WARSAW – There are six films produced by Indians submitted at the 25th International Catholic Film Festival to be held at Niepokalanow, Warsaw, 27 to 30 May 2010. Of these four films are directed and produced by three Salesians from Tripura, Tamilnadu and Kerala respectively. The protagonists in all the films are women and three films narrate the stories of women religious.
The 90-minute Kokbork film Yarwng (Roots) by Fr Joseph Pulinthanath SDB of Agartala has already bagged several awards in some 40 film festivals it has participated.
Fr A.Raj SDB of Trichy submitted three short productions (15-minute) on AIDS awareness entitled Life, Love, and Hope.
Also two more entries from Kochi entitled Beloved Teacher and Yours My Life Entire, both by Fr Jiji Kalavanal director of Don Bosco’s IMAGE (Institute of Media, Animation, Graphics and Efx) Vennala.
The remaining two films, both are stories of nuns. The first one entitled: The Last Appeal (33- minute) entry from the USA is a film on the life of St Faustina, apostle of the Divine Mercy directed by Fr Bala Udumala of Vijayawada diocese, Andhra Pradesh.
The second is a Malayalam telefilm entitled Nurunguvettangal by Mr. Leo Thaddeus from Kerala.
Incidentally the opening films at the festival (The Last Appeal and Nurunguvettangal) both are by Indian directors.
Catholic Film Festival Keeps Sliver Jubilee
The oldest running International Catholic Film & Multimedia Festival venue is the hallowed City of the Immaculate (Niepokalanow) originally set up by St Maxmilian Kolbe, a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Poland (14 August 1941). Pope John Paul II canonized him on 10 October 1982 and declared a martyr of charity.
The festival is patronized by the primate of Poland Archbishop Josef Glemp and the late Polish President Prof. Lech Kaczynski who died in the plane crash last month, and several national and international Catholic Communications organizations.
“This year we have 17 2 films and 40 Radio programmes from 20 countries,” says festival vice-president and one of the founding members Mr. Zygmunt Gutowsky.
The participating countries are: Argentina, Belarus, Canada, Croatia, Ghana, Mongolia, Spain, India, Kenya, Russia, Taiwan, China, Ukraine, USA, Italy, Brasil, Czech Republic, Hungary, Zambia and Poland.
The selection panel has short listed 5 films in the feature films category, 10 films (documentaries), 3 each educational and catechetical television programs, 6 radio programs, and 5 multimedia programs for the competition category.
The festival slogan is based on Pope Benedict XVI’s World Communications Day message for this year:” New technologies for culture of dialogue and friendship.”
The festival is scheduled to open, 27 May, with a solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw. It will be followed by screenings till 10 pm with short breaks for meals and prayers.
28 May starts with Mass followed by projection of films from 8.45 am till 10 pm interrupted only by meals and prayers unlike in other festivals.
29 May, is Chopin day marking 200th birth anniversary of Fédéric François Chopin, a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of French-Polish parentage, who is considered to have been one of the great masters of Romantic music. It includes day long visits to museums, concert and a musical as well as screening of a film on Chopin.
On Saturday there will be premier of the Polish feature film “Popieluszjko: Freedom is within us” prior to the beatification of modern day martyr – Fr Jerzy Popiełuso scheduled to be beatified 6 June 2010. Another film scheduled for screening is on Primate Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski as well as documentaries on The Secrets of Fatima, Archbishop Fiodorov of Russia and Cardinal Kazimir Swiatek of Belorussia.
30 May besides the solemn Eucharist in the basilica, competition multimedia projections will continue till lunch followed by Award ceremony and the screenings of the Award wining films.
For detailed information visit festival site www.warszawa.mazowsze.pl or www.festiwalniepokalanow.pl