International Film Festival of India (IFFI) as jury head Nadav Lapid was seen openly criticizing Vivek Agnihorti’s The Kashmir Files. In the closing remarks, Israeli screenwriter and film director Nadav Lapid the film shouldn’t have been in the prestigious film festival in the first place.
He included that he was ‘distrubed and shocked’ to see the Kashmir Files, and ‘inappropriate for the artistic competition’. He added, he feels comfortable sharing his thoughts about the film as every film deserves critical artistic discussion.
In the press release at the end of the film festival, the government seems to have mentioned nothing about Lapid’s comment.
Who is Nadav Lapid?
Nadav Lapid is a renowned Israeli film director, screenwriter, and editor. He was born into a Jewish family in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel. Nadav inherited filmmaking from his mother, Ira Lapid, a film editor. Nadav made his debut with the film Policeman, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival.
Nadav’s film Synonyms was awarded the Gold Bear Award at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. It was from here that his filmmaking gained fame.
Road (short film) (2005), Emile’s Girlfriend (2006), Policeman (2011), Ammunition Hill (short film, features in Footsteps in Jerusalem) (2013), The Kindergarten Teacher (2014), Why (short film) (2015), Diary of a Wedding Photographer (2016), Synonyms (2019), Ahed’s Knee (2021).
As obvious it may be, people on Twitter started questioning the filmmaker’s comment. In addition, to the questioning, they wanted to know what the filmmaker thought about Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The filmmaker’s nationality was put to test. One of the journalist, took on Twitter to explain the Nadav’s own politics about his country’s stance of various geo-political issues.
About the film
The Kashmir Files was a film on the tragic exodus of Kashmir Pandits in the early 1990s. The film points out the unfair treatment by the various regimes, and the distortion of history in presenting the realities of those times. The filmmakers claim that it wasn’t an exodus, but a genocide.
The film became one of the biggest hits, grossing almost 350 crores worldwide. The film was made at a meager budget of 17-20 crore. The film’s reception was polarising in India, although it earned a lot of money at the box office.
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri says the film is part of the movement to bring out the truth, and present the history which has been hidden from the people. The next film which he is working on is titled ‘The Delhi Films’ which aims to unravel the realities of the 1984 Sikh riots.
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