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France, Tunisia, China, Iran, Israel, Syria to be focus countries at RIFF 2019

France, Tunisia, China, Iran, Israel, Syria to be focus countries at RIFF 2019

The third and final list of films to be screened at the 5th Rajasthan International Film Festival was released yesterday by Somendra Harsh, the Founder of the festival. Overall, the festival will showcase 25 awarded films, from 10 different countries.

Films like the Tunisian feature Benzine, directed by Sarah Abidi , the Zyang Yang directed Chinese feature, Paths of the Soul, Cheang Pu-soi directed Chinese feature, The Monkey King-2, Chinese documentary film Shaolin Kung Fu Monks, directed by Duffy Wang, Kiumars Pourahmad directed Iranian feature,

Where are My Shoes, Iranian feature Katyusha, directed by Ali Atshani, Iranian short film, The Castle, directed by Saba Ghasemi, Israeli feature, Saving Neta, directed by Nir Bergman, Israeli documentary film, Family Typewriter, directed by Chana Anzi Zalis, Ori Aharon directed Israeli short, Rubber Dolphin, Roni Ashernizky--Yulia Zavt directed Israeli animation film, Cathriel, Yonatan Hashiloni directed, Roach, Israel’s Efrat Chen Weiss--Naor Zana--Netta Bar directed, Two Of Every Kind, Syrian feature, Rain of Homs, directed by Joud Said, French film Barbara, directed by Mathieu Amalric, French feature,

La Douleur, directed by Emmanul Finkiel, Louis Barche directed French short film, Goliath, French short, Benoit Martin directed, La Convention De Genève and Julie Gourdain directed, Un Grand Silence, will be screened in RIFF 2019, under Focus Country Films.

Films of Film Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which have been honoured by the Government of India, including the Amar Kaushik directed, The Grandfather (Aaba), South Korean short film My Turn, directed by Kim Na-kyung, documentary student film Withering House, directed by Shreyas Dasharathe, and the animation film, Tokri/The Basket, directed by Suresh Eriyat, will also be screened in the5th Edition of RIFF.

On the theme of the Mahatma, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the film based his life, entitled The Making of Mahatma, directed by Shyam Benegal and starring Rajit Kapur, will be also screening during RIFF 2019.

In the special category of Rajasthani films, films released in the year 2018, i.e. Maharo Ram Rahim,

directed by Manzoor Ali, and Mosar (Rajasthani/Haryanvi),

directed by Anil Saini, will also being shown.


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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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