News & Events

RNFF sees a variety of themes and issues

This year’s Rushes National Film Festival saw independent filmmakers around the world who showcased their proud films on the screens of St. Joseph College. These movies dealt with an array of interesting issues such as dealing with sexuality in a rigid Indian society, the compli-cated relationship between children and parents, taboo of menstruation and even abstract themes such as greed and jealousy.

Starting the afternoon session off, Riya Kulkarni’s ‘It’s OK Pammi’ was screened. This Punjabi short film revolves around the protagonist, Pammi who is unable to come to terms with her daughter An-jali’s sexuality. Using elements of humour, Riya narrates the story of this Punjabi family that struggles with the concept of homosexuality as Anjali introduces her family to her lover, Taasha. Powerful lines such as “the problem is your fear, not my sexuality” and what makes you think I’m not normal if I’m homosexual”, awed the audience.

Following this, was the Marathi short film ‘Not in my name’, directed by Ankit Nandkumar. The movie deals with the consequences of having a name. In 12 minutes, the story talks about the repercus-sions of having a religion attached to your name. The movie is about a protangonist who is a student as well as a recreational drug dealer. Caught in the act by a cop, the protangonist Rehaan Malik tries his best to convince him that he is not a Muslim. As the movie progresses, it takes a sudden turn and now, Malik must convince another that he is Muslim. Next up was, Apmaan a 50-second animated short film directed by the North Eastern Director, Par-tha Mahanta. Though this movie provides comic relief, it deals with the complicated idea of wasting resources in the name of God while many others do not get food to eat, especially in a country like India.

“Through this movie I wish to bring a change in their mindset by showing them that the resources they are spending are limited and it is getting depleted very quickly,” said Partha Mahanta.

The afternoon session was concluded with ‘Maheena’ directed by Tanisha Agarwal. “Ek kala packet do,” asks the father of a young girl who had her first period. The film talks about the difficulty of explaining the concept of menstruation to a motherless child and also shows us the play-ful yet deep relationship between the father and daughter, as well as the more complicated themes such as the taboo revolving around the concept of menstruation.