The 11th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) has seen a shift towards covering contemporary issues like war, migration, gender conflicts. Many filmmakers like, Devashish Makhija, Derek Chiu and Sameh Zoabi and many others are raising these sensitive issues of the society in the films.
“Film festival this year has seen an increased submission of movies that touch on concepts of conflict that talk on contemporary issues like war, migration and gender conflicts”, N Vidyashankar Artistic Director said
Films serve as a medium where we can express the ideas embedded through dialogues. “The increased tension in the country is inspiring the filmmakers to raise these issues in their creations. Films are a good way to raise such issues as other mediums aren’t feasible,” said Devashish Makhija , Indian Filmmaker. He adds that his film Bhonsle highlights issues faced by migration, identity crisis an outsider faces.
“My movie, ‘No 1 Chung Ying Street’ is based on politics in Hong Kong. On a global scenario, where the countries are unstable a lot of movies come up that highlight political sensitive issues. In India, with respect to unrest scenario, a lot of directors here are coming up with these issues in their movies,” Derek Chiu, a filmmaker from Hong Kong.
While comparing the movies that were presented last year, this year there are movies of different genre like war crisis, identity crisis ,“In comparison to the last edition of the BIFFES, this year many more war related movies are being screened like Tel Aviv on Fire, Invisibles,” said Gaurish Naik, a student attending the fest.
The people attending the film fest also see their interests shifting towards the genres like war, conflicts, and identity crisis. “I have seen a lot of war related movies here now and they interest me. This is one of the reasons why I am attending it,” said Nageshwar Rao, a visitor to the film festival.
When there are situations of unrest in the country, filmmakers also find it important to present the ideologies to the people through their storytelling.