Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti, that released on June 4 and Assamese film, Basundhara, about the man-elephant conflict, directed by debutant Hiren Borawill, be among the 10-12 films from India to be screened at the South Asian Film Festival to be held from September 17 to 20 in Goa. Over 50 films —feature, documentary and short — from all the SAARC countries will be screened at the festival.
Afghan film, An Apple From Paradise, depicting distortion of religion in the country will open the festival. It’s directed by Homayun Morowat who has been living in Sweden since 1998 after his debut feature film Green Ashes was banned in 1990.
An Apple From Paradise is the story of a father’s search for his son, a student at a religious school in Kabul who stops attending classes and goes on a suicide bombing mission.
The film was shot in Kabul in the winter of 2007 and it won the Best Feature Film Awards at international festivals in Tajikistan and Afghanistan last year. Other entries from Afghanistan include Lala Hindu and Neighbour.
A couple of films from Pakistan, including Yeh Pakistan Woh Hindustan, Gurmukh Singhki Wasihat and Kala Pul, will also be screened under the theme “Dissolving Boundaries”.
Bangladesh will be represented by five films including Noi Number Sanket (Signal No 9) directed by writer Humayun Ahmed and Priyotomeshu by filmmaker Morshedul Islam. “The film festival is expected to be a blend of films from South Asia,” says the director of the festival Barua, adding that a couple of directors and actors from SAARC countries are expected to attend the event whose co-sponsors are Indian Council For Cultural Relations and the Goa government.