Cinema is said to be a means to gain better understanding of a country’s past and future aspirations. The first edition of the BRICS Film Festival, which starts today at Sirifort auditorium in Delhi, embodies this thought. With a collection of more than 30 films, documentaries and student films from the member nations, along with cultural performances and cuisines highlighting the tradition and culture of these countries, the festival aims at promoting cultural exchange between the BRICS countries — Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa.
The festival has 20 films competing for the BRICS gold medal and Certificate of Excellence under the following categories — Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (male/female) and the Special Jury Award. The five-member jury will be headed by nine-time National Award winner Kannada director TS Nagabharana. “Cinema helps in establishing links, emotional and political, and to develop a broader perspective,” said Nagabharana. He added that viewers will recognise similar themes being depicted in films from different countries. For instance, the concept of family bondage has been showcased in the South African, Russian and Brazilian films.
The festival will not only give a dose of exemplary world cinema but also an opportunity to attend panel discussions, which will have eminent international journalists, directors, producers and actors expressing their views on contemporary issues related to films and filmmaking.
The opening ceremony, at 5 pm today, will feature a cultural performance from India, including dance by Sonal Mansingh’s troupe. It will also see the world premiere of National Award-winning director Jayaraj R Nair’s Veeram. The awards will be conferred at the closing ceremony, on September 6, which will focus on the theme “Journey of Indian Cinema”. It will feature a cultural performance from China, where the next edition of the festival will be held, and another choreographed by Shiamak Davar. The Indian premiere of Jackie Chan starrer Skiptrace will also take place. The entry is free and registration can be done on dff.nic.in.