Former Minister Jain Inaugurates Film Festival at Alva’s
Moodbidri: Cinema enlarges the frontiers of one’s knowledge. Apart from its recreative value, the cinema has great educative value said, MLA Abhay Chandra Jain.
He was speaking after inaugurating the three-day film festival and the screening of films selected at the Bombay International film Festival jointly organized by the Central Film Division (Bengaluru), Information and Publicity Department ( Mangaluru), Alva’s Education Foundation and its Department of PG Studies in Mass Communication and Journalism at Kuvempu Theatre, on Saturday at Vidyagiri.
The films shown in cinemas are often very instructive and informative. We can see as well as know the culture, dress, language and customs of different continents through watching cinemas, he added. ‘In olden days people used to watch cinemas in the tent talkies and had limited option to access the movies. But the present generation is in a privileged position to watch cinemas in multiplexes and modern set-ups’, he noted.
The Chief guest, Documentary Film Maker Sarswathy Saliyan said, Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt to ‘document’ the realities. She added and said storytelling is a very challenging task in documentary filmmaking. There are many subjects around it and it is very important to present it in an interesting way.
Presiding over the function Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr M Mohan Alva said, “Most of the films produced nowadays have little social content. They depict a lot of violence, robbery, theft, cheating which excites the young minds and make them follow it in their lives. It must be admitted that few educative films can benefit a lot to students in their studies”, he noted.
The stage programme was followed by the screening of movies Agli Baar, Placebo, The queen of silence and 18 feet.
Deputy Director General Film Division Bengaluru V S Nagarajan, DK Information Officer B A Khader Shah, Alva’s College Principal Prof Kurian, Alva’s PG Studies Journalism Dept Head Dr Moulya Jeevanram were also present.