Make your Sundays worthwhile this month with five eclectic films brought to you by Alliance Francaise, Pondicherry in association with Navadarshan Film Society. The Sunday film screening sessions feature Indian films, be it Hindi films, like Masaan and Manjhi —The Mountain Man, or the English film, Margarita with a Straw and one Bengali film called Kadambari. “The movies are curated based on their social relevant themes, awards won by them, movies from well-known directors and their importance as an art form. Suggestions are also accepted from our spectators,” says Saikat Bhattacharya, who heads the Cultural and Communications department, Alliance Francaise. “The movies are selected after a thorough literature review and most of them are non-commercial oriented films. We also consider commercial films that have a great impact socially. For example, though Bajrangi Bhaijan was a commercial film, it was chosen for last week’s screening because of the impact it had on the Pakistani audience which led to the release of an Indian girl who was stranded in Pakistan for 13 years,” says M Palani, secretary of Navadarshan Film Society, Pondicherry. “Once the movies are finalised, we try purchasing them online, either DVD or Blue Ray, and they will only be screened after purchasing the rights,” adds Palani.
Open to all, with English sub-titles, spectators include tourists and even visitors from Chennai. Talking about the purpose of the screening, Bhattacharya says, “A film is the best medium of instruction when it comes to learning a language. Through films students can easily learn a language as well as the culture as they are directly involving with it. Being a cultural centre, we also aim at taking the country’s culture to our foreign spectators through Indian films.”
Every Sunday at 6 pm at AF Auditorium, Pondicherry. Till January 31. Details: 04132334351.
— Rini Baby Thottil