Amdavadi's film finds recognition in Italy

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Ahmedabad:  When a 22-year-old Amdavadi shot the film as part of his college project, he might have never imagined the recognition the film would get him. Rihaan Patel's film, 'The Burial of Daughter,' has been officially selected for the SEDICICORTO 7th International Film Festival at Forli in Italy.

Out of 4,220 entries from 108 countries across the world, 148 short films have been selected and two Indian films will be entered for the festival, including 'The Burial of Daughter'. The film is scheduled to be screened on October 8 at the film festival.

As the famous Argentinean filmmaker Fernando Solanas had said: "A film is never important, but what it provokes is." 'The Burial of Daughter' is also trying to do something similar. Patel's film revolves around an ancient ritual in India - 'Female infanticide', where the mother is forced to kill her girl child immediately after her birth. He says, "The only difference between ancient and modern times is that technologies have changed, but old mindsets and customs still remain."  

Patel shot his film in Gujarat along with Swayam Brahmbhatt and Nilesh Patel who have contributed as art and assistant director respectively. All three are students of Maya Academy of Advance Cinematics in Ahmedabad. Talking about his film-making journey, Patel says, "I had an idea but I didn't know where to start. A film is directly connected to human senses - sight and hearing. If we treat our films well, only then can the film's message reach the audience's heart."

Patel feels that you just need an idea and a Handycam to make a film, but also says that it is an expensive form of art. When asked about his future plans, Patel says, "I want to work in different genres like sci-fi, adventure and fantasy and would go to California to pursue my advance studies in film making and visual effects."

Patel who admires Ashutosh Gowariker as a director, says, "Many good films are being made in Gujarat and films like Harun Arun that got international recognition, is a matter of pride for Gujarat. Nowadays, more and more people are taking interest in film making."  

'The Burial of Daughter' was also awarded as best film in non-fiction category by Zoya Akhtar at the Nine International Film Festival in January. It was also screened at 'Shamiana' which is the largest network of short films in India.

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