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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurates 27th IFFK


Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the 27th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) at Nishagandhi auditorium by switching on a professional arc lamp.

Inaugurating the event he said that some efforts are being identified to turn film festivals into tools for the propagation of parochial thinking. Efforts are made to reflect life in a global perspective through these film festivals. Everything humane is not alien to such festivals and the attempts to make film festivals a part of parochial thinking is not welcoming, he added.

Iranian filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi conveyed that she was treated as a criminal in her own country when she failed to arrive at the Cannes Film Festival only because she is a woman and a filmmaker. Even their works of art disturb the authorities that their freedom of movement is restricted to an extent. 

The Chief Minister emphasized that through the experience of Mahnaz, the mindset highlighted in some countries regarding the superiority of some ethnic race or group is revealed through the incident. Greek filmmaker Athena Rachel Zangari received the Spirit of Cinema Award on behalf of Mahnaz.

Cultural Minister V N Vasavan presided over the function. Minister V Sivankutty unfurled the Festival Handbook to Minister Antony Raju and Minister G R Anil presented the Daily Bulletin to Mayor Arya Rajendran. The festival special edition of KSCA monthly journal Chalachitra Sameeksha released by Adv. V K Prasanth MLA by handing over to KSFDC Chairman Shaji N Karun. KSCA Chairman Ranjith, Vice Chairman Premkumar, Secretary C Ajoy, Artistic Director Deepika Suseelan and others were present at the function.