Open Forum- Day 4
Open Forum of day 4 began with remembering V.C. Harris, the renowned film critic. A book about V.C Harris was launched by B.Unnikrishnan to GP Ramachandran. B. Unnikrishnan, film maker and disciple of Harris, delivered the memorial speech. “V.C. Harris was always involved in deconstructing the self and explored the possibilities of the aesthetic transformation into the other”, B. Unnikrishnan said.
The fourth day of 22nd IFFK discussed ‘Writing Cinema’ in the Open Forum with experts like Pradeep Biswas, Harinarayanan, Dr. Sangeetha Chennampally, KC Jithin, Mammad Montage and Nisam Asaf.
The Open Forum dealt cinema criticism in different dimensions. Everybody shared the idea that it should not be a passive act which does not make the most of the diverse theories and perspectives. It should be a serious and mature activity as criticism is an art to refine works of art.
‘The best filmmakers of the world were all great critiques too. Hitchcock and Godard were great critiques.’ Says Bengali critique Pradeep Biswas. The panellists indicated that the involvement of digital platforms has set a new atmosphere to ease the entry of new critiques.
Dr. Sangeetha Chennappally observed that though the digital platforms open new possibilities, there are issues of gender insensitivity and discrimination. Works of women are not taken seriously and ‘it is getting widely defended just for it has written by women’ she adds.
The discussion has also shared a concern that though digital media benefits independent writing corporate establishments have got manipulative influence on them and it should be taken into serious consideration in our discourses about digital media.