The 6th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) 2017 kicked off with an inauguration ceremony and the screening of Shubhashish Bhutiani’s much acclaimed film MUKTI BHAWAN which was presented by its lead actor Adil Hussain.
The four day film festival is being held at the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) from 2nd to 5th November 2017. Also present at the opening day ceremony and screening was Barry John, internationally renowned actor, director, writer and founder of the noted acting institute Barry John Acting Studio.
Adil Hussain who was delighted to attend the festival and witness audience’s reaction to MUKTI BHAWAN said “The Dharamshala International Film Festival is my favourite film festival in India because there are no frills attached to it. It is purely about watching films and meeting people and due to the lack of frills there are opportunities to make real contact. This aspect makes it a really special and unique festival.”
Winding up the 1st day, founder-director Ritu Sarin said, “I am glad to say that we had a full house on the opening day of the festival. The atmosphere was electric and I am so happy and delighted to see this.”
Barry John who was overwhelmed after watching MUKTI BHAWAN said, “A film like MUKTI BHAWAN is so moving that one is at a loss for words. There are so many emotions one experiences that one doesn’t know how to cope with it.”
This year’s line-up includes two award-winning documentaries—Kirsten Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON (USA, 2016) and Rahul Jain’s MACHINES (India, 2016).There will be a special screening of the critically acclaimed A DEATH IN THE GUNJ, presented in person by director Konkona Sen Sharma.
DIFF 2017 will also feature the Indian premiere of OUT OF THIS WORLD (USA), a newly restored version of journalist and writer Lowell Thomas’ fascinating account of his travels to Tibet in 1949 (originally released in 1954).
This year’s shorts selection is curated by filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni, whilst Children’s Film Programme is curated by children’s media specialist Monica Wahi.
The first edition of DIFF was held in 2012. Since then, it has become established as one of India’s leading independent film festivals. DIFF’s cutting-edge and eclectic programming, which includes many India premieres.