Film on Fishermen Escapes Scissorhands (IBN Live/New Indian Express)

GFI congratulates grantee Leena Manimekalai on gaining CBFC-clearance for SENGADAL, THE DEAD SEA

A scene from Leena Manimekalai's SENGADAL, THE DEAD SEA

(via IBN Live/New Indian Express) Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai has found her shaken faith in democracy restored. At the end of a long battle, her film, ‘Sengadal, the Dead Sea,’ was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with an ‘A’ certificate without any cut for theatrical release.

This docu-fiction, which portrays the plight of the families of fishermen, who were allegedly killed by the Lankan Navy at sea, was earlier shot down by the regional censor board on the grounds that it contained “political reference in a denigrating way on the functioning of Indian and Sri Lankan governments”.

The filmmaker decided to challenge the ban with the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) authorities, New Delhi. [more…]

Indian New Wave?

SOUL OF SAND’s Sidharth Srinivasan speaks with Rob Avila about modernity, caste and breathing new life into the Indian independent scene

A scene from SOUL OF SAND

I had an opportunity to sit down with the film’s affable and thoughtful director, Sidharth Srinivasan, just after he introduced the film to a sold-out house on January 15th at the Museum of Modern Art. At the end of our conversation, he returned to the screening room for what proved a long and spirited Q&A with his clearly moved, cosmopolitan audience. Below are a few highlights from our discussion.

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