In the spirit of enlightenment in the cultural stream, PIC’s commitment to explore one of the most rational religions of the world continued with Second Buddhist Film Festival, for a second consecutive year in collaboration with National Film Archives of India (NFAI) and the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) from 8th to 10th November 2013. The festival aimed at revealing the myriad streams of Buddhism practiced around the world.
The film festival was inaugurated by Dhammachari Lokmitra in the presence of Ms. Aruna Vasudev, President NETPAC and Prashant Pathrabe, Director, NFAI. The festival showcased 11 films – features and documentaries – on Buddhist themes from Asian and western countries.
On this occasion, legendary director Mr. Amol Palekar (now an honorary member of PIC) expressed the view that, ‘BUDDHISM’ is not just an institutionalised religion; it’s a way of life with a deep pursuit of the exploration of truth,’’
This film festival included classics such as, ‘The Giant Buddhas’ by Oscar nominated director Christian Frei, which showcased the destruction of Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan as the starting point for a cinematic essay on fanaticism and faith, terror, tolerance and identity. Another Japanese movie, ‘The Burmese Harp’ reflected the carnage of war and how it changes the life of an individual. Amol Palekar’s ‘And Once Again’ raised questions on the intricacies of man-woman relationship and the repercussions of violence on human life. The celebrated biopics ‘The Buddha’ by David Grubin and Goutam Ghoshe’s ‘ Impermanence’ on the life of Buddha and His holiness The Dalai Lama were also screened at the festival.
There was an overwhelming feel of timeless relevance of Buddhism in the gathering. The three day film festival saw a keen audience and a packed NFAI Auditorium with encouraging participation of college students, PIC members and Punekars.