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.
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.