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Kalidas Rangalaya would be the one-stop destination for lovers of documentary films and serious cinema till Tuesday.

The curtains went up on the Fifth Patna Film Festival, Cinema of Resistance on Sunday after floral tributes were paid to Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The three-day festival organised by the Jan Sanskriti Manch & Hirawal would screen 13 films, which people can watch for free.

On the first day of the opening of the festival, famous documentary maker Anand Patwardhan was present to screen his 180-minute film Jai Bhim Comrade based on police firing on Dalits in Maharashtra. The film is in Marathi with subtitles in Hindi.

Speaking on the documentary film, Patwardhan has directed several documentaries on social issues said: “There are some sections, which really want to watch such films. You cannot compare documentary films with commercial cinema. I do not direct film for the purpose of making money. There are very good chances of documentary films and we just need a good platform to reach the people.”

He added: “Documentary films are real. There is no protagonist as such unlike commercial films and such initiatives like organising film festival would help create awareness among people regarding the value of documentary films.”

On the first day of the festival, people showed great interest. A large number of people, including Vyasji, principal secretary, disaster management, turned to watch the film.

Anand’s another documentary, Ram Ke Naam, would be screened tomorrow after a 45-minute documentary, Curiosity: Did God Create the Universe, hosted by physicist Stephen Hawking and shown on Discovery channel.

Ram Ke Naam was Anand’s most controversial film describing the story of Babri Masjid’s demolition. In fact, he made his first 30-minute short film on Bihar by directing Kraanti Ki Tarangein (1974), based on the anti-corruption movement in Bihar that led to the declaration of Emergency.

Apart from this, M.S. Sathyu’s National Film Award-winning Garam Hawa and Aparna Sen’s 15 Park Avenue would be screened on Monday.

The concluding day’s repertoire would include Surabhi Sharma’s Bidesiya in Bambai, which talks about music, migration and cellphones, and Sanjay Kak’s Mati Ke Laal based on the Maoist movement in the country.