I’M TO say the season of films, that is the 48th International Film Festival of India is here once more and if you want to go see films morning, noon and night you may register yourself as delegate quickly for after November 15 you’ll be charged `300 extra on the present `1,000 delegate fee! Or so my ESG friend Vrundawan tells me. IFFI website is www.iffigoa.org. Don’t know about you but I always look forward to escaping from grim reality in the filmi duniya; not really, the best of films are no fleeting wild escapade but a timeless sublime education and adventure in how we may be sensitive towards not just one’s own but also other people’s life and times.
Always support small causes no matter how unpopular my dears, for need is greatest there. I believe in keeping opposition, defiance, the other side of the picture alive and kicking for primary inherent values — for the sake of real democratic progress and development. The small folk count more. Big, bigger, biggest is not necessarily best for you and me and Mother Earth.
WHICH reminds me I caught some memorable films at the 9th Festival de Cinema Lusophone (part of the 9th Semana da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa events organized by Consul General of Portugal in Goa in association with the ESG) from Sept 22 to 24, 2017, at the Maquinez Palace in Panaji.
Namely, Comboio Noturno para Lisboa (`Night Train to Lisbon’ directed by Bille August), A Tempestade da Terra (`Earth Storm’ directed by Fernando d’Almeida e Silva), Sem Sombra de Pecado (`No Trace of Sin’ directed by Jose Fonseca e Costa) and A Ilha dos Caes (`The Island of Dogs’ directed by Jorge Antonio).
I like what the genial new consul-general of Portugal in Goa, Dr Azevedo, said at the film festival’s inaugural ceremony and that is Portugal and Goa are related by history and have much in common, we must look ahead with a mission to solve people’s problems, that is the challenge. He said, “Two words are important for me. Heritage means our blood, roots, culture, family and nation…and there is knowledge, which offers ways or tools at our disposal to improve our present and future…” Wise words, indeed.
As for the films if you want to get an idea of life and times in Portugal’s other erstwhile colonies in Africa, like Mozambique and Angola…past and present, see this cache of films, they’re eye-openers.
Offering amazing insight into the sins of colonial power, arrogance, poignant relationships and bitter revolutions (external and internal) which leave everyone marked forever in time past, present and future.
On that note it’s avjo, poiteverem, selamat datang, au revoir, arrivedecci and vachun yeta here for now!
— Mme Butterfly