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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



MIFF 2018, II

MIFF 2018, II

Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation Films, which begins on 28 January, 2018 in Mumbai, has released the list of films to be screened in four sections. Here is the list of films selected for the International Competition section, in the two duration-based categories, 45 or less and no specified duration. The shortest of the lot runs for 15 minutes while the longest is a marathon 183 minutes long. Films come from India, Canada, Australia, USA, UK, France, Austria, Poland, Finland, South Korea, BanglaDesh, Estonia and Singapore.

Sr. No. Title In English Country Duration in mins Category Director
1 Campus Rising India 74 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Yousuf Saeed
2 The Dispossessed Canada 183 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Mathieu Roy
3 Abdul & Jose Australia 52 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Luigi Acquisto & Lurdes Pires
4 SALAM United States 75 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Anand Kamalakar
5 RICE United Kingdom 35 Documentary Film (Any Duration) David Blamey
6 Atul India 52 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Kamal Swaroop
7 3 Seconds Divorce Canada 54 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Shazia Javed
8 Charlie vs Goliath United States 80 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Reed Lindsay
9 The Cinema Travellers India 96 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Shirley Abraham & Amit Madheshiya
10 Surabhi Family, In Life In Drama

France/India (Made in collaboration with France Televisions)

52 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Neeta Jain Duhaut
11 THE BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE Australia 84 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Ros Horin
12 VELVET REVOLUTION India 56 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Nupur Basu
13 Brother Jakob, are you sleeping? Austria 86 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Stefan Bohun
14 The Poetics of Fragility United States 64 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Nicolas Grandi & Lata Mani
15 A Brave Bunch. Uprising through children’s eyes. Poland 29 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Tomasz Stankiewicz
16 I am Bonnie India 45 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Satarupa Santra, Farha Khatun,Sourabh Kanti Dutta
17 Earth Crusader India 55 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Shabnam Sukhdev
18 My Secret Forest Finland 56 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Niina Brandt
19 Born Together Bangladesh 72 Documentary Film (Any Duration) Shabnam Ferdousi
20 Grandfather India 22 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Amar Kaushik
21 THAT GUSTY MORNING India 22 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Jahnu Barua
22 MY TURN South Korea 15 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Nakyung Kim
23 The Egg Israel 19 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Nadav Direktor
24 ICE France / Estonia 15 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Anna Hints
25 Wabi Sabi Singapore 25 Short Fiction Film (upto 45 mints.) Anshul Tiwari

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Screenings will be held at the Films Division Complex and the Russian Culture Centre, both on Peddar Road, in south Mumbai.

MIFF has been organised since 1990, by the Films Divsion of the Government of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

It is a biennial event.



About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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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.

Bandra West, Mumbai


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