Five Indian films nominated for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

Nov 24, 2017 10:44 IST
Five Indian films nominated for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has nominated nine movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal.

Among the total nine nominated films, five are from India.  The Indian films competing for the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal include Kshitij - A Horizon, Manusangada, Poorna, Railway Children and Take-Off.

The competing foreign films include Amok from Poland, Khibula - a co-production of Germany, France and Georgia, The Last Painting from Taiwan and Women of the Weeping River - a joint production of the US and UK.

All the nine films are being screened at the ongoing IFFI’s 48th edition in Panaji, Goa.

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About the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

• The UNESCO issued commemorative medal in 1994, marking the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the world’s advocate of peace, tolerance and non-violence

• The medal bears a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi engraved by the French artist Pierre-Yves Tremois.

• Engraved underneath is the Mahatma’s message of hope ‘In the midst of darkness light prevails’. The reverse side carries the UNESCO Logo.

• The coveted award is given to the film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence.

• The 2017 winner of the award will be announced during the closing ceremony of the festival on 28 November.

• Last year the award went to Mustafa Kara for the film – Cold of Kalandar.

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