Five films being distributed by Magic Lantern have won awards at the recently concluded Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), 2012.
Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris won the Golden Conch for Best Documentary Film above 40 minutes. The British film maker’s documentary tells the story of the ‘Gulabi Gang’ which is active in Uttar Pradesh, empowering women.
Rajesh S. Jala’s film At the Stairs won the Golden Conch for the Best Documentary Film. The film examines the lives of widows in Banaras seeking moksha – liberation from the cycle of life and death.
Nitin K. Pamnani’s I am Your Poet won the Golden Conch for the Best Documentary Film (upto 40 minutes). Nitin’s film is about the poetry of Rama Shankar Yadav ‘Vidrohi.’
Mamta Murthy’s Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and Premiere Show dealing with the alternative cinema tradition in Manipur shared the International Jury Award with Moni Bency’s Mahashweta Devi – Close-up.
Amalan Datta’s film on the unique democratic structure of a remote Himalayan village, One Day Ahead of Democracy received the Special Mention Documentary Certificate.
I am Your Poet, Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show, At the Stairs and Bom – aka One Day Ahead of Democracy are being screened at the ongoing Persistence Resistance 2012 in Delhi at the British Council, Arts Faculty of Delhi University North Campus, India International Centre and Max Mueller Bhavan between 9 and 17 February 2012. Pink Saris was screened last year at the Persistence Resistance 2011.