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Indian Film Festival – Special events and live tweeting

IFFM Queen

The Indian Film Festival is a Victorian Government initiative that aims to strengthen cultural ties between the Indian Film industry and Victoria. Currently in it’s second year, the program extends to film, dance and master classes.

Together with the Australia India Institute, the Indian Film Festival is hosting a talk with Konkona Sen.  Konkona Sen has appeared in both mainstream and arthouse movies in three languages, including the film the Film Festival is closing with on Sunday.

Topic: Arthouse v. Mainstream
Location: Satyajit Ray Memorial Leture
Time: Tonight at 6pm
Booking and details here

Also, Live-tweeting the event on @TheTwoChairs is Benjamin D. Skevofilax.

The festival closes this weekend with Gayonar Baksho, a comedy drama about a jewellery box handed through three generations of women. The screening is on Sunday 11 May from 7:30 at Hoyts in Melbourne Central. Tickets available here.

Konkona Sen has appeared in both mainstream and arthouse movies in three languages, including the film the Film Festival is closing with on Sunday.

Benjamin D. Skevofilax is a Melbourne based writer, independent filmmaker and cinephile with a passion for films and multimedia storytelling from countries around the world that explore how diverse and creative our world is and how we can encourage and incorporate more diversity into our lives and entertainment.

The Two Chairs sits w. Zayaan


Suzanne (founder of TheTwoChairs) sits with Zayaan Jappie (@EvefromWestside) and talks about (lack of) diversity in Australian film industry.

Topic of discussion: It’s Women International day. Lets celebrate by discussing diversity and women in the filming industry 🙂

Join us and find out on Sunday.

Zaayan Jappie studied film at UTS (NSW, Australia) and ITESM (Mexico). Her first film Rima; about a young Muslim who wears the veil and works in the modified car industry in Western Sydney was selected for various local and international film festivals, including the Dubai International Film Festival, Dungog and Arab Film Festival. She also worked in LA assisting Luke Doolan, an oscar nominated director/editor. Eve is my next special project, the script was guided by producer Daniella Ortega. Eve was also a finalist for a Script Pitching Contest for Colourfest Film Festival 2013. Zayaan is currently raising funds to make the film, check it out at: www.pozible.com/evethefilm

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Utopia gives a voice to the oppressed

Utopia, what an eye opener!

The first time I heard about Utopia was on Twitter, interestingly, the documentary was first released in the UK. Twitter gave the impression that it was an eye opener.

Thinking about it now, John Pilger wanted to send a clear message that the Australian government was treating its first people inhumanely and that change needed to happen. To release it overseas was a smart tactic as it help focus attention and build momentum.

From the first tweet and reviews that I had read online, I look forward to seeing the documentary. Still I wasn’t fully prepared to learn the dark truth about Australia. I wrote a piece about my experience at being at Redfern to see this doco. Have a read here.

Have you watched Utopia yet? What did you think of it?

Share your experience and thoughts at the comments below.

– post written by Suzanne Nguyen