Bhubaneswar: The second edition of the Indian Documentary Film Festival opened at the Odissi Research Centre here on Friday.
The three-day long festival saw a massive crowd of serious cinema enthusiasts on its maiden day. The festival is aimed at screening contemporary documentaries by award winning directors spanning various areas and aspects of the social, cultural and political climate of our country.
The festival began with screening of “Moti Bagh” directed by Nirmal Chander. The documentary is based on the trials and tribulations of an ageing farmer in a remote Himalayan village and his strife to keep his farm alive in the face of rampant migration.
The afternoon session teleported the audience to the picturesque Nagaland through the documentary “Every Time you Tell a Story” by Ruchika Negi and Amit Mahanti.
The next documentary, “A Journey of Passion” portrayed the tale of a passionate grandson looking out for his grandfather’s work to build a personal archive which later makes him appreciate his grandfather’s role in the making of the Odia film industry. Director Bijay Kumar Nishanka has successfully managed to incorporate the essence of the subject in this Odia short film. The viewers interacted with the director.
The festival opened with the inauguration of the festival book by the FSB convenor Sivapada Swain. Amit Mahanti and Bijay Nishanka were felicitated by FSB senior member Abasara Beuria.