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Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films

Nargis — When Time Stopped Breathing
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"Nargis — When Time Stopped Breathing" (Kyaw Kyaw Oo, Maung Myint Aung)

Mumbai is notoriously known as a colorful and vibrant city. And this reputation, I must say, of the local film festival, MIFF, was fully lived up to. The program at MIFF 2012 was diverse and rather chaotic. The festival offered animation, documentaries and short films, which means you can go, for instance, from the deeply touching Nargis — When Time Stopped Breathing into a more lightweight and almost infantile cartoon like The Drifting Love. It's an  odd way of programming, and takes some getting used to. Competition films are divided into an Indian and an nternational program. In the international competition, we got to see well-known festival films like Pink Saris, but also a number of more unknown and mostly Indian works such as Dreaming Taj Mahal and Miyar House. The Indian competition included such fiction films as Visible Bra Straps, a film portraying a cultural encounter in cyberspace between an Italian and an Indian girl. Aside from the competition films MIFF also showcased a number of regional films from Kashmir and Jammu amongst others. Finally, the festival also organized daily workshops and seminars covering topics such as copyright, filming with DSLR cameras, and the challenge of shooting in covert or even hostile environments. The discussions at the seminars and workshops were often very lively and seemed to act as proof that contemporary Indian documentary is really something to keep an observant eye on. MIFF 2012 is the 12th edition of the festival, which takes place every second year. This year the festival also offered a very informative exhibition on the last 110 years of Indian documentary. (Steffen Moestrup)

Mumbai (India, International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films, February 3-9, 2012). Prize: Nargis — When Time Stopped Breathing by Kyaw Kyaw Oo, Maung Myint Aung (Myanmar, Germany, 2009, editing finalized in 2010). Motivation: "The International Critics Prize (Fipresci Prize) goes to a courageous and poignant film which succeeds in visually connecting the human tragedies and the devastation that surrounds them. By using only the pure testimonials of the survivors and a meditative voice-over which transcends the material without taking away the human perspective, it offers a close account of the dimensions of a disaster that would otherwise remain in oblivion." Jury: Carlos Alberto Mattos, Brazil ("O Estado de S. Paulo"), Steffen Moestrup, Denmark ("Le monde diplomatique", "Dox Magazine", "Politiken"), Utpal Borpujari, India (www.dearcinema.com, "Time of India Crest", "The Hindu"). Print source: Claire Franklin, Claire Franklin Film Productions, Gaußstrasse 19e, Hamburg 22765, Germany, T +49 176 5256 7015, nargis.film@googlemail.com Festival: www.miffindia.in

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When Time Stopped Breathing: Lyrical Documentation of a Disaster. Utpal Borpujarie reviewed FIPRESCI prize winner Nargis — When Time Stopped Breathing by Kyaw Kyaw Oo, Maung Myint Aung. arrow.
The Rich, the Poor, the Heroines. A single festival isn't enough to provide great conclusions, but it may give some clues as to how a theme or character can be handled in contemporary cinema. During the 12th Mumbai International Film Festival I focused my attention on the images of Indian women emerging from documentaries in the various sections of the festival. Carlos Alberto Mattos' report. arrow.

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