C. M. Paul
The 25th festival will screen 172 films will films and 40 Radio programs from 20 countries,” including China, says festival vice-president and one of the founding members of the festival Zygmunt Gutowsky.
Women are protagonists of all the six Indian entries, with three of them narrating the lives of women religious.
Of the six Indian films, four are directed and produced by three Salesians from Tripura, Tamilnadu and Kerala.
The 90-minute Kokbork film Yarwng (Roots) by Salesian Joseph Pulinthanath of Agartala has already bagged several awards in some 40 film festivals it has participated.
Salesian Father A. Raj of Trichy has submitted three short productions (15-minute) on AIDS awareness entitled Life, Love, and Hope.
The last two Salesian entries come from Kochi entitled Beloved Teacher and Yours My Life Entire, both by Salesian Father Jiji Kalavanal, who directs Don Bosco’s IMAGE (Institute of Media, Animation, Graphics and Efx) Vennala.
The remaining two films, both are stories of nuns. The first one entitled: The Last Appeal (33- minute) is a film on the life of St. Faustina, apostle of the Divine Mercy directed by Father Bala Udumala of Vijayawada diocese, Andhra Pradesh.
The second is a Malayalam telefilm entitled Nurunguvettangal (pieces of light) by lay Catholic Leo Thaddeus from Kerala.
The opening films at the festival are The Last Appeal and Nurunguvettangal.
The oldest running International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival venue is the hallowed City of the Immaculate (Niepokalanow) originally set up by St Maxmilian Kolbe, a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Poland.
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