THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:‘‘People like me had failed not because our films were bad or did not communicate. They failed because the mechanism of showing our films far and wide had failed. Because those in power in different parts of the country did not prioritise the need to show them,’’ he said.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the 11th IDSFFK which will screen 206 short films and documentaries over five days. Sixty-four films will be screened in the competition section.
After inaugurating the fest, Pinarayi said short films and documentaries today act as weapons of resistance. “We can defeat the great lies of this post-truth world and the fundamentalist powers and social ills only through a resistance created by credible, authentic visuals,” he said.
Documentary filmmaker Rakesh Sharma was the chief guest at the function. Cultural Affairs Minister A K Balan presided. Kerala State Chalachitra Academy chairman Kamal, vice- chairperson Bina Paul, Kerala State Film Development Corporation chairman Lenin Rajendran and others were present.‘Human Flow,’ a documentary film by Chinese filmmaker and artist Ai Weiwei on the refugee crises in different parts of the world, was screened after the inaugural function.