When Prince Charming arrives with a glass slipper at Cinderellas doorstep,the popular fairy tale takes a twist in the German film Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella. She does not simply fall into his arms. Instead,he must actively pursue a Cinderella who is a skilled sharpshooter and wears hunting outfits rather than magical ball gowns. This fairy tale with a difference is a part of Persistence Resistance 2012,an annual festival of short films and documentaries,that will be held in Delhi from February 9 to 17.
Non-mainstream films that shock and provoke rather than entertain have been the mainstay of Persistence Resistance,which turns five this year. Among the 46 documentaries that make up the screening roster this year are subjects such as farmer suicides,Khap Panchayats,the Armed Forces Special Powers Act,and the Tsunami. It is encouraging that most of the audience at Persistence Resistance is the youth, says Gargi Sen of Magic Lantern Foundation,which organises the festival.
Among the 15 films that will be screened for the first time in India is Fried Fish,Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show,a film about the landscapes,people and culture of Manipur by director Mamta Murthy. Micha X Peleds award-winning film,Bitter Seeds,on the other hand,turns a probing camera on farmer suicides in Maharashtra. Apart from Indian filmmakers,the festival will also showcase films from the US,Italy,Germany,the Netherlands and Estonia.
The screenings will take at the British Council,IIC,North Campus and Max Mueller Bhavan.