The Doha Film Institute (DFI) in partnership with Qatar Museums and the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will mark the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019 by screening a selection of three contemporary films by some of India's most exciting filmmakers, every weekend from 4 July to 20 July, at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium.
A Qatar Museums initiative, the Year of Culture is a year-long programme developed to deepen understanding between nations through mutual exchanges of arts, culture, heritage, and sport. Through many events and initiatives, it invites audiences in both countries to explore their cultural similarities, as well as celebrate their differences. The DFI Indian Cinema - Summer Hits showcase will screen three award-winning films by emerging and established filmmaking talent that bridge the divide between commercial and independent cinema, and paint a different cinematic canvas employing alternative storytelling techniques that is universal in global aesthetics but rooted in local content.
Fatma Hassan Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, said: "We are delighted to present this special program of genre-bending films that showcase the best in contemporary Indian cinema to audiences in Qatar. The Indian film industry has been a powerhouse for many years now, producing the largest number of feature films in the world. Due to the wide reach and popularity of Indian cinema, films from this culturally diverse nation throughout its rich history has evolved as a form but has remained remarkably distinctive. We look forward to audiences discovering the rich complexity and diversity of new age Indian storytelling through the lens of these talented filmmakers who are breaking fresh grounds for Indian cinema globally."
The special showcase will kick off on 4 July at 7 PM with Village Rockstars (2017), by writer, director and producer Rima Das at 7 pm. The coming-of-age film is set in a small village in Northeast India. Its main character, 10-year-old Dhunu, is spirited, imaginative, and determined. She dreams of being in a rock band and has ambitions to learn the guitar but faces daily struggles, which she faces with the help of a group of boys and her widowed mother. Village Rockstars won Best Film at India's prestigious National Film Awards, as well as several other international awards and was India's official entry to the Best Foreign Language film category at the 2018 Academy Awards. The film also screens at 4 pm and 7 pm on 5 and 6 July. (QNA)
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