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Cultural Emergency Exists Across Country, Rues Director Kamal

Thiruvananthapuram: Chairman of Kerala State Film Academy and filmmaker Kamal said that there is cultural emergency in the country. He made the statement following the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting denied permission for the screening of three documentaries in the upcoming International Short Film Festival to be held here from June 16 to 20.

The Ministry has prohibited the screening of documentaries related to JNU (March, March, March) Rohith Vemula (The Unbearable Being of Lightness) and Kashmir issue (In the Shade of Fallen Chinar).

He was speaking at a press conference here today, while announcing the date of the upcoming International Documentary Short Film Festival of Kerala.

Kamal pointed out that the banned documentaries were about the burning issue of intolerance that existed in the country for sometime in the recent past.

Referring to the ban, he said it’s an evidence of depriving the freedom for creativity. He opined that it clearly shows there exists cultural emergency and we are going through undeclared emergency period. Kamal said even the Central Government decides what a citizen has to eat and wear.

The filmmaker added that he would inform the displeasure of the organisers in the issue to the Centre.