Interview with Ebrahim Saeedi
Dec 16,2010 - 11:50 AM
A thrilling and strong film, ‘Mandoo’ depicts the heartrending tale of a family torn apart by conflict. ‘The film was born in 2002 when, through the internet, I got to know something about the Kurdish people and their shelters in the south of Iraq. These people lived under harsh conditions for 25 years and this fascinated me to research, which later ended up as a documentary film,’ says Ebrahim Saeedi.
‘This movie is also a reunion of the Kurdish people who lived abroad and are now reuniting in this movie. The main problem was, not having a professional industry in Iraq for filmmaking due to the struggles that the country faced.”
‘I feel fabulous being part of DIFF. It’s very organised and runs smoothly. I hope that the audiences accept the message of this movie.’
Mandoo at DIFF:
Today at 12:30 at MoE 12
Nassim Abbasi is a Moroccan based director whose film ‘Majid’ marks his debut at DIFF. The film is about an orphaned boy who has no memory of his parents, and so to find out more embarks on a journey to search for some trace of them – a photo. ‘I can relate a lot to this character’, says Nassim Abbasi, ‘as a child I suffered memory loss and have no recollection of my childhood’.
Apart from the story of the character of Majid, Abbasi also puts a different message across, ‘I want people, specifically those in Morocco to empathise with the children they see on the street and see the world through a small boy’s eyes.’
Majid at DIFF:
December 17 at 18:00 at MoE 9
An engineer by profession that gradually found his calling in the world of filmmaking, Ashish Pandey debuts at DIFF with ‘Open Doors’, a short film that tells the tale of an old woman trying to revive memories in anticipation of her son to come back home.
‘There is a very thin line between a documentary and fictional life. The blurring lines between both impress me,’ says the filmmaker, a graduate of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in India, sharing his thoughts on producing a documentary.
‘I should do stories that I can relate to. In fact, I think every filmmaker should be telling the audience stories that are related to his life,’ he says.
Open Doors at DIFF
December 17 at 19:00 at MOE 7
December 19 at 12:00 at MOE 6
Damascus Roof and Tales of Paradise
Bizarre, brilliant, blissful and touching storyline, the film is filled with affluent tradition of storytelling in Syria that can be experienced by the people who watch it.
“When places transform, olden stories vanish. I wanted to revive and protect the memories of olden cities. They have traditional cultures and its people are facing the dilemma of having nostalgia of the past and modernization,” says Soudade Kaadan.
“I love being part of DIFF. It’s a place where creative people get discovered and talents, independent filmmakers, private productions, are strongly supported. It’s a perfect platform to go international.”
“I’m curious to know my audience’s response. It’s a universal story that people around the world can connect to, and I hope that people like it.”
Damascus Roof and Tales of Paradise at DIFF:
Tonight at 22:15 at MoE 7
December 18 at 12:30 at MoE 7
Interviews by Asmaa Chaker Sultani, Chris Dsouza, Dinesh Ramanathan and Nikhita Sudhir