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IFFI 53 witnesses Asian premiere of the film ‘Interaction’ produced by ‘ART for the World’

12 International filmmakers explore the bonds between humans and animal life, climate, conservation of nature, ecosystem, environment and water



#IFFIWood, 26 November 2022

Interaction is ART for the World’s latest anthology film production. Comprising of 12 original short films of 6-to-8-minute duration, the film was screened for the first time in Asia at the 53rd International Film Festival of India, happening in Goa.

The film contains 12 short stories made in different languages. Film-makers from Morocco, Italy, France, Brazil, Armenia, Switzerland, Burkina Faso, Mexico, USA, Greece and India are involved in the project.

Rupesh Kumar, who represents GAIL (India) Ltd. which is one of the main partners for the film, said that the 12 films explore a diverse range of topics such as animal abuse, deforestation, extreme impact on climate, habitat destruction of animals, species extinction and marine life pollution.

Manabendu Rath, one of the producers of the film, said that the attempt was to convey one singular unequivocal message on climate change so that it reaches maximum number of people.

Out of 12 short stories, India is represented by Elephant in the Room by Nila Madhab Panda. The film-maker makes an appeal to humanity to preserve forests and biodiversity.

Protique Mojoomdar, the production consultant of the film said, The Elephant in the Room narrates the story of human-animal interaction through the eyes of  little children from a small village in the forests of Wayanad in Kerala in Southern India. Growing up with these elephants, the children develop a special bond with the pachyderms and make a unique appeal on how to resolve human – wild animal conflict while preserving forests and biodiversity.

ART for the World is a non-governmental organization (NGO) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the organization provides a platform for Art & Culture and Ecosystem, inspired by Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

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