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Turkish director Ali Aydin’s film ‘Chronology’ is a reflection of the suppression of women in a largely male-dominated society. The director stated that this film marks his protest against all the suffering that is subjected against women.

Addressing a press conference at the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), he said: “I wanted to tell the untold stories and reality of Turkish women and men.”

Cemre Ebuzziya, who played the role of the protagonist in ‘Chronology’ added she accepted the role because she liked the script, had confidence in the director and also liked the story. “These are stories that are not frequently told and I found it politically and socially important,” she said. Speaking about the film industry in Turkey, Ayidin stated that in Turkey several cultures are intertwined. This finds its reflection in their culturally rich film industry.

Patrycia Planik, who acted in ‘Lillian’, an Austrian film that traces the true story of an emigrant stranded in New York city and had resolutely started on a long journey to her native Russia, said, the film was shot without any bound script with a five member crew working in shifts over nine months in between research on the protagonist of the true story. The journey dictated the movie, she said. Planick decided to experiment with herself to get into the skin of the character and went without make-up in the film. Shot in the USA and narrated in documentary style, most of the actors in the film are the people they met along the way, added Planik. “The whole film was a beautiful journey and experience as a woman,” she further stated.

Speaking about the Chinese film ‘Vitality’, director Dongmin Wu said, it is a movie of self-salvation and growing up. The film explores love in all kind of relationships, like between brothers, neighbours, couples and so on. This film upholds the common people in China and the stories of “great love” that exists in the country which can be made into movies, Wu further stated.

Director of ‘Ama Khando’, Dhondup Tsering narrated the difficulties he faced in shooting at high altitude with a six-member crew and fresh actors. The film is about an uneducated single mother, who has been living in the mountains and wants to educate her son. Tshering shared that directors show interest in making independent films in his country Nepal.

Director of Australian film ‘I Am Woman’, Unjoo Moon; producer of the film ‘X – The eXploited’ Andras Muhi and director of South African film, ‘Fiela Se Kind’ Brett Michael Innes also participated in the press conference.

“I Am Woman” is a biopic on singer Hellen Reddy, whose 1975 song ‘I Am Woman’ became the anthem for the women’s movement in the US over the years. It’s a big responsibility to make films on people who are alive, said the director. “Hellen Reddy was so touched by the film that she broke down by the end of the film,” she further added.

‘X – the eXploited’ made by director Karoly Ujj-Meszaros is a noir thriller where two Hungarian detectives team up to re-examine whether a string of suicides were actually murders with roots in their country’s dark communist past.

‘Fiela Se Kind’ is based on the best–selling novel by Dalene Matthee. It tells the story of a coloured woman living in the arid Karoo who takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Praising IFFI, director Innes said: “It’s a great honour to be here and see how people embrace cinema. It’s not always the case in other parts of the world.”

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