Indian Riviera: IFFI 2012 by the Mandovi in Goa

Inox Theatre Complex: The centre of action and articulation at Panaji IFFI 2012

With Shaji Karun whose signature film was a big hit in IFFI 2012

Inox complex at night

Before the Mahavir statue in Children’s Park, Panaji, Goa

By the Mandovi in Panaji, Goa. Casino cruisers are anchored in the river day and night.

With Dr V Raghavan from Central University of Kerala, before Inox Theatre Complex, Panaji, Goa

Delegates from all over the world at iffi 2012, Goa

Mangroves, ferries and river islets in the Mandovi, Goa.

In Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Panaji. Mangroves, crabs and waders are plenty.

Lawns and garden of Kala Academy, Goa. This location is on the southern bank of Mandovi in Panaji.

A Sastha like idol in Goa Govt Museum. Such idols are locally ascribed as Yaksha. Very close to the Veera Asana of Dharma Sasthas in Kerala. Ayyappan was an Avalokiteswara Boddhisatva and these icons in the Goa museum testify this trajectory in iconography that links Kerala with Ajanta.

A conservationist family of birders from Pune in Salim Ali sanctuary, Goa.

Kannan/Kana as a Boddhisatva and little buddha on the Pipal leaf/Vatapatra Sayi in Goa Govt Museum. Boddhisatvas like Kana, Muruga, Ayyappa etc were Hinduized in the Brahmanic takeover in the middle ages.

A film buff reading the daily bulletin at Inox, Panaji, Goa

IFFK 2011: Power and Policing Culture

2011 edition of International Film Festival of Kerala (9-16 Dec. 2011) witnessed an overwhelming presence of people from all over the world.  This annual cultural fest is so crucial for the Kerala intelligentsia, students and the youth as it becomes their vital democratic and creative space for cultural communication and democratic cultural politics.

Unfortunately some of the major movies from Europe this year, including that of Almodover were omitted in the selection.  The blind spots in power and the academy also tried to exclude innovative new Malayalam movies like Adimadhyandam by Sherrey.  But such corruptions of power were adequately identified and corrected by the literate delegates and film makers of Kerala with an ethical and collective consciousness of cultural resistance.

Alexander Sokurov’s Faust and Andrey Zyagintsev’s Elena were significant works from Russia.  Sokurov has established himself as the leading director from Europe and Russia after Tarkovsky.  Semih Kaplanoglu’s Turkish films were a delight to the serious film buffs, so was the French master Robert Bresson.  The football films and Arab Spring package scintillated the youth and radicals.  Thai and Philippine movies captivated mixed audiences.

The shadow policing and the police aggression in the venues were a new and nasty practice this year. Market orientation and moral policing in the festival marred its cultural and democratic spirit  this year due to the ignorance and degraded nature of power that crossed all limits of modesty.