Article by M.Dinesh Varma published in The Hindu
The NZ-based platform will help conduct the AVFF online
Auroville has teamed up with a New Zealand-based video streaming service for hosting the 2022 edition of the Auroville Film Festival(AVFF), as an online event from Tuesday.
The global flavour of the seventh AVFF (January 18-23) will manifest through over 70 films from 18 countries.This edition features films in two categories– the international category of films that develop the theme of ‘human unity’, which contains 35 films from 18 different countries, and the Aurovilian section having 36 films from 14 Aurovilians and residents of the bioregion, including one student.
The films that develop the theme of human unity include award-winning ones like “Barricade” (German/David Klammer) and “Body and Soul” (French/Magali Chapelan), “Aarambh” (Sandeep Kumar Verma), “Amuka” (Congo/Antonio Spano), “The Awakening of the Goddess” (Debjani Mukherjee).
According to the hosts, the hope that an in-person event could be possible at the Town Hall, as done during previous editions, faded with a renewed spread of COVID-19 cases in the recent weeks. With the support of the Auroville International-U.S.A., the film fete has been shifted to an entirely virtual mode, in partnership with the online video-on-demand entertainment portal, Shift72.