Tag: IFFM2020

QUICK REVIEW: B. Selvi & Daughters, Tamil, IFFM-2020

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25 minutes simple and empowering film dealing with the relationship between a 50-year-old widowed woman (Selvi) and her independent-minded young daughter in Chennai. Director Driysha charts the ups and downs of an online startup by Selvi and the daughter’s positive push. The rather intricate relationship between the daughter and the mother is seen through the prism of fulfilling a career dream often suppressed by matrimony.
In a society where a middle-aged now single woman is lost in the din of conservative-traditional society, this short film is a ray of hope. It’s never too late to realize one’s dreams. Gayathrie, Kalairani, Jeeva Ravi do justice to their roles. A good selection in the IFFM-2020. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

QUICK REVIEW: Habbadi (Marathi), IFFM-2020

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 23 October 2020: The second opening movie of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2020, Habbadi’ (Marathi) directed by Nachiket Samant (Gachchi, 2017), deals with a 10-year-old village boy (Karan Dave) who faces flak and discrimination because he stammers. He is like anyone but chided in school and daily life for his unusual speech disability. The boy wants to join the village Kabbadi team to visit Mumbai. Uttering ‘Kabbadi Kabbadi’ being an essential part of this Indian sport makes his journey full of roadblocks.

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The one hour 48 minutes movie is an empowering one as the boy’s Kabbadi zeal despite the speech defect rubs shoulder with his attempt to meet the village girl (Vedashree Mahajan) who shifted to Mumbai as a mission. With excellent acting and a rural Maharashtra setting, the movie gives a positive message. Never give up. Determination and support can always beat an issue frowned upon by society. This movie is an example of how cinema can give strength to people trying to overcome disability. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

IFFM-2020 opens with films addressing disability & gender equality

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 20 October 2020: The 11th International Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), online this year will open with Vidya Balan’s Natkhat and Nachiket Samant Habadd in Marathi. The two movies can be streamed free on 23 October 2020 at iffm.com.au.The festival which will go on till 30th October will stream over 50 films in 17 languages, including 34 International Premieres and 56 Australian Premieres, available to audiences across Australia.

IFFM Festival Director, Mitu Bhowmick Lange: “Indian filmmakers – from independent short filmmakers to our most powerful directors – turn their gaze to issues of freedom and equality in the contemporary world and celebrate the diversity that defines us all. The film is a powerful way to bring people together be they sitting in a packed cinema or in 2020, in their own homes.”

All films will be available for viewing free of charge across Australia from October 23 to 30. in recognition of the pressures this year has placed on many people, IFFM is partnering with Mental Health Foundation Australia and encourages festival participants to donate to MHF when booking.

Chairperson, Vasan Srinivasan said: “The world of cinema is one that can bring joy. Sometimes sitting down and watching a film, is a great way to practice self-care and promote mental wellbeing. This is what the Mental Health Foundation Australia is all about. Cinema has the power to unite, and I wish the IFFM team all the very best in their
venture to do so.’’

The Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said: “The Victorian Government is proud to support the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Each year the festival showcases the breadth and depth of Indian cinema and gives a platform for new talent through the short film competition. This year the festival is taking the celebrations to a new level, opening up access to film lovers across the country through this incredible – and free – online program.”

NATKHAT (transl The Brat) is a 25-minute film produced and starring Vidya Balan. One of India’s most powerful and acclaimed actors, widely recognized as pioneering a change in the portrayal of women in Hindi Cinema, Balan plays an abused mother teaching her son about gender equality and empathy through the telling of a simple bed’me story.

The delightful feature HABADDI focuses on Kabaddi a popular contact sport in Southern Asia that first originated in Ancient India. When the news of his village’s Kabbadi team traveling to Mumbai breaks out a 10-year-old boy with a speech impediment sees the opportunity to meet the girl he adores. But will he be able to chant kabbadi kabbadi without stammering?

To view the Festival program, and for booking guidelines go to – Iffm.com.au

IFFM-2020 ( 23-30 Oct 2020) Opening Night Teaser

Feminism is my worldview, I love writing also: Malayalam Director Anjali Menon

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 12 September: “It’s a part of who I am. It emerges. That’s my worldview.” says Anjali Menon, India’s National Award-winning Malayalam film Director Anjali Menon. She was answering to a question about her being a feminist at an IFFM Film Club interview cum interaction organized by the IFFM-2020 today.

Anjali Menon’s directional ventures include Kerala Café (2009), Manjadikuru (2012), Ustad Hotel (2012- Scriptwriter only), Bangalore Days (2014) among others. The grown-up in the UAE, a graduate of the London Film School, she lives in Bangalore.

Answering to a question about her blogs and short stories by South Asia Times (SAT), Anjali said, “I am a lazy writer but enjoy writing. It’s a question of word counts and a lot to learn. It’s a rich process to project one’s worldview.

It’s my great aspiration to write more and more.”

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Replying to Rajeev Masand’s question about women in direction, she says, “The film industry is not the most representative in this regard. The perception they working there is negative.

A study on five film industries has been done on this subject and we know discrimination exists.

Also, once money comes gender goes away, but one has to see how women work. If you have to swim against the current, then you have to be a good swimmer.”

About her bias for family subjects she says, “The family is the molecule of society. It’s great playing ground. From within, I like family subjects.

Even dysfunctional families as a subject are more interesting.”

She answered many questions from Rajeev Masand and the participants. A few points that emerged:

- I am much more concerned about the subject;
- Hindi mainstream cinema is differently made but happy to work in Hindi;
- Streaming of movies has made them more accessible & regional movies have space.

The IFFM Film Club interaction with Anjali Menon saw more than 100 people participating including the Malayali diaspora in Australia. Big participation from other communities and cinema lovers gave the Zoom event a big boost to the popularity of the International Film Festival of India -2020 in its virtual presentation.

For more info- iffm.com.au