Sub-continent movies take some space

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Feb 25, 2017 03:14 PM IST

Chennai: Every day, the cinema industry is expanding into various language across the globe reflecting the community’s cultural forms and customs. Even now, there are countries where filmmakers cannot invest much on their movies. This could be due to an economical mode from the area they come from. For such movie-makers, short film is one such way to portray their creativity on a small budget.

Apart from India, other countries in the Indian subcontinent still have been making attempts to occupy a space in the international cinema. This year, in the fourth edition of the CISFF, three movies from the subcontinent were screened.

A still from My Russian friend


A Nepali movie My Russian Friend which is an eight minute short film summarises the experience of the filmmaker who is a stranger in a Russian city. The journey laden with fear and hopelessness in the beginning, soon transitions into a world of beautiful friendship.

Director Tribeny Rai, who is a 25 years old, is an independent filmmaker from the subcontinent. She completed her Post graduation diploma from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute and further pushed her into short films and documentaries that have been screened at many National and International film festivals. Apart from this, there were two Bangladeshi films that were screened in the festival. One of them was with a feminism touch named, Statement after my poet husband’s death.

The film portrays the emotions of a recently widowed woman who has a feeling of deliverance after the death of her poet husband. The film tries to convey that, 'Though love relation is believed to bring happiness in a woman’s life, often it causes pain and abasement’. Still, a simple woman goes far and accepts a lot of disgrace for his love. But, after a certain period, the feeling of love dies from continuous abjection. The breathing person she loved becomes dead to her. Even the actual death of that person comes as relief.

Despite being brought up in a country that is historically male dominating, an ordinary Bangladeshi woman often tend to take some difficult but vital decisions which come from the lesson of self esteem her culture taught her. The family structure in Bangladesh facilitates a mental shelter for the ordinary woman taking any important life decision long after she is matured or married. An ordinary woman could become the symbol of self esteem, not through practising any recognized feminist lifestyle, rather living her ordinary stolid life.

Followed by this, an another Bangaladeshi short film named See You Again was also screened at the festival. This five minute short film is all about an old man with a hump back lands in a green village. He offers free ice cream to the children and plays with them joyfully.

But few village junkies press him to get them ice cream. However, the old man refuses with a changing behavior following which they force him to open the box but the old man pushes one of them with heavy strength. The junkies fire up and beat the old man. All things considered, they glimpse inside the container and are stunned.

The old man escapes with an overwhelming heart. With these cultural and emotional touches, the three movies from the sub-continent screened at the CISFF fetched some good viewer turnout. Above all, it was a huge round of applause at the end of all these three movies that is the real recognition for them among the hard core movie buffs.