With an aim to promote indie cinema and give aspiring filmmakers a platform to showcase their work, the 7th edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival kick-started here Thursday.
The film extravaganza was opened by Ukrainian filmmaker Dar Gai’s critically acclaimed feature “Namdev Bhau: In Search of Silence”.
The black comedy about a 65-year-old chauffeur and his quest to find silence received thundering response at DIFF, after receiving rave reviews at festivals like BFI London Film Festival 2018 and Busan International Film Festival 2018. The film was screened at the Hermann Gmeiner Auditorium in the Tibet Children’s Village School.
The evening began with junior and senior students of the school singing a Tibetan song.
Co-director of the festival, Ritu Sarin said she was happy with the interest cinema enthusiasts have been showing in DIFF.
“Our aim is to support indie filmmakers and we will always stick by that. We want to keep DIFF an intimate affair and are happy with the way more people are joining with each passing year. It’s an honour to present some of the best films at DIFF this year,” Sarin said.
“Namdev Bhau” was presented by the film’s director, Dar Gai. “Coming to DIFF is a pleasure. This film has helped me evolve a lot as a director and as a human being. My aim as a filmmaker has never been to give a social message. My cinema is more about personal journey and this film is a perfect example of the kind of cinema I believe in,” she said.