The director of one of the three films refused permission to screen at the Kerala International Documentary and Short Film Festival Thiruvananthapuram filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Kerala against the ministry’s decision.
In March March Kathu Lukose examines the protests of students at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. “I filed the petition in the Supreme Court this morning,” he told Lukose Scroll. “In the first place I would like to respect the legal recourse. In the meantime, public screenings of the film are also organized.”
The other two films are outlawed The unbearable lightness of being by PN Ramachandra and in the shadow of Fallen Chinar by NC Fazil and Shawn Sebastian.
The film Ramachandra about the sequels of PhD suicide Rohith Vemula at the Central University of Hyderabad, has downloaded the movie for free on Vimeo. In the shadow of Fallen Chinar, which includes interviews with students at the University of Kashmir in Srinagar is on YouTube for months.
On June 13, Lukose requested funds to pay for legal proceedings in a Facebook message. On June 14, he took the money.
The annual Kerala International Short Film and Short Film Festival is organized by the Chalachitra Academy, which is supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state government.
The academy organizes IDSFKK and the prestigious Kerala International Film Festival every year.
The clearance of the Ministry of R & D selected titles is mandatory for any film festival in India. The ministry also allows filtering and uncensored clues.
The exceptionally strong reaction from the Ministry of the three films is attributed to the fact that they are all students protests against the power, insensitivity and censorship of the government.
A letter of protest signed by 160 filmmakers from across the country called the “draconian” ban. The letter addressed to I & B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said:
“A brief summary of the themes of banned film screening – suicide investigator Rohit Vemula, artists in Kashmir, and student protests in JNU – indicates that each of these films addresses important policy issues that led to Many discussions within the country.
It is also clear that the then government is using drastic measures to repress the political debate and, in fact, Article 19 of our Constitution, which guarantees the right to freedom of expression of all citizens of this country.
We also note that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has given no reason not to allow prior authorization. ”
The film festival will begin on June 16 and will run until June 20. The Federation of Indian students present two of the three films at more than 150 universities throughout Kerala during the festival as a form of protest.