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Festival Director’s note

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The International Film Festival of Thrissur (IFFT) is celebrating its 13 th anniversary of its inception. IFFT and the Chalachithrakendra have been able to pave the way for a unique movie culture in the cultural history of Thrissur in the past 12 years. In the times of insecurities and intolerance of various levels
on the backdrops of hackneyed visions and experiences, movies stand to instigate an urge for survival and protest. The coming days are a waiting for the arousal of this dissent. The 13 th IFFT commencing on 1 st March 2018 presents hopes, quite humane and eternal.

The first IFFT which was dedicated to ‘the film culture and heritage of Thrissur’ was sensitive of the in-depth intermingling of history and films. The later editions of the Festival screened films dealing with the concepts of ‘Nation’ and ‘Nationality’ at length.

The Indian Panorama will show the many faces of contemporary Indian Cinema.There will be vigorous discussions in the Category that questions the attempts to transcend the boundaries of humanity, questioning the essence of humanism. The various packages in the Festival are designed to attract a
heterogenous audience.

The Festival also boasts of the nostalgia of the World Classic Cinema. Talks related to that topic, symposium and open forums are arranged simultaneously. Besides there will be sessions paying homage to K.R.Mohanan, Dr.Latha, Benny Saradhy and Sasidharan A.V. Performances, folk art forms, music programs, Gujrati Dance etc. are also part of the Festival.

The Festival gives special focus to Germany this year. The contemporary German Cinema entails the wounds and separations imposed on them after the second World War. In some ways, the German Cinema attempts to wipe away the still pertaining blood stains from their dreams or consciousness, that is necessitated by the very existence of the entire German population. We cannot but see the cries for help arising from the borders and far away places amidst the hullabaloo of amazing and fast changes in Cinema and society in
general. As long as there is a quest for knowledge of the puzzle remaining in our minds, cinema will have its audience. And they will be made to question themselves, hurt themselves, and feel the pain of the people.

IFFT has rewriitten the visual etiquette of film festivals which were hitherto, an execution of centralised cultural norms. This feat was achieved by ensuring inclusive representation in organizing collaborations with various cultural organizations, and by forming novel and alternative culture of film appreciation. The idea of Mobile Film Festival that began with the second IFFT is an evidence of a novel film culture in education.

The 13 th IFFT is enriched with such readings and rereadings and voices of dissent. This festival is known for screening the best of the World Films in the ‘Global Cinema Category’. This category includes movies of dissent.

Movies dealing with topics such as exile, womanhood and the like, would be part of the Festival. Moreover, the 13 th IFFT gives special representation for ‘women in cinema.’ In a way, the Festival begins on a very
decisive socio-political scenario. As it is, the Festival is known for its nature of a popular Film Festival and it has been designed to sensitize the common psyche of the people.

As we select and show movies in the different categories, the subtle ideological concern that leads the movement should be taken note of. The movies selected for the Festival reveals the disquiet and invariant unrest in the contemporary human conditions.

Let me welcome you all to the land of Thrissur for the 13 th IFFT, in the hope that such movies will reach out to us from the Silver Screen.

Dr. Roshniswapna