Bhubaneswar, September 28 (LocalWire): Pulsating action, thought-provoking script and directorial brilliance enthralled the audience at the Indian Documentary Film Festival of Bhubaneswar (IDFFB) here, with people experiencing the artistic beauty of documentaries.
Raja Shabir Khan’s Line of Control, a documentary in the context of today’s times, narrated the saga of a Keran village, situated on the Indian side of the LoC. The nationality conflict coupled with human emotive issues was major highlight of it.
It revolved around Ashraf Joo and his struggle, to procure the necessary traveled documents, to be able to visit his family on the other side. In the end, it made us realise that human relationships cannot be contained within man-made boundaries.
The documentary Growing in Ladakh tells the story of Padma, who divides her work between school and work where she helps her family with daily work.
Padma lives in Gya, a remote village perched at 43,000 meters above the sea level; to go to school, she has to travel 72 km by bus.
Post the screening, the audience engaged in a meaningful conversation with the director Stanzin G Dorjai, where he shed light upon the importance of protecting one’s indigenous roots amidst the strife of pacing along with the modern world.
The audience immersed themselves in Maheen Mirza’s Agar Wo Desh Banati and Pankaj Rishi Kumar’s Janani’s Juliet. Having won the Best Long Documentary Award at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala, Janani’s Juliet is India’s official entry to the Oscars.
Using a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as an instrument, a Pondicherry based theatre group, Indianostrum, navigates through an individual’s freedom to love in the face of caste and its obstacles.
The documentary We Have Not Come Here to Die by Deepa Dhanraj, explores the hidden facets of caste supremacy in India.
The film follows the stir and upheaval caused in the arena of student politics in the country after Rohit Vemula, a Dalit PhD scholar hung himself in one of the most prestigious universities of India.
The film underscores the institutional lacunae in providing a conducive environment for students across the social spectrum of the country.