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Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival: A Movie Gala dedicated to Horror Genre in India will Debut on May 19

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Mumbai, May 11, 2017: The Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival, a movie gala dedicated to the horror genre in India, will debut on May 19.

Over 50 such films will be screened, and a number of filmmakers will showcase their debut projects here at the YB Chavan Centre and Ravindra Natya Mandir, read a statement.

The three-day film festival is dedicated to honouring and celebrating the legacy of short horror films.

“Sushrut Mankani”, son of veteran Marathi actor Ravindra Mankani, will also be marking his debut here with the Marathi horror film “Found Footage”.

“Found Footage” is based on a journey of four friends who call themselves ghost hunters. They go on a mission to find a ghost which is haunting a school premises since a long time.

“It is very exciting to showcase and screen a movie like ‘Found Footage’ which is made on a totally different format. We at The Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival provide a platform where all the talented movie makers can showcase their movies,” said Shaunak Sirrole, content head and the festival director.

Talking about the horror film festival, which will have more than 10 debut directors screening their respective projects, Farhad Katgara, Co-Founder of the Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival said: “We’re excited to bring forth this unique format which will provide a platform to all filmmakers to showcase their work and also provide a platform for short films under the horror/thriller genre to reach out to the masses.” (IANS)

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Thrill of 27th Annual Pan African Festival

One of the main goals of the festival is to create dialogue and education through film and the arts.

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Linus has used the power of the media to bring awareness to child marriage, which affects girls around the world. Pixabay

More than 100 artisans and 170 films from around the world are being showcased at the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

The multiday event in the largely African American neighborhood of Baldwin Hills aims to connect Africans to people of African descent from around the world.

“As a result of the slave trade and colonization, African people are spread all over the planet, so we get a chance through this festival, get a chance to know each other,” said the festival’s executive director, Ayuko Babu.

Film, fine art, fashion and jewelry with Africa as inspiration are all featured at the festival.

“I never think of us as African American. I think of us as Africans in America, and in coming from that perspective, the ancestral lineage of art and Africa is beyond belief,” said jewelry artist Henry Baba Osageyfo Colby of Timbuktu Art Colony.

FILE - Nigerian filmmaker and actress Stephanie Okereke Linus poses for a photograph during a ceremony to unveil her as the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, March 8, 2017.
Nigerian filmmaker and actress Stephanie Okereke Linus poses for a photograph during a ceremony to unveil her as the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, March 8, 2017. VOA

Film festival

Filmmakers from around the world, such as Nigerian director and actress Stephanie Linus, also attended the festival.

“Connecting all of us to film that is especially about us and we can see a reflection of ourselves and tell our stories and get a better understanding about where I’m coming from,” said Linus, who presented her movie, Dry, at the festival.

The film is about child marriage and the devastating effects of the practice. It is a social issue in Nigeria that surprised Linus when she first learned about it while attending college.

“I’m like, ‘Oh my God, can you believe that we’re living in the same country? We’re having two totally different experiences.’ We in the south (of Nigeria) are able to go to school, have an education, decide what happens to our bodies, and there’s some people up in the north where they don’t even have those choices.”

Linus has used the power of the media to bring awareness to child marriage, which affects girls around the world.

“I’m happy that people have taken proactive action because we screened the movie in Gambia and a month later, the government banned child marriage in Gambia,” Linus said.

Dialogue and education

One of the main goals of the festival is to create dialogue and education through film and the arts.

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“We know there’s profound things happening around the black world, and so this is a way to amplify that make people pay attention,” Babu said.

This year’s festival opened Feb. 7 and runs through Feb. 18. (VOA)