The Indian Government has routinely come under fire for the throttling of media freedom. Now, in another blatant proof, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has refused permission to three short films made on the burning issues that the country faces.
The International Documentary and Short Film Festival will be held from June 16 and will go on for 5 days. More than 200 short films and documentaries are set to be screened at the festival that will go on for a total of 5 days.
The first film is ‘The Unbearable Being of Lightness’, made by JNU Dalit scholar Rohit Vermula, who allegedly committed suicide. The second film, ‘In The Shade of Fallen Chinar’, was about the life of young Kashmiri artists and students. The third film, ‘March March March’, was about the JNU protests that rocked the country.
It is rare that films were not given permission to be screened at a film festival. Industry insiders say that there is one of the first times that this has happened.