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    Catch public screenings of indie films by the beach in Pondicherry this weekend

    This weekend, the Kameleon International Film Festival will screen 45 short films and documentaries, made by independent and aspiring filmmakers across India. Organised by Indianostrum theatre and supported by the Puducherry Tourism Department and Alliance Francaise, Kameleon was a theatre festival in its previous editions.
    Pondicherry has been Tamil cinema’s backyard for some time now. Songs and action sequences are frequently canned here, often in the same streets — but filmmakers are yet to tire of it, as is evident from the recent Nanum Rowdy Thaan. Now the city seeks to cement its reputation as more than a sought after budget film location. What better way to celebrate celluloid than by showcasing the works of independent filmmakers?
    The selected films (under 30 minutes) deal with themes of contemporary relevance, be it family, religious tolerance, gender equality or even the Syrian crisis — as is the case with one of the nine international films. “The underlying factor is these films offer a sensitive look at diverse human conditions,” says Koumarane Valavane, festival director. “They have a bold vision but also manage to engage the audience through personal stories.”
    A mix of cultures and languages — sub-titled in English — await the audience.While the Alliance Francaise is the principal venue, 16 mm films will be screened at Indianostrum on Romain Rolland, open-air screenings will be held at the Old Distillery (end of Beach Road) and each day’s best films along with world cinema classics will be shown at the Gandhi Thidal, after 6 pm. Filmmakers competing for ‘Best film’ awards and a `1 lakh fellowship, will interact with the audience post screenings.
    From today till December 6, between 10 am and 10 pm. Entry is free. Details: kameleonpondy.com

     Olympia Shilpa Gerald

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