Focus on aboriginals in Australia

Published: 20th November 2012 11:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th November 2012 11:36 AM   |  A+A-

Offering an insight into the life of the aboriginals in Australia, the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will be screening indigenous films from that country in its focus section.

 Eight films are to be screened in the ‘Australian Indigenous Films’ category. The films portray indigenous people, their issues and stories. Films made by indigenous Australians will also be screened.

 ‘Bedevil’ (1993) by Tracey Moffatt; ‘One Night the Moon’ (2001) by Rachel Perkins;  ‘The Tracker’ (2002) by Rolf de Heer; ‘Ten Canoes’ (2006) by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr; ‘Samson and Delilah’ (2009) by Warwick Thornton; ‘Here I am’ (2010) by Beck Cole; ‘Toomelah’ (2011) by  Ivan Sen and ‘The Sapphires’ (2012) by Wayne Blair are the films.

 The films are intended to provide a clear picture on various aspects regarding Australian culture. They aim at throwing light into Australia’s relationship with its indigenous people and culture. The films show their plight - identity crisis and struggle for survival.

 Another highlight of the focus section is ‘Films on Adolescence’. The French films deal with subjects related to adolescents. The contents centre around young heterosexuality, frequently with a romantic plot; intense age-based peer relationships and conflict either within those relationships or with an older generation; the institutional management of adolescence by families, schools, and other institutions; and coming-of-age plots focused on motifs like virginity, graduation, makeover etc. Five films come in this category.

 Under ‘Country Focus- Vietnam’, four films that reflect the three major phases films in Vietnam have undergone would be screened. Adaptations of famous plays are included in the ‘Theatre Films’ section comprising six films. ‘Top Angle - Indian Cinema’ category is meant for films that could not be included in this festival but have won awards in other festivals. ‘Koormavatara’ by Girish Kasaravalli, Reghu Jegannathan’s ‘500 & 5’, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s ‘Temple’, Arvind Iyer’s ‘Drapchi’, Ajita Suchitra Veera’s ‘The Ballad of Rustom’ and ‘Touring Talkies’ of Gajendra Ahire are the movies.

 The festival will commence on December 7.


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