Asian premier of 4 acclaimed documentaries at Dharamsala film fest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2015 21:55 IST

Into its fourth addition, the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIIF) starting November 5 will host the Asian and Indian premiers of four documentaries.

"Making its rounds at festivals across the globe, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film "The Wolfpack "will have its Indian premiere at DIFF 2015," said Sana Rizvi, the festival manager.

The film follows six brothers who have lived their lives locked away from society. Their only contact with the outside world is through the films they watch and meticulously re-enact.

Apart from it, the festival sees the Asian Premiere of "Yallah! Underground", a documentary about some of the most influential and progressive artists in Arab underground culture from 2009 to 2013.

Director Farid Eslam documents their work, dreams and fears in a time of great change for Arab societies.

"The Indian Premiere of Tibetan Warrior will bring filmmaker Dodo Hunziker and his protagonist, Loten Namling, to the festival," Rizvi said, adding that the film is a sensitive take on the struggle of exile Tibetans.

The film follows Namling as he sets off on a one-man mission to understand the motives behind the self-immolations taking place in Tibet.

DIFF will also screen Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke's short documentary, Tashi and the Monk, a story of healing and transformation. Winner of the Indomitable Spirit Award at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival and premiering in India at DIFF, the film revolves around Lobsang, a former monk, and Tashi, a child with a troubled past.

DIIF is being organised by White Crane Arts and Media, a trust aimed at promoting art, cinema and independent media practices in the Himalayan region, told the organisers.

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