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Capital to host Film Festival from Jan 18

Twenty-three films from across Latin America, Africa and Asia will be screened at the 4th Tri-Continental Film Festival beginning on January 18.

entertainment Updated: Jan 13, 2008 10:18 IST

Twenty-three films from across Latin America, Africa and Asia will be screened at the 4th Tri-Continental Film Festival beginning in New Delhi on January 18.

"This year, we attempt to bring to the fore untold stories from the past, from the depths of our memory as well as varied forms of framing them within the context of human rights," said Alika Khosla, associate director of Breakthrough, an international rights organisation that hosts the four-day festival.

"This year all the 23 entries are documentaries, of which three are from India," Khosla told PTI.

"With every passing year we have attempted to showcase diverse images of war, triumph, poverty, exploitation, whispers from the margins and strident voices of the unheard," she said.

A unique feature of the festival has been the 'travelling screen'.

"By this provision, we are permitted by the directors to screen their films throughout the year in educational and cultural institutions and citizens' groups across the country," Khosla said, adding each screening is usually followed by active and participatory debates and discussions on issues, which the film throws up.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will inaugurate the festival.

The opening film will be "Its Always Late for Freedom", which portrays three youth held in a correction centre in Tehran and exposes Iran's social problems of drugs, poverty, and violence among children.