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In India, cine lovers have their fair share of film festivals taking place round the year. Celebrating its fifth edition this year is the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF). Over the last five years DIFF has been bringing the world to Dharamshala. This year the festival will be held between 3rd and 6th November. Long time Dharamshala residents and filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam started this festival.

 

The festival will take place at Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamshala. It is primarily all about showcasing Indian and International films that are beyond the quintessential. It consists of screenings, Q & A’s with filmmakers, panel discussions and masterclasses. More than fifteen Indian and International filmmakers will be presenting their work. Almost all of these films have been screened at illustrious film festivals in other parts of the world. However, they will be premiering in India at DIFF this November.

 

Here’s a list of the features:

 

Feature Documentaries

 

Wojciech Staroń’s Brothers (Poland)

 

Steffi Giaracuni’s Didi Contractor: Marrying the Earth to the Building (Switzerland)

 

Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog (France, USA)

 

Mickey Lemle’s The Last Dalai Lama? (USA)

 

Stanzin Dorjai Gya and Christiane Mordelet’s The Shepherdess of the Glaciers (France, India)

 

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s Sonita (Germany, Switzerland, Iran)

 

Sean McAllister’s A Syrian Love Story (UK, France, Lebanon, Syria)

 

Pushpa Rawat’s The Turn (India)

 

Nguyễn Trinh Thi’s Vietnam the Movie (Vietnam)

 

International feature narratives

Pimpaka Towira’s The Island Funeral (Thailand)

 

Portmanteau film Ten Years (Hong Kong)

 

Jeon Soo-il’s A Korean in Paris (South Korea)

 

Wang Yichun’s What’s in the Darkness (China)

 

Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice (Singapore)

 

Evi Goldbrunner’s At Eye Level (Germany)

 

Khyentse Norbu’s Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (Bhutan)

 

Esen Isik’s Köpek (Switzerland)

 

Ara Chawdhury’s Miss Bulalacao (Phillipines)

 

Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria (Germany)

 

Emir Baigazin’s The Wounded Angel (Kazakhstan)

 

Indian features

 

Raam Reddy’s Thithi

 

Vetri Maaran’s Interrogation

 

Sanjeev Kumar’s Circles of the Mind

 

Mangesh Joshi’s Lathe Joshi

 

Rajiv Ravi’s Kammatipaadam

 

Umesh Kulkarni’s Highway

 

Bauddhayan Mukherji’s The Violin Player

 

International short films

 

Tenzin Dasel and Rémi Caritey’s Royal Café (France)

 

Kristóf Deák’s Sing (Hungary)

 

 

Indian short films

 

Prabhjit Dhamija’s Asmad

 

Hardik Mehta’s Famous in Ahmedabad

 

Pankaja Thakur’s The Guide

 

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Six Strands

 

Nishant Roy Bombarde’s The Threshold

 

Payal Sethi’s Leeches

 

Nina Sabnani’s We Make Images

 

Gurvinder Singh’s Infiltrator

 

This festival is for everyone from filmmakers and volunteers to travelers from afar or the local residents, adults and children alike. Mountains, steaming hot momos and movies, this is an experience every cinephile needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

nayanikka

nayanikka

Leo, a passionate dancer, literature lover, movie buff, foodie, lover of theatrics and all shades of dramatics , wanderlusting at most times.

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