FTII STUDENT DOCUMENTARY WINS SPECIAL MENTION AT ONLINE OBERHAUSEN FILM FESTIVAL (26th May, 2021)
There's something to cheer even in these testing pandemic times !
A student documentary KALSUBAI produced by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune has won Special Mention of the Ecumenical Online Jury in the First International Online Competition at Oberhausen and also the Grand Online Prize of the City of Oberhausen, Germany.
The Awards were announced today.
Directed by Yudhajit Basu ,a student of Film Direction of 2017 batch at FTII, KALSUBAI is a 20-minute documentary.
The Oberhausen citation reads,"(Presented to KALSUBAI) For creating a dialogue between past and present through its lyrical ethnography; and for exploring with a gentle distance a remarkable mythology empowering non-traditional ways for women to live."
"KALSUBAI explores the history of the Goddess Kalsu and her meaning for the women of Bari. The film relies on strong visual and acoustic images that neither explain nor falsify. The almost photographic compositions and their expressive simplicity make the film accessible to everyone and invite you to reflect on your own cultural influences and to question them.", says a statement from the Jury.
Chairman Shekhar Kapur has congratulated FTII and Yudhajit Basu on this significant international honours.