Ten compelling films from diverse corners of the globe vie for the prestigious ICFT–UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). These cinematic masterpieces, carefully selected, transcend geographical boundaries to embody the timeless ideals of Mahatma Gandhi at the IFFI.
‘A HOUSE IN JERUSALEM’
Muayad Alayan’s ‘A House in Jerusalem’ intricately weaves the complexities of human relationships against the backdrop of conflicting cultures in Jerusalem. The film explores individual struggles and aspirations amidst historical and political tensions.
Tinatin Kajrishvili’s ‘Citizen Saint’ unfolds in Georgia, offering a poignant portrayal of an individual navigating societal challenges to uphold moral integrity. It delves into personal sacrifice and the quest for righteousness.
Anthony Chen’s ‘Drift’ takes audiences on a narrative journey that intertwines lives across different countries, exploring themes of identity, belonging, and the human quest for connection. The film reflects on how drifting through life’s uncertainties can lead to unexpected bonds.
Apolline Traoré’s ‘It’s Sira’ unfolds through a multicultural lens, narrating a tale of resilience that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries. The film highlights shared human experiences in the face of adversity.
Ove Musting’s ‘Kalev’ immerses audiences in Estonia’s cultural essence, intricately weaving personal journeys with national history. The film reflects on the intertwined fabric of individual and collective identities.
Paul Fauzan Agusta’s ‘The Prize’ delves into the complexities of ambition and the pursuit of success in Indonesia. The narrative probes the moral dilemmas individuals face in their quest for recognition and achievement.
‘THE SUGAR EXPERIMENT’
John Tornblad’s ‘The Sugar Experiment’ sheds light on societal norms and individual choices in Sweden. The film explores how personal experiments with societal constructs can challenge established paradigms.
Rakesh Chaturvadi Om’s ‘Mandali,’ rooted in India, traverses the landscapes of friendship, loyalty, and personal growth. It encapsulates the transformative power of relationships and the journeys they catalyze.
Vishnu Sasi Shankar’s ‘Malikapuram’ unfolds in the cultural milieu of Kerala, India, depicting the intricacies of relationships amidst societal expectations. The film navigates the emotional terrain of human connections and the conflicts that arise within them.
‘RABINDRA KABYA RAHASYA’
Sayantan Ghosan’s ‘Rabindra Kabya Rahasya,’ set against the backdrop of Bengal, India, encapsulates the essence of Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry. The film unravels the mysteries inherent in human emotions and relationships.
These ten cinematic gems, each a unique narrative echoing Gandhi’s philosophy, vie for the ICFT–UNESCO Gandhi Medal. As they grace the screens at IFFI 54, they serve as powerful messengers of peace, tolerance, non-violence, and compassion, embodying the enduring values that transcend time and borders.