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An insight into Goa through films

Highlighting various aspects of Goan culture like food, dance, traditions and customs, Fundacao Oriente on February 26, will hold a presentation and screening of documentaries and films from 6 p.m. onwards. The presentation/screening will feature Goan communities and cultures and will be coordinated by Portuguese researcher Maria do Carmo Piçarra (ICNova – Universidade Nova de Lisboa). This will be followed by a discussion with the participation of anthropologist, Goa University, Pedro Sobral Pombo and the film director, Vince Costa.

The four films and documentaries which will be screened at the festival are ‘Caazu’, ‘Dances of Goa’, ‘Shifting Sands’ and ‘Saxtticho Koddo – The Granary of Salcete’.

‘Caazu’ (2015) by Ronak Kamat is an insight into the lives of local feni and urrack (cashew liquor) distillers from remote villages of Goa. Nailini Elvino de Souza’s ‘Dances of Goa (2012)’ is all about travelling through villages of Goa. It is about a team of youngsters who travel to unveil the rich culture of Goa, through dance. It is a journey that explores the basic lifestyle, rituals, beliefs, customs and costumes of the Goan village.

‘Shifting Sands’ by Sonia Filinto explores the life of the traditional fishing community in Goa. It shows how the lure of fish appeals to locals and visitors alike. But is the lure of fishing still a draw? The film aims to give voice to community members – how they perceive themselves, their trade and the constantly changing life around them.

Released in 2018, ‘Saxtticho Koddo – The Granary of Salcete’ by Vince Costa discovers the agrarian heritage of Curtorim village situated on the banks of river Zuari. It shows how the village through the ages has been synonymous with the vast production of rice. It journeys through Curtorim’s agrarian roots in an effort to go beyond rice as a staple and explore how it is interwoven so intricately into Goan identity. In a bid to be all-encompassing, it inspects the various socio-economic and environmental dynamics that now affect contemporary farming in Goa.

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