A still from the film 'Smiles Across a Teacup', which is an entry from Belarus. The films being shown include entries from Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, UK and the US.
New Delhi: A rare treat awaits the lovers of poetry, films and arts, in Delhi this weekend. The fifth Sadho Poetry Film Festival will be held over two evenings, in the capital on November 14 and 15. It will be held at Alliance Francaise in New Delhi.
The Sadho Poetry Film Festival is the first and only film festival of its kind in Asia. Initiated in 2007, it has showcased nearly two hundred poetry and poetic films from forty-two countries in its previous four editions and has held screenings in sixteen Indian cities.
Sadho is a voluntary organization that aims at taking great poetry to people from all walks of life, through the innovative use of arts, media and social action. Its activities include The Sadho Poetry Film Festival, Sign Language Poetry Films, Poetry Art, Workshops, and Poetry albums.
This year's main event in Delhi will feature over twenty short poetry-films from sixteen countries, with a different set of films each evening. The films are based on the works of poets like the Nobel laureates Pablo Neruda, Tomas Transtromer and Wislawa Syzmborska, among others. The films include entries from Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, UK and the US.
The films range from one to seventeen minutes in duration and showcase many exciting experiments with animations, multimedia, visual forms and even sign language poetry. Some of the films this time are - 'We are all Captured Beasts' from Russia, 'Questions of Travel' from UK, 'Khonsay - a Poem in Many Languages' from the US and 'Kafka' from Ukraine.
On each evening, the festival will begin with a selection of some of the finest films from the previous editions of the festival.