2nd day of Documentary Film festival continues its tradition of showcasing contemporary Indian non-fiction films



The 4th Indian Documentary Film Festival, hosted by the Film Society of Bhubaneswar, embarked on its second day at the iconic Odissi Research Centre in Xavier Square, Bhubaneswar.

This year, the festival continues its tradition of showcasing contemporary Indian non-fiction films that delve deep into the intricate tapestry of India’s past and present, grappling with issues of inequality, caste, class, gender, and ecology.

The festival, spanning three days, boasts a rich lineup of 25 thought-provoking films. Day 2 of the festival commenced with Subasri Krishnan’s ‘What the Fields Remember,’ a poignant exploration of the aftermath of the tragic Nellie Riots in 1983. This powerful documentary sets the tone for the day, setting the stage for engaging discussions and reflections on India’s historical conflicts.

The lineup for Day 2 included a stellar array of films that left the audience captivated and contemplative. Debalina Majumdar’s ‘Beyond the Blues’ takes viewers on a compelling journey through the life of a queer individual who courageously decides to challenge societal norms by changing their assigned gender. This documentary offers a raw and unfiltered glimpse into the consequences of such a decision within the conservative backdrop of Indian society.

Nausheen Khan’s touching documentary, ‘Land of my Dreams,’ masterfully chronicles the landmark Women’s Protest at Shaheen Bagh, spotlighting the resilience and strength of Indian women in their pursuit of justice and equality. ‘Rifle and a Bag,’ a riveting account of two former members of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and their families after they surrender to the Indian government, offers a unique perspective on the complex dynamics of rebellion, surrender, and redemption.
Priyanka Chhabra’s expansive and insightful documentary takes a deep dive into the grand narrative of the Partition of India. Told through the lens of a refugee, the film unravels the heart-wrenching journey of displaced individuals, weaving together their stories through documents and archives, which serve as locked-up drawers of memory and longing.

The festival also saw active participation from accomplished filmmakers. Nausheen Khan and Debalina Majumdar engaged in workshops and conversations, providing valuable insights into the art of documentary filmmaking.

Subrat Beura, the festival director and honorary President of the Film Society of Bhubaneswar, highlighted the importance of both experimental and narrative storytelling in the landscape of independent non-fiction cinema.

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