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Documentary on 2020-21 farmers stir barred from B’luru film fest

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BENGALURU: ‘Kisan Satyagraha’, a

documentary

on the

2020-21

farmers’ protests in Delhi, has been

barred

from screening at the ongoing 15th edition of Bangalore International Film Festival (BIFFes) following instructions from the Union information and broadcasting ministry. The documentary is directed by acclaimed Kannada director Kesari Haravoo.
According to officials, the screening of the documentary was not permitted because of its sensitive subject.

“All the movies to be screened are cleared by the I&B ministry. However, the ministry did not give a green signal to ‘Kisan Satyagraha’… The Central authorities have told us that the matter pictured in the documentary is a sensitive subject and hence it should be withheld from being screened at the film festival. Following the instructions, we have withdrawn the screening of ‘Kisan Satyagraha’. Otherwise, it should have been scheduled for screening on Friday,” said G Himanth Raju, registrar, Karnataka Chalanchithra Academy.
Two other documentaries – one on Israel and the other on Ukraine (20 days in Mariupol) – have also not been given permission to be screened.
‘Kisan Satyagraha’ captures the stir seeking repeal of three farm laws. It has been screened at four international film festivals. It won the best documentary award at the White Unicorn Film Festival.

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