THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Indian cinema which doesn’t change with times remains lifeless, said director Vipin Vijay here on Monday. He was sharing a conversation with film critic C S Venkateswaran on the sidelines of the IDSFFK-2017.“At present, non-fiction films are produced in the country,” he said. “Experimentations and changes in world cinema have not reflected in Indian cinema. People of India are modern and conventional at the same time. This reflects in cinema as well. Film bans show cultural decay. Political censorship should be countered with new ideas.”
Like other technologies, he said, cinema too is a colonial import.
“Digital cinema is an excess of visuals. Film schools are working like polytechnics. Most institutes teach only technology and not the art of cinema,” he said. Palestinian women grew stronger War and Israeli oppression made Palestinian women stronger, said renowned Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri.
Palestinian filmmakers found cinema as a medium that can communicate the atrocities and human rights violations they suffered to the outside world. “Women filmmakers’ works are noted for their different style,” she said.“It is different from male-dominated vision. It’s a hollow claim Western women are more free as is evident from the less number of women in Hollywood.
Fifty per cent of filmmakers in Palestine are women.” Gaza, she said, is the biggest open jail in the world.“Palestinians are living in their own country as Israeli slaves. Oppression has the same language everywhere. Films and film festivals help in changing the vision of the world.”