Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Shorts 2017’ opens with UK entry, ‘Durrell’s Underhogs’

Jamshedpur: SHORTS – 2017, the annual short film festival of Jamshedpur has opened with UK entry, Durrell’s Underhogs. The film directed by Daniel Craven, an advocate of Gerald Durrell, takes us through the ancient by-lanes of Varanasi on to Jamshedpur where the Durrells lived and Gerald was born before travelling North-East into Assam where scientists, field assistants and forest staff are making every endeavor to rehabilitate and repopulate former habitats with hogs.

With odds stacked against both the animal and the people trying to save it, the film shows how various factors influence the longevity of a species in a country as diverse and fast developing as India; and how despite all odds against it, with genuine passion and sincere efforts, an underappreciated underdog species can make an incredible comeback. The running time of the films is between 3 and 25 minutes.

Earlier, the fest was inaugurated by Ravi Radhakrishnan, Chief, Aviation Services, Tata Steel, jointly with Merlyn F Anklesaria, head, Centre for Excellence (CFE) , Tathagata Bhattacherjee, CEO of Take 5 Communications and Goutam Shankar, chief coordinator of ‘Shorts’.

SHORTS, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will feature 43 films from across the country during the three day rendezvous at the CFE Auditorium till November 26.

The films to be shown are in Hindi, English and Bengali languages. The list includes five silent films and one multilingual presentation.

The 43 films to be shown include 17 entries from Jamshedpur, one from Ghatshila, one from Patna, four from Mumbai, one from Delhi and 18 from Kolkata. The film shows will commence from 5 pm daily.
‘Shorts’ is organized by Jamshedpur-based SPPE (Society for Promotion of Professional Excellence) and Kolkata-based Take 5 Communications.

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