The presence of films made by the students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII),Pune,has been a regular feature in the International Film Festival of India (IFFI),Goa. This year,two such films,Makara (Marathi),directed by Prantik Basu and The Donkey Fair (Hindi/Gujarati),directed by Rakesh Shukla,have been selected for the non-feature film category in the Indian Panorama section of the 44th edition of the festival. The IFFI is scheduled to take place in Goa from November 20 to 30.
Makara,a diploma film by Basu,is the story of a bloated crocodile carcass found floating on a man-made lake situated at the heart of a metropolis and draws the attention of people from different walks of life. The Donkey Fair directed by Shukla,on the other hand,is a documentary on Sri Kshetra Madhi in Ahmednagar,which is the venue for the annual donkey fair,attracting a family of donkey traders from Gujarat. This film is an attempt to trace a few aspects of their lives,revealing the ground reality of the fair and its ironic fallout,a setting in which Jivu Ben,the sole woman member of the family,distinctively stands out with her combative spirit.