SIKKIM: Tribeni Rai’s film ‘Chori’ to be screened at 6th Woodpecker International Film Festival, New Delhi


Gangtok, September 2: India’s renowned film festival, Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF), has announced the lineup of films for its 6th annual edition. 59 films and documentaries from 12 countries are part of the enchanting lineup of screenings for this year’s edition, to be organised form November 23-25 at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.

Tribeni Rai’s ten minute film “Chori” has also been selected for screening in the festival and is among the three films selected from North East for this year’s festival. Other prominent films to be screened in the festival include Oscar winning documentarian Kirk Simon’s “The Pulitzer at 100”, National Award winning films “Veil Done” and “Eye Test”, globally acclaimed documentary “Attenborough’s Ant Kingdom” etc.

‘Chori is an autobiographical film based on gender discrimination. I made the film in zero budget under the banner of my production house “Dalley Khorsani Productions”.
I had sent my documentary film “Sikkim soccer girls” to the festival last year. So overjoyed to be screening my film for the second time in the festival. Also this year a lot of filmmakers that I know are screening their films alongside my film, so really looking forward to the festival’ said Tribeny while speaking with SIKKIM CHRONICLE over phone.

According to the Founder-Director of the festival Rao Narender Yadav, “WIFF will be bringing the best of Indian and global cinema for film lovers. Over the years, WIFF has emerged as a popular and credible platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their work, and it continues to be one of the much awaited film festivals in New Delhi.”

Key Highlights of 2018 festival:

• A special segment on the issue of Refugees and Migrants
• A special segment on African Cinema
• Storytelling workshops
• Masterclasses on Documentary Filmmaking
• The festival will also pay tribute to Oscar winning documentarian Kirk Simon who passed away in April this year.

About Woodpecker International Film Festival

Woodpecker International Films Festival (WIFF) is a globally acclaimed festival focusing on issue-based cinema. Launched in 2013, by Rao Narender Yadav, the festival is part of the ‘Cinema for Change’ initiative launched by CMSR foundation, a not-for-profit Trust, based in New Delhi. The festival is organized every year in New Delhi and showcases best of alternative cinema. The Festival Advisory Board is headed by veteran actor and theatre director Mr. Avijit Dutt. During the last five years, the festival has screened more than 700 films and documentaries, taking critical contemporary issues directly to more than 85000 audience in various parts of India.


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