Initially thinking VIBGYOR was some unpronounceable Indian word, I was reminded that it's an acronym for the colours of the rainbow.
Below are some photos I took of a BJP (Hindu nationalist) protest outside the festival gates, trying to prevent a screening of "Ocean of Tears", about violence perpetrated against the people of Kashmir, especially women. They later interrupted the screening, yelled slogans, and tried to tear down the projection screen.
A large portion of the audience got up on the stage and shouted them down for several minutes until the police finally escorted the protesters from the theatre back to the street while the screening continued, to much applause.
We were later told some of the protesters were from the RSS, a right-wing, paramilitary group, which made the intrusion considerably more ominous, in retrospect.
The last photos are of the filmmaker, Bilal. A. Jan, in a post-screening discussion.
All this was going on just prior to a screening of The Corporation, which may have, in addition to the film having been widely circulated here since its release, contributed to a low turnout. Some potential festival goers may have missed the screening because they were preparing for a planned occupation of a Coca-Cola bottling plant nearby.
The theme of the festival this year is "Gender Justice" and I had the pleasure of presenting "Two Brides and a Scalpel: Diary of a Lesbian Marriage" a film I made with Jennifer Abbott in the late 90s. The film was extremely well received, with many requests for copies to show to various groups.
This evening, I'll be showing Manufacturing Consent, which has become required viewing here over the past 22 years in a wide range of courses. Numerous filmmakers and documentary enthusiasts tell me it turned their heads around politically, changed the course of their studies, or opened them to the possibility that documentaries don't have to be boring.
More photos after the break...
Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of HelloCoolWorld.com, the grassroots team behind The Corporation, and is featured in a "Grassroots Marketing" segment on The Corporation DVD set. She is dedicated to harnessing the power of the film to rein in corporate abuse through the development of the Campaign 4 Corporate Harm Reduction. |
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