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From Rio de Janeiro, it travelled to Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Manipal, Bangalore and Mumbai. Finally, it’s here in Jamshedpur.

Karim City College is hosting the second edition of the travelling International Uranium Film Festival.

Started on Tuesday, the festival, which spreads awareness about the perils of uranium mining. Students and teachers of the premier college and a few officials from the Uranium Corporation of India Ltd watched nine documentaries and short films from Australia, Iran, Netherlands, USA, Germany and Japan.

The screenings will continue till May 1. Various genres of motion pictures based on this theme will be screened during the three-day festival.

Wednesday will see 11 films, while the final day will be one of panel discussion and screening of six films.

The festival, which began in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 thanks to the efforts of Norbert G. Shuchanek, came to India last year.

Screenings were held across the country, before it moved to Germany and the US. The film fest had then covered as many as 10 cities including Ranchi.

Jamshedpur was included this time with the mass communication department of Karim City College coming on board as the associate organiser.

“Those who make films about uranium mining and related issues do not normally get a chance to screen them on television. This festival provides them a chance to screen their films and felicitate interaction among like-minded people,” Shriprkash, who is the co-ordinator for the International Uranium Film festival in India, explained.

“The film festival does not aim to show nuclear issues in a negative light, it is all about spreading awareness among the citizens. Transparency is very important in democracy,” he added.

The host students are also upbeat. “Such films help widen the horizon,” said a mass communication student of Karim City College.