4 + 1 Indian entries at the 5th International Documentary Festival of Peloponnese

The «5th Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival» will be held from18 to 27 January 2019inKalamatawhile part of the program will also be hosted in Argos, Sparta, Gythio, Amaliada, Dimitsana, Patra and Pylos. It is organized by the Creative Documentary Center of Kalamata, a nonprofit civil organization.

The great tribute of this year’s festival is “Gender Equality”. The program includes 48 international documentaries and 15 Greek, while the educational zone has 22 films.
All screenings, parallel events and seminars are free to the public. 

The Indian entries at this year’s festival are presented below:

“Slave Genesis” by Aneez K Mappila (63′). Screening: Wednesday, 23 January 2019, at 17:00

The documentary, ‘The Slave Genesis’ deals with the ethnicity and the social transformation of Paniya tribals, who belong to Wayanad, the hill district to the south of Western Ghats in South India. ‘Paniya’ literally translates to a ‘labourer’. These tribals—who were deployed to work in the farms of migrants, who trickled into Wayanad from time to time, have distinct arts and songs that reflect their identities. The prime among their songs is Penappaattu (speech of ghost), which they recite as part of funeral rituals. The song begins with the origin of Paniya tribes. Based on the contents of Penappattu, the documentary explores the social transformation of the Paniyas. It proceeds through the recollections of the director, who was born and brought up in close proximity to the Paniyas. The anthropological pitch forms the aesthetic build of the documentary. .


No Woman’s Land by DevKanya Τhakur (40’). Screening: Friday, 25 January 2019, 18:30

A documentary film based on the property rights of tribal women in Himachal Pradesh in India. Today we all talk about women empowerment, women security, and imbalance in child sex ratio. a large amount of money is spent on women programmes. But on the one corner in India, the law applicable here is still gender biased. The general law is not applicable here like any other part of India. Customary law prevails in tribal areas of Himachal. This is the revenue law according to which women cannot inherit the ancestral property both from the paternal and maternal side. Due to this law women are suffering in tribal areas. I am the writer and director of this film. As a freelance journalist, I found this subject to be raised at a national and international platform. Because no political party wants to discuss this subject. This film is a case study of those women who are suffering because of this law and wants to amend this law which is gender biased.


“Bloody Phanek” by Sonia Nepram, (48′) DIRECTOR’S PRESENCE. Screening: Friday, January 25, 2019, at 19:15

Bloody Phanek” is a film on phanek, an exclusive attire similar to a sarong, which is worn by Manipuri women in northeastern India bordering Burma. It blends the personal and the political. The film aims to discover how women use phanek as a medium of protest, while it explores the inherent concept of impurity and how this attire challenges masculinity.


“Naked wheels” του Rajesh James (special screening). Screening: Friday, January 25, 2019, at 20:45

The film is about the journey undertaken by a diverse group of people comprising males, females and transgenders across South India in a truck. The film seeks to explore many compelling thoughts on life, love, and gender. The film hopes for a society where none have to crush their desires because the majority does not understand it…


“After Prayers” by Simone Mestroni (61’). Italian production on Kashmir. Screening: Saturday, January 19, 2019, 19:00

In Indian Kashmir, between a call for prayer and the other, daily life intertwines with separatist politics, Islam and routine violence. From traumatic memories of a guerrilla’s funeral to the present anti-India street-riots, throughout a maimed muhajideen’s tale, people’s destiny seems to be shaped by hope and anger, love and grief, poetry and brutality. Nourished by martyrs’ blood, the dream of Kashmir’s independence, along with the nightmare of the conflict, is still preserved alive.

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