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- Dutch ‘CinemAsia’ film festival bridges cultural divide
- Compensate festival expenses: Corporation
- HARIPUR: Annual festival brings joy to Hazara
- Festival of BR Chopra’s film inaugurated
- Asparagus Festival organizers work to publicize event’s charitable…
Dutch ‘CinemAsia’ film festival bridges cultural divide
Jakarta Post – Apr 19, 2008
It was timely for the "CinemAsia" film festival to screen Asian movies in the Netherlands (April 2-13) — a country where multiculturalism has recently faced a deep crisis due to Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam movie. With Indonesian Joko Anwar’s thriller Kala and Dimas Djayadiningrat’s jesting comedy Quickie Express participating in the festival it was hopefully an eye-opener for Dutch society to see the Southeast Asian country with the largest Muslim population in the world bring the once taboo topics of sex and homosexuality to the big screen. The festival which screened more than 50 films from countries spanning the globe offered rare evidence of booming talent which is crossing cultural and geographic borders. "Asian cinema used to be so ethnocentric — Japanese films were made with Japanese actors in Japan" festival director Doris Yeung told The Jakarta Post. Now beside films produced in home countries the Asian diaspora are working industriously to depict a cultural intersection of dilemma and stereotypes as insightful stories to be told to the world.
Compensate festival expenses: Corporation
Hindu – Apr 19, 2008
Sundar “We are eligible to get one-third of Rs. 28 lakh being spent” MADURAI: The Corporation has been waging a battle in vain to get a part of its expenditure incurred for Chithirai festival reimbursed by Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments. “It is the Corporation that has been spending over Rs. 28 lakh for the festival. It being a notified festival the local body is eligible to get one-third of its expenses. But somehow we are not able to get it despite many reminders” a Corporation official said.
HARIPUR: Annual festival brings joy to Hazara
Pakistan Dawn – Apr 19, 2008
com – D NT MDIFY –>. The four-day annual festival that opened here on Thursday and would end on Sunday. It is a regular event held during the wheat harvesting season in Haripur district since the year 1900. NWFP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour inaugurated the 108th festival at the Curtis Ground. District Nazim Haripur Yousaf Ayub Khan MPA Raja Faisal Zaman Khan union council nazims officials of different line departments and district government members of sports committees players and people from different walks of life were present on this occasion.
Festival of BR Chopra’s film inaugurated
Hindu – Apr 19, 2008
The three-day-long festival kicked off here on Friday with the inaugural film ‘Insaaf Ka Tarazu’ and will showcase nine masterpieces including ‘Naya Daur’ ‘Chhoti Si Baat’ ‘Waqt’. Inaugurating the festival Chopra’s younger brother producer-director Yash Chopra said: “My brother made movies on his own convictions at a time when people doubted the commercial success of them because they did not follow the conventional story-lines that were prevalent in the industry at that time”. B R Chopra is known to have made films on issues like widow remarriage and prostitution subjects that were considered taboo in society. While his 1957 film ‘Naya Daur’ carries the Nehruvian ideals and the hope of a newly independent country through the simple story of a ‘Tangawala’ the 1958-released film ‘Sadhana’ questioned society on prostitution.
Asparagus Festival organizers work to publicize event’s charitable…
Stockton Record – Apr 19, 2008
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