Wednesday 20th of June 2018

10 th IDSFFK- Mai Masri and Wim Wenders in Filmmaker in Focus Category

Category: National Published: Thursday, 15 June 2017
Thiruvananthapuram: The films of Palestine film maker Mai Masri and Malayali director Vipin Vijay are set to be screened at the 10 th edition of International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala under Filmmaker in Focus Category.
Mai Masri set her entry to the field of film with her debut directorial ‘Under the rubble’ [1983]. She is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University where she graduated with a BA degree. She founded Nour Productions in 1995 with her husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun and directed several documentaries that received over 60 international awards including the Trailblazer Award at Mipdoc Cannes (2011) and the Luchino Visconti Award in Italy (2004). Masri who has directed 9 films till date attained fame with her ‘3000 nights’. Iman, a young newly-wed Palestinian bride, is arrested and incarcerated in a top-security Israeli prison where she gives birth to a baby boy. Shot in a real prison in a cinéma-vérité style with handheld cameras, the film has a raw documentary edge that resonates with the reality it portrays. Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, ‘3000 Nights’ was Jordan’s official entry for Oscar’s Best Foreign Film category that year. ‘33 Days’, ’Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies & Videos’, ‘Children of Shatila’,’ Frontiers of Dreams and Fears’ are her other movies that fall under this category.
The 7 films of Malayali filmmaker and scriptwriter Vipin Vijay have earned a place of its own in this category. Vipin Vijay is an award winning contemporary film director and screenwriter from Kerala. He received the Charles Wallace Arts Award for research at the British Film Institute, London, 2003. Vipin is the recipient of ‘The Sanskriti Award’ (2007) for social and cultural achievement. His works are made under independent codes and defy any categorisation eluding all traditional genre definitions and merge experimental film, documentary, essay, fiction all into one. ‘The Egotic world’ [2000] is his maiden cinematic venture. In addition to this, ‘Video Game’ ,‘Palace of the Winds’, ‘Broken Glass’, ‘A Flowering’, The Image Threads’, ‘Venomous Fold‘ are the other films of this alumnus of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute coming under this category.