Like the feature films, Marathi documentaries too have been catching attention with their prominent messages at the ongoing eleventh Mumbai International Film Festival for short films, documentaries and animation.
Pistulya, a 15-minute film by Nagraj Manjule and Ek Paus Haravlela (The Lost Rain) a 13-minute film by Ashwini Abhyankar- Ghaisas made a mark in the Short Films section.
Pistulya is the story of a boy from the Pardhi community, a nomadic tribe of Maharashtra. The Pardhis for a long time have been notorious as a community of thieves.
Due to this misconception towards this community, the people of this community are not only being deprived of their basic rights but cases of these people being labeled as thieves and being tortured are also known.
Through his film, Director Nagraj Manjule attempts to break this social hypocrisy towards the people of nomadic tribes. Pistulya is the story of a boy, who craves education and is looked after by his widowed mother who tries hard to make ends meet.
Another notable film from Switzerland is Dharavi - Slum for Sale, by Lutz Konermann and Rob Appleby. The documentary is about the rehabilitation policies of India’s biggest slum Dharavi.
The film follows a laborious, active life of slum dwellers, as well as the process of a radical makeover of Dharavi.
While interacting with media, Lutz appreciated the democratic approach of the rehabilitation processes and that is what he has tried to showcase through his film.
He said he just wanted to show facts about Dharavi.