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South Asian films at 36th Göteborg International Fim Festival
January 25, 2013 - 00:00-February 4, 2013 - 00:00
South Asia is quite well represented at the 36th Göteborg International Film Festival (GIFF), this year held from 25 January till 4 February 2013. Several feature films from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will be screened. Besides, a number of highly interesting documentary films on Afghanistan are included in the extensive programme, and also a documentary from Nepal.
GIFF grows from year to year, it is the largest film festival in Scandinavia, and this year it is spread out over 13 cinema halls all over Gothenburg. SASNET’s Lars Eklund will as usual participate and report on the highlights among the South Asian films. One of them is Mira Nair’s latest film, ”The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, based on Mohsin Hamid’s novel with the same name. It is a joint Indian/Pakistani/US film production.
Another Pakistani feature film to be shown is ”Good Morning Karachi” (photo to the right) by Sabiha Sumar, a film being produced with support from Göteborg International Film Festival Fund. The Bangladeshi film is entitled ”Television” and is made by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. It has also received support from the GIFF Fund, and recently it was awarded the jury prize at the film festival in Dubai.
The Indian feature films are ”Ha Bharat Maza” (India is my country) by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar; and ”Filmistaan” by Nitin Kakkar (photo to the left).
Two Indian documentarys will be screened – Nidhi Tull’s film ”The Saroj Khan Story”; and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s film ”Celluloid Man” focusing on early Indian film production and especially P K Nair, a key person at the National Film Archive. A joint Nepalese/Japanese documentary is ”Playing with Nan” by film makers Dipesh Kharel and Asami Saito, on a poor Nepalese peasant migrating for work in Japan.
Documentaries on Afghanistan also feature prominently in the programme. ”My Afghanistan – Life in the Forbidden Zone”, made by Afghani-Danish journalist and film maker Nagieb Khaja documents civil life in the war zones between Taliban and government troops (photo to the right). ”No Burqas Behind Bars” is a horrifying Swedish documentary production made by Nima Sarvestani on women’s situation in Afghani prisons. Some short films related to South Asia are also shown during GIFF 2013, one film by Maud Nycander and Iga Mikler on the tough life for girl school children in Bangladesh, ”Go Straight Home”, and one film by Maryam Ebrahimi, also on women in an Afghani prison, ”The Death Row”.