance
won the Green Rose in the Red Carpet Award Ceremony.
This year, she has attempted to expose the exploitative face of
the American capitalists through various documentary works. Her
works highlighted the negative influence of America in various
parts of the world including Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa.
Other films include the documentary Jungle Mein Jalianwala
by Anurag Sharma based on the massacre of the tribal communities
within the state of Rajasthan during the British era.