The 7th Jagran Film Festival staring on 1st July in New Delhi will present ‘Cuba’ as the ‘Focus Country’ at this year’s edition. As part of this initiative, the Festival will present a 5-7 film package at the Festival. The films presented will travel to 16 cities of India with the festival.
Speaking on the partnership, Oscar J. Martinez Cordovés, the Ambassador of Republic of Cuba said,” Its indeed a matter of pride for us to partner with the largest travelling film festival in the world and take Cuban Cinema to so many cities in India. What we would be presenting to the people of India through this partnership is not just our films but a glimpse into our culture, history and contemporary life. I am glad we got this opportunity through Jagran Prakashan and thank them’. “
One of the special features of the film package would be a few films from the Imperfect Cinema era 1968 onwards. Imperfect cinema’ was a form or theme found through audiences that struggled in life and were aware of the hard times, people were going through. It was believed that only in the person who suffered, elegance, gravity, even beauty could be perceived and the possibility of authenticity, seriousness, and sincerity could be recognized. The Imperfect cinema represented the struggles of the people while revealing the process which generated the problem.
This special film package will comprise of feature films and documentaries and seeks to present a larger perspective on Cuban Cinema through its existence. As part of the initiative, the works of directors like HumbertoSolás, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Julio García Espinosa, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío and Fernando Perez.
Speaking about the partnership, the Festival’s Strategic Consultant, Manoj Srivastava said,” We are presenting the Cinema of a very special country which produced world class film makers but has yet remained largely unexplored. The Festival opens a window into the vibrant culture of Cuba.”
The Festival each year presents the Cinema of a country. The past years have seen the Cinemas of South Korea, Cyprus and the United States presented in the past editions of the festival. The 7th edition of Jagran Film Festival gets underway at New Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditoria from July 1, 2016 and after travelling through 14 cities will reach Mumbai for the Finale on 26th September 2016.