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Boy,s Things (Raquel Colera) Spain

Boy,s Things
Raquel Colera
Spain. 2022. 14 min

The 90’s. Summer begins in a rural town. Marta, a happy and innocent 12-year-old girl, enjoys playing football with her friends, riding a bike and building the same hut every year. Everything in her world is perfect, but Marta is different from the other girls in the village: besides being the leader of her gang of friends, she is the only girl in the group. Although gender has never been an obstacle in their friendship, this is about to change: Loren, a 16-year-old boy, arrives in town and approaches Marta’s friends, changing their gaze towards her. Loren has come to stay, and with him puberty and gender roles. Will Marta lose her innocence and accept the rules of her new world?

RAQUEL COLERA

Raquel Colera has a degree in Audiovisual Communication. She has worked in the film industry as a Producer and Production Manager for almost 20 years. Throughout her professional career, she has collaborated with directors such as Rodrigo Rodero (El idioma imposible), Ramón Salazar (10,000 Nights Nowhere) or Inés París (Manzanas, pollos y quimeras).
She has recently redirected her career towards screenwriting and directing: during 2021 she co-directed the fiction short film “Medina Querida”, which was awarded Best Short Film at the 16th EIMA Marathon of the Medina del Campo Film Festival and selected at FICAB 2021 in Argentina. She has also written and directed this fiction short film “Boys’ things” (2022). At the same time, she is developing the feature film of the same name, her first fiction project as screenwriter and director.

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Deepa Mehta gets Lifetime Achievement Award at Imagineindia 2023

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is internationally renowned. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and been sold and distributed around the globe. Her films include the Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, and the Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee, Water; Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel; Anatomy of Violence, and most recently the award-winning Funny Boy, which was nominated for several Canadian Screen Awards and won for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. The film also picked up Best Picture and Best Supporting Performance Female at the 2021 Leo Awards.

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Bangla Surf Girls (Elizabeth D Costa) Canada, Bangladesh

Bangla Surf Girls
Elizabeth D Costa
Canada, Bangladesh. 2021. 86 min

Shobe, Aisha and Suma break away from the drudgery of their lives by joining a surf club in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The girls fight family pressure and social judgement, for a few hours on the waves each day and gain confidence as their natural skill and prowess gains attention and praise. The joy and freedom of the waves are a stark change from the abuse and hardship they face at home. Soon they are poised to make history as Bangladesh’s first women surfers. However the fate of the club itself hangs on the leadership of the coach who has his own challenges. The odds stack up but the girls refuse to give up. .Balancing the freedom of the waves with the restrictive realities of their circumstances, we experience the thrill and struggle of coming-of-age in a developing country.

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf, President of Jury at Imagineindia 2023

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Tehran, Iran, May 29, 1957) is an Iranian filmmaker, writer, scriptwriter, film producer and activist for human rights. He has been president of the Asian Film Academy since 2009 and founded in 1996 the alternative film school “Makhmalbaf Film House” in Tehran, today converted into a production company and brand of the Makhmalbaf family’s productions.

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Awards Imagineindia 2022

BEST FILM

1 – Neighbours (Mano Khalil) Switzerland

2 – Amira (Mohamed Diab) Egypt

2 – Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots (Ryohei Yoshino) Japan

BEST DIRECTOR

1 – Mohamed Diab. Amira (Mohamed Diab) Egypt

2 – Deepa Mehta. Funny Boy (Deepa Mehta) Canada

2 – Ryohei Yoshino. Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots (Ryohei Yoshino) Japan

BEST ACTRESS

1 – Saba Mubarak / Tara Abboud. Amira (Mohamed Diab) Egypt

2 – Yui Sakuma. Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots (Ryohei Yoshino) Japan

2 – Zhang Zimu. The Coffin Painter (Da Fei) China

BEST ACTOR

1 – Lopsang. The Coffin Painter (Da Fei) China

1 – Li Jiu Xiao. Streetwise (Jiazuo Na) China

BEST SCRIPT

1 – Mano Khalil. Neighbours (Mano Khalil) Switzerland

2 – Na Jiazuo. Streetwise (Jiazuo Na) China

BEST DOP

1 – Satya Nagpaul. Crescent Night (Gurvinder Singh) India

2 – Ahmed Gabr. Amira (Mohamed Diab) Egypt

BEST MUSIC

1 – Mario Batkovic. Neighbours (Mano Khalil) Switzerland

2 – Xiao Bohan. The Coffin Painter (Da Fei) China

BEST SOUND DESIGN

1 – 2000 Songs of Farida (Yolkin Tuychiev) Uzbekistan

BEST EDITING

1 – Neighbours (Mano Khalil) Switzerland

2 – Funny Boy (Deepa Mehta) Canada

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1 – Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots (Ryohei Yoshino) Japan

2 – Amira (Mohamed Diab) Egypt

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1 – Reconstruction of Occupation (Jan Sikl) Czech Republic, Slovakia

2 – My Childhood My Country (Phil Grabsky, Shoaib Sharifi) Great Britain

LIFE AWARD

1 – The Portraits (Bijukumar Damodaran) India

2 – Oliver Black (Tawfik Baba) Morocco

2 – Red Pomegranate (Sharipa Urazbayeva) Kazakhstan

BEST SHORT FILM

1 – Lili Alone (Zou Jing) China

2 – A World Free of Crisis (Ted Hardy-Carnac) France

BEST POSTER

1 – Funny Boy (Deepa Mehta) Canada

2 – Tree Full of Parrots (Jayaraj) India

BEST SPANISH SHORT FILM

1 – On The Second Floor (Marco Araujo) Spain

BEST STUDENT FILM

Bablu Babylon Se (Abhijeet Sarthi) SRFTI. India

SPECIAL MENTIONS TO CHILD ACTORS

Tree Full of Parrots (Jayaraj) India

Neighbours (Mano Khalil) Switzerland

BEST SOUTH ASIAN FEATURE FILM

  • Dostojee (Prasun Chatterjee) India

BEST SOUTH ASIAN DOCUMENTARY

  • Kekee Manzil (Behroze Gandhy, Dilesh Korya) India, United Kingdom

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • Ángela Molina (Spain)

RECOGNITION TO AN INSTITUTION

  • SRFTI (India)

Tannishtha Chatterjee, Jury at Imagineindia 2023

Tannishtha Chatterjee is an Indian film actress and director best known in the west for her performance in the British film Brick Lane (2007), the film adaptation of Monica Ali‘s best selling novel of the same name for which she was nominated best actress at the British Independent Film Awards. Her other notable roles have been in Academy Award-winning German director Florian Gallenberger‘s film Shadows of TimeRoad, Movie with Abhay DeolDekh Indian Circus, for which she won the National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) and Marathi film Doctor Rakhmabai for which she has won the Best Actress Award at RIFF (Rajasthan International Film Festival) and PIFF (Pune International Film Festival). In 2019 she directed her first feature film Roam Rome Mein.

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Mandi (Shyam Benegal)

Mandi
Shyam Benegal
India. 1983. 160 min
Cast : Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah

This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story ‘Aanandi’ by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas. It deals with a brothel at the heart of a city, in an area that some politicians want for its prime locality. They rally up against the brothel and its inhabitants in the name of morality, and soon everyone in the area jumps on the bandwagon. The politicians offer to put up an alternative residence for the prostitutes, only this place is miles away, isolated from the city. The madam of the house has no choice but to comply, but by the end things take a (logical) turn for the better. After all, men will be men.

In her words (Annie Zaidi)

In her words
Annie Zaidi
India.  2015.  42 min.

The Film traces the historical and social journeys of Indian women’s lives as revealed through the literature they created in every era. The story of how women lived, and their march towards freedom and self-definition was not officially documented. However, through the verses of nuns, bhakti devotee rebels, folk songs, verses written by courtesans, amateur anthropologists, the memoirs of activists, and modern literature, we witness the oppressions and aspirations of Indian womanhood over two millenia. The film traces these changes through the translators, publishers, historians, and contemporary writers and readers who are pushing towards a more gender equal society.