ViBGYOR celebrates different identities and the rich diversity of people, expressed in a festival of short and documentary films held every year in Thrissur, Kerala. The non-feature films showcased at ViBGYOR reveal the political energies of small communities and social movements that assert the heterogeneity of their identities and rootedness to their land, often fighting the haughtiness and ignorance of the establishment. With all its ambiguities and ambivalences, Identities and Diversity remains the key theme of the Festival. It covers the living experience of millions of people recorded by a set of skilled and committed documentary and short filmmakers from around the world.
The four-day Film festival is not only a treat of brilliant films but an interface with filmmakers, activists, people’s movement leaders, academicians, youth and common people from as divergent streams of life and activities. It includes talks, discussions, cultural programmes and informal exchanges.
In the context of different films on Manipur shown during Vibgyor International Film Festival with active discussions on the human rights violations in Manipur, we the participants, film makers and organizing groups of the festival request the Defense Minister of India, Shri A.K. Antony take note of the following facts and ensure urgent action:
The present context does not support in any way the notion that the Kerala society is seriously vigilant about the macro/micro movements in the fields of documentary and short films. It adds to the misgiving whether the Malayali community fails to respond sincerely to the new and changing world. The possibilities of facing the complex issues and complicated realities of the Kerala society as an ethno-linguistic community is made all the more problematic due to this.
The Saga of Plachimada, written by Dr. P. R. Sreemahadevan Pillai and published by Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, Mumbai, is being released at 1 p.m. on 14 Feb 2008, at the venue of the VIBGYOR International Short and Documentary film festival at Thrissur
EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS – “Tourism in Kerala a matter of fairness“: Young photographers’ views on tourism in Kerala
Venue: Town Hall, Trissur
Date: 15th -17th Feb 2008.
The conference on `Energy: Policies, Problems and Alternatives.’ organized as a curtain raiser to the VIBGYOR International Film Festival for short & documentary films resolved the following main points as the outcome of the seminar.
In the same spirit of Village ViBGYOR, this year we are introducing a Campus ViBGYOR series, a project to reach-out college and high school students and sensitize them to the pertinent issues of our society and environment through documentary films.
Date: 2008 January 24,
Place: Bank Employees Association Hall, Pulimoodu Jn.Thiruvananthapuram
At a time when struggles against nuclear power plants, large dams and super thermal plants are becoming more and more common in the developing world, the need to discuss problems related to energy is becoming more and more grave. An understanding of the implications of choice of any form of energy is a political choice which has to be implemented with concern and understanding of its impact on communities, environment as well as future generations.