The sixth edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala begins here this evening with the Palestine-Israel-France movie, 5 Broken Cameras. The film, directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, is interestingly co-produced.
Organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, the Festival will have 66 movies in different categories and prizes, which will be decided by a six-member jury that will include Italian film critic Giona Nazarro, Nepali writer Kesang Tseten, Indian documentary movie-maker M.R. Rajan, Indian screenwriter Anjum Rajabali and Indian helmer Vetrimaran.The movies – divided into six categories (short documentary, long documentary, animation, campus film, music video and short fiction – will pan modern life and times, among other subjects.
Some of the highlights will be Santosh Sivan’s Oru Kuttanadan Karshshakan detailing the magnificence of the “Venice of the East”, Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang, Nakul Singh’s Immoral Daughters and Spandan Banerjee’s To Let By. Also that is bound to evoke immense interest will be Bleeding by T. Aromal, a short fiction inspired by Irving Stone’s Lust for Life.
The Festival, in addition to all this, will screen four winning works from Vision Du Reel, one of the oldest documentary events in the world and partner of the Kerala Festival. Winter Nomads and Tea or Electricity are worth waiting for here.