Thursday April 25, 2019

Watch it, Weekend it: Let’s celebrate last five Indian Oscar entries

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By Atul Mishra

NewsGram is back with your personal downloadable film festival! Humdrums and hullabaloo over the course of hectic week must have been getting on your nerves. So let’s lighten it all up by celebrating the last five films which were chosen as India’s official entries to the Oscars for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category.

Court, 2014

This film has been garnering lot of attention these days as it was recently selected for India’s official entry at the 88th Academy Awards. So all is not veiled with this magnificent Marathi courtroom drama and the pragmatics of Indian legal system presented on the celluloid.

Court_(film)_POSTERWinning Best Feature Film at 62nd National Film Awards, having gotten premiered at 71st Venice International Film Festival winning the Best Film in Horizons category, director Chaitanya Tamhane getting Luigi De Laurentiis (Lion of the Future), all these gigantic accolades speak a lot about this masterpiece.

Why to watch it- Brilliant script, intelligently hard hitting and yet sensitive, extraordinary exposition of the worrying state of freedom of speech in the Indian democracy.

(P.S.- Pray that we’ve our fourth nomination after Mother India, Salam Bombay and Lagaan; and pray even more that we’ve our first win!)

Liar’s Dice, 2013

You’ve been too much in the courtroom, inside witness stand. Let’s take you to the roads outside!

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‘Liar’s dice’, a Hindi road drama film directed by debutant Geetu Mohandas, narrates the story of a young mother, living in remote village, whose husband goes missing after having left to work many months ago. At a deeper level, the film deals with the issues of migrant labors and their jeopardy.

This film was submitted as India’s official entry to the 87th Academy Awards by the Film Federation of India (FFI), but wasn’t nominated.

Why to watch it- Propelling acting by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, exotic cinematography and audaciously heartening and moving.

The Good Road, 2012

Let’s hitchhike and explore the labyrinthine roads more!

‘The Good Road’ is a 2013 Indian drama film written and directed by Gyan Correa. It was selected for the official entry at 86th Academy Awards. The film is an amalgamation of many stories intertwined intricately and playing around majorly in a highway in suburban Gujarat.

The_Good_Road_Gujarati_Movie_PosterThe film won the Best Gujarati film award at the 60th National Film Awards for “capturing the flavor of the never-ending and undulating highways of the other India and its hidden facets.”

Why to watch it- Terrifying highway diaries will make you forget yourself!

Barfi, 2012

A Hindi drama film that explores the life of Murphy “Barfi” and his relationships with two women, one of them is autistic.

 

Barfi-Movie-Poster-Designs-21Pratim D. Gupta of ‘The Telegraph’, after the film’s release, had said, “The brilliance of Barfi is that it’s no story and all storytelling. It’s about a director at the top of his game orchestrating terrific talent into a bravura crescendo. Only someone who has showed death the door can open windows to life like this.”

This film was selected for the entry at 85th Academy Awards.

Why to watch it- Heart touching and visually stunning film, warm and brilliant acting by Ranbir Kapoor who is deaf and yet speaks so much with his candid expressions.

Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam), 2011

A 2011 Malayalam drama film written, directed and co-produced by Salim Ahamed, ‘Abu, Son of Adam’, narrates the story of a perfume seller whose last wish of his life is to go on Hajj pilgrimage.

AdaminteMakanAbuThe film had garnered four National Film Awards: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Background Score, at the 58th National Film Awards. It was officially selected as India’s entry at the 84th Academy Awards.

The film, apart from narrating old man’s strive to fulfill his wish, projects the stark universal theme of human relationships beyond caste and religion.

Why to watch it- Marvelous acting, a rare insight into Muslim life of Kerala, showcase of peaceful piousness.

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People with Albinism Face Great Difficulties in Seeking Justice

Ero says persons with Albinism suffer from discrimination, stigma and social exclusion

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FILE - People with albinism pose with campaigners for their rights in the capital of Lilongwe, Malawi, in early 2016 before the start of street protests against attacks. VOA

The Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism reports people with this condition have great difficulty getting justice or recompense for physical attacks and other harmful practices against them and their families. The expert’s latest report has been under debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Last year has been a particularly difficult one for persons with albinism in southern Africa. UN expert, Ikponwosa Ero says she has received numerous reports of abhorrent attacks against them.

From past experience, she says it is likely the number of reported cases does not reflect the true magnitude of the problem. Over the past decade, she says there have been more than 700 cases of attacks in 28 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She notes these are reported cases. Most, she says, are never brought to light.

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FILE – The U.N.’s independent expert on human rights and albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, addresses a news conference at the end of her official visit to Malawi on April 29, 2016. VOA

Worldwide, Ero says persons with Albinism suffer from discrimination, stigma and social exclusion. She says they are subject to physical attacks and harmful practices related to certain beliefs in magic and witchcraft. However, when they seek redress, she says persons with albinism too frequently are denied access to justice.

“Overall, in terms of these criminal cases, inordinate delays are common in prosecuting cases of serious charges such as murder and mutilation. Cases with relatively lesser charges such as threats and possession of exhumed body parts from gravesites are — depending on the country in question — either prosecuted relatively quickly or are not taken seriously at all.”

Ero says there are many barriers to access to justice, including lack of knowledge by victims on how the justice system works. She says discrimination from members of the legal community and the inability to pay the costs associated with going to court are other impediments.

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The independent expert says specific measures must be taken to improve access to justice for persons with albinism. She recommends victims and their relatives be given protection to encourage them to come forward with evidence of a crime. She says they also should be rehabilitated.

Ero says persons with albinism who are seeking justice should receive legal aid and laws should be amended to take into account the threats targeting this particular group. (VOA)