The five-day Kolkata International Documentary Film Festival got off to a start on the 26th of January 2009 with the screening of Gautam Ghose’s Hungry Autumn. Titled Voice of the Voiceless, the festival organized by Documentarywalla in association with The Times of India was seen as a much awaited and long deserved event by the film lovers and documentary buffs of Kolkata.
Economist Jayati Ghosh inaugurated the festival, which showed 25 documentaries in different venues across the city. Films from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Lebanon and Palestine, as well as those of film-makers from various parts of India, were lined up for the people of Kolkata. The Festival included a retrospective of Mike Pandey, thrice winner of the Green Oscar.
Gargi Sen of Magic Lantern Foundation was a moderator of several discussions held during the festival. Under Construction contributed to the festival by screening eight films from its catalogue, namely, Rajula Shah’s Word within the Word, Nandini Bedi’s Notes on Man Capture, Lenin by Arunava Ganguly, Tales from the Margins by Kavita Joshi, Temporary loss of Consciousness by Monika Bhasin, Nusrat has left the Building… But when? by Farjad Nabi, Naata by Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayshankar and Scribbles on Akka by Madhusree Dutta.