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Tunisia film festival attracts large numbers of visitors

Tunisia film festival attracts large numbers of visitors

Imphal, May 27 (UNI) A two-day Tunisian film festival held here attracted a huge crowd.

The Tunisian Film Festival in Imphal concluded last night. Film lovers were able to see high-level

contemporary movies from Tunisia over the last two days.

The organisers were also planning to popularise the traditional way of watching films in movie theatres. Film Society of Manipur and Manipur Film Development Society are planning to organize monthly film screening with interaction session on every third Saturday to promote good films in Manipur according to the President of the Society, Meghachandra Kongbam.

The Federation of Film Societies of India, Eastern Region in collaboration with the Film Society of Manipur organized the Tunisian Film Festival with the support of Tunisia Embassy in New Delhi and Manipur State Film Development Society on May 25 and 26 at the main auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society.

The festival kicked off Saturday when three movies, Porto Farina (2019) directed Ibrahim Letaief. Mustafa Z (2017) directed by Nidhal Chatta and Shattered Waves (2017) Directed by Habib Nestiri were screened to a large audience. On Sunday, three films namely- Whispering Sands (2018) Directed by Nacer Khmer, Visit (El Ziara)(2014) directed by Nawfel Saheb Ettabaa and Sweet Smell of Spring(2016) directed by Ferid Boughedir were screened.

The Commissioner (Art & Culture), Manipur M. Lashmikumar Singh who inaugurated the festival appreciated the venture of the Film Society of Manipur in collaboration with the Federation of Film Societies of India for organizing such meaningful film festivals towards the growth of good film movement in Manipur. National Awardee film critic Meghachandra Kongbam, the President of Film Society of Manipur enlightened the audience about the socio-political conditions of Tunisia and eminent filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar, Secretary of Film Society of Manipur talked about the Tunisian Cinema before the screening of the films.

The festival had a unique flavour when eminent personalities from the Critics Forum, Manipur shared the space of the interaction session conducted after a screening of every film.

Renown art critic Dr N. Tombi Singh, Advisor of Critics Forum initiated the interactive session on the first film- Porto Farina, Sahitya Akademi awardee Yumlembam Ibomcha on the second film- Mustafa Z and Dr Lamabam Gojendro, President of Critics Forum, Manipur on the third film- Shattered Waves.

Dr I. S. Kangjam, former President of Critics Forum and presently the President of the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad initiated the interaction session of the film- Whispering Sands, theatre director and scholar Dr N. Premchand, Vice - President of Critics Forum, Manipur on the film-. Visit (El Ziara) and theatre director Loitongbam Dorendro, Treasurer of the Critics Forum on the last film- Sweet Smell of Spring.

Sahitya Akademi awardee Dilip Mayengbam, former Station Director of AIR, Imphal, Assistant Professor of Theatre , Manipur University of Culture Toijam Shila Devi, Assistant Professor of English, Manipur College P. Biprachand, Swarna Kamal awardee for Best Book of National Film Awards 2018 Bobby Wahengbam and film critic and author Yambem Tombi were main participants of the interaction sessions.

The Federation of Film Societies of India is organizing the Tunisian Film festival at different cities of the country like Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Imphal, Guwahati, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Thrissur and some other places to propagate the film culture of Tunisia country.


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