As part of 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), a Master Class Session by Kartiki Gonzalves, RV Ramani, Miriam Chandy Menachery, Sai Abishek and Nilotpal Majumdar on Indian Documentary on World Stage was held at the Kala Academy in Goa today.
In an engaging discussion with Moderator Anshul Chaturvedi about documentaries, the documentary film-makers shared illuminating and valuable perspectives on the essence and challenges of documentary film-making. Indian documentaries have gained global recognition, earning nominations and accolades at prestigious international film festivals.
Kartiki Gonsalves, an eminent documentary film-maker celebrated for her evocative storytelling and exploration of diverse cultural landscapes noted that factual stories find their truth in reality, fostering an enriching journey of learning and transformation. She said, ‘’Collaboration is key in nurturing a supportive ecosystem for documentaries.”
RV Ramani, a veteran film-maker known for his artistic depth and societal relevance in his cinematic work said, ‘’the primary essence of documentary film-making lies in authentically portraying factual narratives, adding that “revenue stands secondary.’’
Miriam Chandy Menachery, a visionary director and producer, renowned for telling untold narratives through compelling documentaries, reflecting on her journey, highlighted, “Passion drives documentary storytellers; yet, funding and solid audience support – akin to mainstream media – remain crucial for aspiring creators.”
Sai Abhishek, a trailblazer in the documentary arena, uniting cultures and communities through impactful cinematic narratives shed light on India’s optimistic documentary landscape, stating, “Passionate audiences exist, but a robust ecosystem comparable to mainstream cinema is lacking. He emphasised, ‘’Support systems like film clubs and distribution channels are pivotal.”
Nilotpal Mazumdar, a documentary film-maker known for his poignant portrayals of societal nuances and human experiences said, “Documentary filmmaking liberates storytelling from fiction, fostering a dialogue with life itself and it’s about connecting through shared human experiences.”