Vikalp Curates Docus At BIFFES This Year, To Screen Armenian Director, Harutyun Khachatryan's Retrospective!

By Nita Deshmukh. Posted on January 29, 2016

Indian documentaries have been on a roll lately & one can say that we are in the most exciting phase for documentaries in recent years. However, we must not overlook the fact that most of the documentary filmmakers still have to struggle for funding. Our country lacks a distribution model for documentaries.

Keeping this is in view, a group of five documentary filmmakers, Gautam Soni, Swati Dangekar, Sushma Veerappa, Sandhya Kumar and Sunanda Bhat have come together to curate the best documentary films from across India and rest of the world so that a strong & vibrant community of documentary enthusiasts can be cultivated.

"Vikalp Bengaluru is a group of filmmakers, screening documentaries from India and all over the world since 2005. We strive to cultivate a vibrant community of documentary enthusiasts in Bengaluru", says Sunanda Bhat.

This year Vikalp Bengaluru is curating the documentary section at the 8th Bengaluru International Film Festival . Documentaries at BIFFES are categorized in five sections: Indian Currents, International Current, Climate Change and Drought, Student films and the Retrospective of noted Armenian filmmaker Harutyun Khachatryan.  

Known for his eloquent evocation of  Armenian realities through compelling imagery, filmmaker and cinematographer Harutyun Khachatryan, in all his films, remains faithful to his subject, the fate of his people and his country. Three of his most exciting films, Return of the Poet, Border and Endless Escape, Eternal Return will be part of the festival. 

The Indian Currents showcase a deeply personal aesthetic of filmmakers, as they negotiate a shifting personal-political framework. They speak multiple languages in diverse cinematic styles, but the stories are nevertheless moving, relevant and allow ample space for conversation.

The International Currents section consists of five well-travelled films of the last two years.  The films represent different regions of the world and uniquely diverse, original and engaging styles of documentary filmmaking, from cinema-verite to docu-drama, from activist to poetic. This will be the Indian premiere of all five films.

The films on the theme ‘Climate Change and Drought’ foreground the lives of those facing challenges in their fight for existence, either from changing weather patterns and a deteriorating environment or from continued extraction of resources from the earth in the name of development.

"With the digital medium lot of young passionate people are showing interest in documentary filmmaking. We at Vikalp not only want help those filmmakers but also want to build a audience base", concludes Sunanda. The student films represent some of the best work done by student filmmakers from different film schools in India. Giving us a glimpse of the diversity in subjects and approaches to filmmaking, these films offer a peek into what might be the future paradigms of documentary filmmaking in India.

To know the complete list of documentaries screening at BIFFES 2016 click here.


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