The Dharamshala International Film Festival which is all set to take place at Mc.Leodganj between 5th-8th November has announced another three international films that would be screened here.
The festival seeks to select a diverse range of films that span borders and countries, but are linked by universal themes. From the issues of technology encroaching on personal freedoms and the struggles of undocumented immigrants, to the frustration of being trapped in one’s own body, these three films explore freedom in its different forms and the obstacles that may get in the way.
French filmmaker Boris Lojkine’s film, Hope delves into the disturbing realities of undocumented immigrants. The feature narrative tells the story of a Nigerian woman, Hope, who is rescued in the Sahara desert by a young man from the Cameroon. The two endure a treacherous journey in order to get to Europe.
Another film The Internet’s Own Boy is the story of Aaron Swartz who follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz’s ground-breaking work in social justice combined with his aggressive approach to information access ensnared him in a two–‐year legal battle that ended when he took his own life. Brian Knappenberger has directed this pertinent film, showing us what we loose when we disregard technology and its effect on our civil liberties.
Polish filmmaker, Małgorzata Szumowska, explores the treatment of the body as an object, a site of loss, or a thing of beauty and hope, in her beautifully realized film, Body. Set in the present day Poland, the film centers around the intertwined stories of a criminal prosecutor, his anorexic daughter, and her quirky therapist.