From the Festival Director’s desk:-
What is a Nation? Cinema and Narration
The International Film Festival of Thrissur (IFFT) brings you this year a bouquet of films that resonate with the most trenchant issues of our times. In a world of transnational movements and multinational capital, how cinemas engage with nations and nationalisms is an interesting thesis. Even as we arrive at the uneasy realization that globalization and nationalism form two sides of the same coin, cinephiles have to content with moot questions on how a nation imagines its cinema and how cinema imagines its nation. Many of the films we bring you this year are critique dominant imaginations and practices that sustain nation states. They look at the marginalized lives and compromised liberties of ordinary individuals caught up in larger political battles. We live in difficult times and many of these films capture the moral dilemmas of our age, the agony of poverty, the fear of repression, the quiet struggle to regain the dignity of life and labor. Thus they are historical documents of this age. We sincerely hope that the packages we have put together this time on identities, nations and sexualities will fuel current debates about the function of cinema and the relevance of nationalisms.