IFFK 2012 media centre at Kairali complex Thampanur, Tvm, Kerala
young delegates and students at Kairali
Dipa Mehta in conversation at Sree. Her Midnight’s Children was a crowd puller in IFFK 2012. Dipa also openly criticized the very idea of censorship in culture.
Kairali complex bearing the logo of IFFK 2012 milked by the morning sunshine
Poet Anwar Ali and friends at the fest
East Fort in Tvm where a ‘neo nationalist anthem’ was played before each screening in Sri Papanava hall, violating the cosmopolitan culture and protocol of the festival. It was an insult to India’s national anthem and the constitution. A naked heinous aggressive fascist act by the Savarna fascists in Kerala capital. The ministry and political leadership is answerable for such condemnable bits.
Renovated public square in East Fort, Tvm.
With film buffs and critics, Prof Isthahac and Dr P S Radhakrishnan before New Theatre. Photo: Seena Panoly
Padmateertha Kulam, an ancient pond in Tvm inside the Fort before the temple. It could be a silent witness to the conversion of Padmapani boddhistava to Padmanabha Vishnu in the 8th century. Anyway the affix Padma still stays…
Bina Paul (sitting), artistic director and the woman behind the international film festival of Kerala, with her team of youngsters prompt behind each venue.
East Fort, Tvm in the evening light from the west.
A double decker KSRTC bus at Kizhake Kotta, Tvm. A favorite with children and the young in mind.
Banana, Jack chips, fries and nuts in East Fort market, Tvm.
East Fort and the historic Methan Mani (Mohammedan Clock) inside and annexed to Kuthira Malika, built as a symbolic hit at the Mysore sultans especially Tipu by the Travancore kingdom that was spared in the Mysore occupation due to the British attack in Srirangapatna and the treaty of 1792.
An interesting idol of Sri Chatambi Swamy (1853-1924) inside the fort in Tvm, a leading sage and reformer who fought the Vedic hegemony (Veda Adhikara Nirupanam) and caste elitism during the Kerala renaissance in early 20th century.
The people in the festival, defying all the fascist attempts of appropriating it, watching films politically, engaging in hot debates and acts of resistance and liberation. Films of Kim Ki Duk; Arirang and Pieta were block busters in the fest and new directors from Kerala like Kamal K M and Adeyapartha Rajan were promising. Cheekha the Crier by Adeya Rajan was a phenomenal debut film from a young master that interrogated multiple ways of freedom… in the material, spiritual, aesthetic and many other worlds.