DIFF seeks to select a diverse range of films that span borders and countries, but are linked by universal themes. From the issue of technology encroaching on personal freedoms and the struggles of undocumented immigrants, to the frustration of being trapped in one’s own body, these films explore freedom in its different forms and the obstacles that may get in the way.
French filmmaker Boris Lojkine’s film, Hope delves into the disturbing realities of undocumented immigrants. The feature narrative tells the story of a Nigerian woman, Hope, who is rescued in the Sahara desert by a young man from the Cameroon. The two endure a treacherous journey in order to get to Europe.
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice combined with his aggressive approach to information access ensnared him in a two-year legal battle that ended when he took his own life. Brian Knappenberger has directed this pertinent film, showing us what we lose when we disregard technology and its effect on our civil liberties.
Polish filmmaker, Małgorzata Szumowska, explores the treatment of the body as an object, a site of loss, or a thing of beauty and hope, in her beautifully realized film, Body. Set in present day Poland, Body is centred around the intertwined stories of a criminal prosecutor, his anorexic daughter, and her quirky therapist.
View the DIFF 2015 programme here: http://diff.co.in/diff-2015-films-a-z/ More films to be announced shortly.
General Registration for DIFF 2015 is open
Registration for all passes for DIFF 2015 is now open. Register at http://diff.co.in/registration/
The 4th edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival will take place in McLeodganj between 5-8 November. Longtime residents of Dharamshala, IndianTibetan filmmaking couple Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, initiated the film festival with the aim to bring high quality independent cinema to Dharamshala, encourage local filmmaking talent and create a meaningful platform for engage all the communities in the area. For more information, log on to http://www.diff.co.in