“Documentary filmmakers should uphold secularism in their films”, said Chief Minister inaugurating the 11th edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala at the Kairali Theatre. These directors must shed light on the real life happenings in the contemporary society. This can be dangerous situation for people who are unbiased Like Anand Patwardhan, one with a secular orientation should have a gutsy approach in representing facts as facts. Documentaries are supposed to historically document all the resistance of the deprived. Given that most documentaries and short films in the festival tries to discuss the themes on the contemporary socio- political and humanistic issues. Starting from environmental to racial issues, documentary films are both a means and medium of resistance. This is the highlight of this festival.” He added in his inaugural address.
Renowned documentary filmmaker Rakesh Sharma was the Chief Guest of the event presided over by A K Balan, Minister for Cultural Affairs. Anand Patwardhan received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Pinarayi Vijayan.
Kamal, Chairman, Kerala State Chalachithra Academy released the Festival Book by handing it over to the chief guest. A K Balan released the Daily Bulletin with Lenin Rajendran, Chairman, Kerala State Film Development Corporation, receiving the copy. Bina Paul, Vice Chairperson, Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, Mahesh Panju, Secretary, Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, Madhu Janardhanan, General Council Member were present in the dais.
Kamal, Chairperson, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy at the inaugural ceremony of IDSFFK 2018
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan delivering the inaugural address