A poster of the film festival. Telegraph picture
What’s common between Rio de Janeiro and Ranchi? A film festival on atomic energy, no less.
The 2nd International Uranium Film Festival, which started in Rio de Janeiro in June 28, 2012, will come to Ranchi via New Delhi in January 2013.
The fest will screen feature, short and animation films on the entire nuclear chain — destructive and constructive — from bombs and radioactive wastes to medicine and mining for clean energy.
After Rio in Brazil, stopovers have included Portugal and Germany before India.
In India, the film fest will stop in cities New Delhi, Ranchi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai. It will end in Kerala.
“There’s a lot of global debate on nuclear power, but finally people have to decide what they want out of it. Knowledge of risks involved in harnessing nuclear power is crucial for informed decision-making. For this, films are the best medium, which explains the concept of the globally travelling festival,” said noted Ranchi film-maker Sri Prakash, who happens to be the India coordinator of 2nd International Uranium Film Festival.
In 2011, the first edition of this innovative fest had kicked off from Rio. But then, Ranchi was not on the radar.
Since September, when Ranchi residents took part in a film fest hosted by the state, many intellectuals felt the city was finally ready for movies beyond dhishum-dhishum.
Sri Prakash said the two-day stopover of the uranium film fest in the capital would in collaboration with Ranchi Film Club. “We are talking to theatre owners and will come out with exact dates for the fest,” he added. “Screenings are free and visitors will get seats on first-come, first-serve basis,” he added.
Feature films to be screened during the fest include 8:15 de 1945 (Roberto Fernandez, Brazil), Australia Atomic Confession (Katherine Aigner, Australia), Buried in Earthskin (Helena Kingwill, South Africa), among others. Short films include Atomic Bombs on the Planet Earth (Peter Greenway, UK), Fikapaus or Coffee Break (Marko Kattilakoski, Sweden), Food and Radiation (Yoko Kumano, Japanese) and others.