4th Samsung Womens International Film Festival

The 4th SWIFF was held in Chennai between 15–23 July 2011. The festival was organised by the INKO Centre, in association with the Women’s International Film Festival, Seoul, The National Film Development Corporation, India (NFDC), The National Film Archive of India, (NFAI), and Russian Centre of Science & Culture.

The festival screened over 135 from 51 countries across 3 screens at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. The World Cinema section of the Festival showcased films from countries as varied as Algeria, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuadar, Ghana, Holland, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia and South Africa, to name a few.

Several films distributed by Under Construction were screened at the festival in different sections, namely:

  • Annapurna – Goddess of Food (Paromita Vohra, India)
  • Beyond the Wheel (Rajula Shah, India)
  • Dance With Hands Held Tight (Krishnendu Bose, India)
  • Partners in Crime (Paromita Vohra, India)
  • Where Healing is a Tradition (Gargi Sen, India)
  • Oranges and Mangoes (Priyanka Chhabra, India)
  • Where the Heart Lies (Samar Minallah, Pakistan)
  • Lalon (Tanvir Mokammel, Bangladesh)
  • Remembrance of things present (Chandra Siddan, Canada)
  • Pink Saris (Kim Longinotto, UK)
  • Sanchari (Arun Khopkar, India)

The curation was full of powerfully engaging, diverse feature, documentary and short films from India, Korea and a number of countries around the world. The various themed sections were retrospectives; contextual inputs from international curators from Korea, the UK; the Netherlands; Italy, Iran and Mexico; direct interactions with national and international directors who introduced their films. The festival also provided information about the Network of Asian Film Festivals (NAWFF) and held discussions at city colleges and a host of other exciting events across the city.

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