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'Fiela’s Child’ wins hearts at IFFK

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 7 (UNI) South African filmmaker Brett Michael Innes’ ‘Fiela’s Child’ conquered the hearts and minds of the audience at the 24th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) when the film was screened on the second day of the festival.
‘Fiela’s Child’ is the first film to be screened in the International Competition section of the festival.
The film depicts the strong bond of love between a mixed-race woman Fiela and her adopted white son Benjamin, alias Lukas van Rooyen. Fiela’s determination and love and the stellar performance of actress Shaleene Surtie-Richards raised a storm of applause.
After the screening, co-producer Danie Bester spoke about the struggles of financing films which employ actors whose backgrounds are primarily in theatre.
Lebanese director Oualid Mouaness’ ‘1982’ was shown at the Kripa theatre. Mouaness uses the recollection of his own experience of the 1982 Lebanon War to weave together a claustrophobic thriller about fugitives hiding in a house from Israeli soldiers.
The highlight of the film is that it manages to generate extreme tension without explicit violence. It had won nine international awards including the FIPRESCI Critics Award at the El Gouna International Film Festival, Best Film at the Rome, Montpelier Mediterranean and Asian World film festivals as well as the NETPAC award at the Toronto International Film Festival. As many as 13 films are participating in this year’s International Competition category including Lijo Jose Pelissery’s ‘Jallikkattu’, Hao You’s ‘My Dear Friend’ and Boris Lojkine’s ‘Camille’.
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Kerala Health Dept sounds alert on 'coronavirus'

22 Jan 2020 | 3:46 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 22 (UNI) Kerala Health Department sounded an alert in the state against coronavirus originating from the Chinese city Wuhan.

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Volunteers of Pensioners Association stages dharna

22 Jan 2020 | 3:00 PM

Puducherry, Jan 22 (UNI) Volunteers of the Pensioners Association staged a dharna in front of the head post office here on Wednesday to press their demands.

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Govt to close down AFT mills : Anbazhagan

22 Jan 2020 | 2:51 PM

Puducherry, Jan 22(UNI) AIADMK legislature party leader A Anbazhagan on Wednesday said that the government is contemplating to close down the Anglo-French Textile (AFT) mills here.

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Two women workers attacked by family members alleging they collecting NPR, Census data

Two women workers attacked by family members alleging they collecting NPR, Census data

22 Jan 2020 | 2:50 PM

Kollam, Jan 22 (UNI) Two woman workers who were conducting a health survey among females were attacked by members of a family at Chitara near Irukkuzhi, alleging that they came for collecting datas for National Population Register (NPR) and the Census.

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Minister inaugurates training programme for farmers

Minister inaugurates training programme for farmers

22 Jan 2020 | 2:48 PM

Puducherry, Jan 22 (UNI) Agriculture Minister R Kamalakannan on Wednesday inaugurated a four- day training programme for farmers, jointly organized by the French Institute of Pondicherry, Puducherry Agriculture Department and some NGOs here.

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