August 13, 2016 12:41:15 am
EVERY YEAR by this time, the yearly Tribal Film Festival, which is organised by the city-based organisation Bahurang, receives a major chunk of its total number of entries by now. However, this year, the festival has not been able to pick up momentum, with very few entries coming in from other states.
The three entries received so far are from Maharashtra. Hence, the deadline has been pushed to September 10. It is the 11th edition of the Tribal Film Festival, which is scheduled on September 25 at the National Films Archive of India.
The three Marathi short films received this year so far are Jyanche Koni, Aaikat Nahi, Pali and Nave Kshitij. “Every year, we get entries from other states including Odisha, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal and so on. Since films on tribals and tribal culture as a theme are not made on a very large scale, the total entries received every year are around 15. However, this year, we have not yet received any entries from other states so far. We have contacted the state tribal departments and have reminded them again, and have asked them to send entries by September 10. We are hoping that we receive entries soon,” said Kundalik Kedari, the founder of Bahurang, an organisation that works toward study, research, development and propagation of folk art forms in the field of dance, drama, literature, music and folklores, other than exploring the mannerisms, lifestyle, religious beliefs and traditions followed by the tribals across the country.
Over the years, the Tribal Film Festival has grown in terms of number of films showcased as well as films in other regional languages. For instance, while in its first edition in 2006, other than three Marathi films on tribal art and culture, the festival showcased just one Tamil short film named It Rested, in the following years, it screened films in various languages like Gujarati, Rajasthani, Odiya and Malayalam, among others.
According to Kedari, film as a medium of expression should be explored by more and more filmmakers to capture the life of tribals and their culture.
“There are 47 tribal communities spread across the country, among which the population of some of the tribes is very low. Other than taking steps for upliftment of the tribals, we also need to document their art and culture through films,” said Kedari.
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