The Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers & Artists Association (TNPWAA) on Saturday began its effort to screen at least 1,500 shows of selected movies here on Saturday.
Avan Amaran, a movie released in 1958, w as screened to kick off the drive by editor B Lenin and other TNPWAA functionaries.
Speaking at the occasion, director SP Jananathan observed that only two films among 100 movies released between 1931 and 1935 could be chosen for screening.
He said that it had become a mandate to take cinema to the people and that too at a time when theatres were being converted into commercial complexes and marriage halls. TNPWAA state president S Tamilselvan, who echoed the views of Jananathan, said that it would help revive the tradition of watching a movie as an entire village and set the trend of discussing cinemas.
“Though there was always a difference between dream and reality, we take this big dream forward with the firm hope of realising it,” he said.
S Venkatesan, general secretary of the association, said that their attempt was to screen cinema that played a vital role in deciding the social responsibility and culture of the people.
State organiser Karuna said that their selection would cover works of young directors who had made short films with alternative creativity.
Association district secretary K Anbarasan said that they had chosen around 45 movies from the world cinema category, besides several feature films from Indian cinema and some Tamil films as well.