Monday, July 16, 2007

Sikkim docu-fest draws a crowd

Statesman News Service
GANGTOK, July 15: A documentary film festival, organised by a local group, is in progress here.
Fifteen documentary films from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada and India are being screened as part of the festival.
“The festival is aimed at providing a platform to the documentary filmmakers to plan their future movies. This is for the first time that such a festival is being held in Sikkim,” said Mr Raman Shresta who played a ky role in organising the event.
“The movies, such as Team Nepal, The Great Indian School Show, The City Beautiful and Teardrops of Karnaphuli have caught the attention of the state’s cinelovers,” Mr Shresta, added.
These movies were also screend in Madrid, Dutch, USA, Karachi, Holland, Spain and all other South Asian countries, he said.
Free shows were organised for the students of Deorali Senior Secondary Girls High School (DSSGHS) recently. “The objective was to let the students know the improtance of documentary films. They showed keen interest in watching the documentary movies. We are now planning to let the students of Palzor Namgyal Girls Senior Secondary School to watch the movies,” Mr Shresta, added. He informed that efforts are on to bring in other popular documentary movies based on environment to the Himalayan state. “We want the youths to come forward and support our endeavour,” Mr Shreta said.