Students at the film festival at St Xavier’s College on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
From human trafficking to the poor education system, nothing missed the sharp focus of GeNext, who showcased a number of documentaries during Day Two of students’ film festival Cynosure-2013 that is underway at St Xavier’s College, Ranchi.
The festival, which kicked off to an august gathering on amidst the presence of a host of dignitaries including acclaimed filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi of Pinjar fame on Tuesday, saw eight documentaries being screened on Wednesday.
The day’s proceedings kicked off with Human for Sale, a 10--minute documentary shot by St Xavier’s third year mass communication student Atul Anand, who used the reel to highlight the plights of young innocent girls who are abducted from the rural fringes and trafficked to the metro cities.
“The government should take up this issue seriously. During the course of filming we came in contact and talked to a number of victims staying at Tupudana, Karra and Ramgarh and were moved by their plight. Reports say that Bengal and Jharkhand are the two states from where most of the human trafficking cases are reported,” Anand told The Telegraph.
If Anand trained his camera on the issue of trafficking, those from Karim City College, Jamshedpur, used their reel to capture the life of special children for their documentary titled Sangharsh.
The 12 minute 18 second long film showed the life of such special children, who brave odds daily to lead a normal life
“The special children have a load of confidence and enthusiasm. They just crave for that extra bit of attention from society,” a Karim City College student said.
The other films screened during the day included Gyaan Ka Bahiskar Ratta Mar —a 3 minute 43 second documentary by Patna Women’s College students lampooning the current education system which they believed needed a serious overhaul.
Fariyaad, Abodh, Allograph, A massacre in Colour and Mera Kya Kasoor were the other films to be shown.
The day also witnessed an hour-long interactive session conducted by Dwivedi, who fielded posers on direction, film technology and editing .
“Set your goals and then focus towards working towards them,” Dwivedi said. He added thathe was really touched by the subjects the students had broached for their documentaries and hoped that films brought about a change in the society and make the government aware.