Kashmiri Film Director Felicitated At IFFI

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SRINAGAR – Kashmiri Film Director Abdul Rafiq Fazili’s non-feature film Mangroves-Guardians of the Coast, has been selected in a group of 19 Non Feature Film Group out of the 143 films in the Indian Panorama’s non feature category and was screened at 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa. The film is scheduled to be re-screened on Nov 28, during the festival. The film has been co-directed by Doel Trivedy. 

The crew of the film was felicitated at RED CARPET, IFFI, Goa and a certificate of participation was presented to the Director A.R. Fazili, by the IFFI Festival Director Shri Shankar Mohan. The Producer of the film Mike H. Pandey and Deputy Director IFFI Tanu Rai, were also present on the occasion. The film has been earlier screened at OSIANS Film Festival, Delhi. 

Fazili spoke about the film with focus on the importance of the mangrove ecosystem and the communities dependent on them besides stressing the need for awareness. 

Mangroves-Guardians of the Coast, is a 28 minute HD color English non-feature film which showcases the fascinating web of life that surrounds the tidal Mangrove forests which are world’s oldest & most resilient forests on the planet. Mangroves are ideal habitats for many terrestrial and marine species and acts as natural barriers against storm surges and coastal erosion. The film highlights the unique collaboration between governments and local institutions, NGOs and local communities in efforts to save these vulnerable ecosystems and restore them to their past glory. 

A.R. Fazili has been in media, particularly video programming, for over twenty years and has a Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from MERC Kashmir University besides has done a visual communication certificate program from MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.  

The 43rd edition of IFFI, under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, opened on Nov 20th at Goa with renowned Director Ang Lee’s 3D film “Life of Pi” under ‘Cinema of the World’ category while Indian Panorama section opened with Director Jahnu Barua’s“Baandhon”. IFFI closes on November 30th with the closing film “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mira Nair.

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