IFFC ends with screening of films on Terrorism, Marwar culture

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Jaipur, Mar 29 (UNI) Problem of terrorism and its communal aspects, social evils and cultural facets of Marwar, and socio-spiritual face of Pushkar made echoes at the Second International Festival of Short Films on Culture (IFFC-2008) here today.

The problem of terrorism was highlighted through a Hindi film, "A Muslim but not a Terrorist", produced by Wilson Louis and directed by Douglas D'gama. The film picturised the ordeal that Aslam goes through for being a Muslim. It is also about his dream of seeing peace in the world, and making it a better place to live in. It is about the bold steps that Aslam takes to erase the stigma of terrorism from his community.

Another Indian film on Marwari culture of Rajasthan- "Her Marwari Legacy" was also screened today on the concluding day. The 12-minute English movie, produced and directed by Himmat Singh, is about the less explored aspects of the Marwari culture, which reflects on the animals being an integral part of the cultural milieu.

Very few people know about this group of 'Marwaris' even in Rajasthan, their home state. A British woman not just adopted them but made them a part of a spectacular show. Her efforts have unfolded salient features of 'Shalihotra'- the ancient treatise on horses.

The film portrays not just the history but the rhythms of joy shared by all living beings with the intention to introduce a lesser known feature to a larger audience. It is a ride to our great heritage that has so many dimensions.

The holy town of Pushkar found its presence in the festival with two short films, one from India and another from Czech Republic, which were screened today.

"A Romantic Affair -Pushkar Fair", a 18-minute film produced by Vinod Chandra Sati and directed by Kalpana Mathur focuses on the socio-cultural aspect of the Pushkar Fair. Fair is one such festive occasion, where every year lakhs of rural and urban Rajasthani and others, with unflinching faith and beliefs, with great zeal and enthusiasm in their hearts come and camp in here, in this fascinating land in the midst of the October and November.

Another 23-minute Czech film, "Pushkar-town of Divine", produced and directed by Irena and Vojtech Havlovi presented artistic document of Pushkar in moods and moments of every day life.

Around 35 films were also screened today which included- The Bellringer (Switzerland), Hezurbeltzak- a common grave (Spain), Icons 2 (Russia), The Other India (India), Shikashika (USA), A Touch (Uzbekistan), One of the Last (Italy), Fire (Netherlands), Her Marwari Legacy (India), Icons (Russia), I Promise Africa (USA), Picole, Pintinho and Pipa (Brazil), Horn Ok Please (UK), Brahm Vivah (India), Capsular (Belgium), Eclipse (Russia), JA05 TBO (UK), Taxi (Spain), The Invisible's Parliament (Belgium), Blind Man's Eye (Ireland), A Romantic Affair- Pushkar Fair (India), Strand (Netherlands), Dry (India), Not a good idea (Spain), Maude (UK), Eyes and dreams (India), Ijime: Part II (USA), Question Air (India), Shroud&Torrent (USA), Kanya- The Girl Child (India), Cyclomoteur (USA), Growth (Netherlands), Pushkar- town of divine (Czech Republic), Three Aphorisms (Russia) and A Muslim- but not a Terrorist (India).

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