89 films to be screened during 3-day fest
Chairman Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali Monday inaugurated the Second Kargil International Film festival in the presence of a good number of cinema lovers at Syed Mehdi Auditorium Hall Kargil.
The event was organised by DBG films Mumbai in collaboration with LAHDC Kargil and Students Educational Movement of Kargil (SEMOK).
On the occasion, MLA Kargil Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai, CEC LAHDC Kargil Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan was also present. The inaugural session complimented with traditional folk dance and songs performed by Shina Artists of Kargil.
During the 3-day festival, participants from more than 25 countries would showcase more than 89 films. According to organisers two Films from Jammu and Kashmir - "Children of Conflict" and "Date of Baraf" would also be screened.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali, said such sort of festivals can help Kargil to become a tourism destination. "If Cinema and film culture gets promoted in Kargil, may be in future filmmakers will prefer to shoot in Kargil and it can help youth to get job avenues in creative field like filmmaking,” he said.
Sharing his remarks on the occasion, Chairman LAHDC Council, Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan said films can be a vital tool to highlight issues concerning Kargil.
On the first day of the festival around 15 films, including foreign and national films were screened and Tom Joseph’s ‘Tune of Hope’ grabbed the attention of the audiences.
MLA Kargil Asgar Ali Karbalai said films try to portray the reality of the society and can be an important tool to transform the society. ”I hope that the cinema which Satyajit Ray and other classic filmmakers projected such sort of meaningful cinema should be screened in this festival. Kargil is a place of beautiful landscape, people and culture but unfortunately not a single film is been made about Kargil, I hope that these films would provide window of opportunity for the people of Kargil”.
While talking to Rising Kashmir, Director of the Film Festival Mairaj Siddiqui said main motive of the festival is to promote the culture of cinema and filmmaking in Kargil. “Kargil has always stereotyped as a warzone, we want to break this thing, the main purpose of this film is to establish Kargil as a place of social and cultural activity and through such international festival’s we can promote Kargil on Tourism sector. I am hopeful that after these extraordinary films the youth of this place will get inspired to make films about Kargil.”
Talking about the event the Coordinator of the event Sajjad Hussain said the objective of the event was to show the other side of the Kargil and to promote the culture of Cinema. "We are screening 89 films in three days and the audiences will get to exceptionally great films made throughout the world. The first day response was good as for most of the time the hall was jam packed,” he said.