Best of South Asia comes together

Best of South Asia comes together

It’s time to enjoy the best films from across South Asia right here in Delhi. India International Centre, in collaboration with The Southasian Trust, Kathmandu, is set to present the eighth edition of Travelling Film Southasia 2012 – a festival showcasing outstanding documentaries from the region produced in the last two years. These will be screened from August 29 to September 1.

Film Southasia (FSA) is a biennial festival held in Kathmandu once every two years and since its inception in 1997 has provided a unique opportunity for film makers from the region to present their work, interact with one another and build camaraderie in the pursuit of excellence in documentary film making.

As an extension of the festival, a dozen or more of the best films from each of the festivals are selected to tour regionally and globally as Travelling Film Southasia (TFSA). TFSA has now travelled seven times following the first Film Southasia Festival held in September 1997 going to an average of 50 venues all over the world.

At each of the screenings, TFSA has been appreciated for its ability to encapsulate South-Asian issues and concerns, sensitising audiences at home and overseas. The travelling festivals have also been significant for their ability to present both the unity of South Asia as well as its diversity.

The films selected for this edition of TFSA 2012 have been chosen with the help of the FSA ’11 jury chaired by veteran photographer and curator, Satish Sharma. The films look at issues as diverse as the story of women in Afghanistan who are declared ‘infidel’ and have a price on their head (I Was Worth 50 Sheep), to the plight of thousands of migrant labourers in Dubai who submit themselves to the mercy of middlemen and shady employers (Tres Tristes Tigres).

Tehmina Ahmed’s The Search for Justice investigates the state of the judiciary in Pakistan while Paromita Vohra’s Partners in Crime explores the grey horizons of copyright in today’s age when the internet is changing the contours of the e-market.
Guy Guneratne’s The Truth That Wasn’t There, about three student journalists who cross into the north of Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the 2009 war, received the Second Best Film Award.

A documentary from Burma Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing was recognised for Special Mention “for its poetic yet strong visual craft celebrating the human spirit in the aftermath of the devastating cyclone in a closed society.”

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