Lahore, Apr 18 : Two old Indian films - "Calcutta 71" and "Gandhi" - will be screened during the six-day-long film festival in Pakistan beginning today. An initiative of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), the film festival is organised by the Lahore Film and Literary Club (LFLC) at the South Asian Media Centre in Lahore.
The aim of the film festival titled "A Festival of Resistance" is to provide people with a wholesome entertainment and revive the cinema-going culture
"Calcutta 71", a Bengali movie, will be screened tomorrow. Released in 1972, the movie is based on four short stories, each presenting a study of the political turmoil of the 1970s. Directed by Mrinal Sen, it is an indictment against violence and corruption throughout the ages, reported the Daily Times.
Another India movie "Gandhi", released in 1982, will be screened on the fourth day of the event. It is a multi-award-winning movie about the life of Mohandas Gandhi, the leader of the non-violent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India during the first half of the 20th century.
Pakistani movie "Jago Hua Savera" will be screened on the last and the final day of the festival.
SAFMA general secretary Imtiaz Alam said the LFLC would keep on organising such events in the future. "Our country is starving culturally and people do not have access to healthy activities on the weekends. Trying to fill this gap, SAFMA has initiated this club, the LFLC," the paper quoted him as saying.
Every film at the festival would be followed by a discussion session, he said and added that historical movies from across the world were being shown at the event.