‘Allama’, a film by the national award winning director T S Nagabharana, about the journey of a 12th century metaphysician, will compete for the International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.
ICFT Paris in collaboration with UNESCO will award a prestigious Gandhi medal and certificate to the film that best reflects the Gandhi ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence. This competition section shall have eight films including ‘Allama’ that will compete to receive the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Expressing his delight, the nine times National Award winner and director of Allama, TS Nagabharana said: “I must congratulate and thank the entire team of Allama. The 12th century saint poet, Yogi Allama’s vision of truth, self-realisation and universal brotherhood is of extreme relevance in today’s turbulent times. Allama is an intense bio-pic and a musical visual treat.”
‘Allama’ is a film about 12th century metaphysician, a son of a temple dancer who embarks on a quest for knowledge and answers to his four core sentiments, yearning, failures and self-realisation and his obsession – Maddales (percussion instrument from Karnataka). When he evolves and becomes ‘Prabhu’, a master of monotheistic and non-dualistic philosopher, he begins to question many core values in his ideal world where he can foresee violence and advices people to find solace and departs on his final journey to become one with nature and a true spirit. Other films that will compete in this section are ‘A Real Vermeer’, ‘Beluga’, ‘Cold of Kalandar’, ‘Exiled’, ‘Harmonia’, ‘The Apology’ and ‘The Family: Dementia’.