Young director Aneek Chaudhari’s silent film on rape, titled White, has been officially selected at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018.
The film, which was earlier screened in market section in Festival de Cannes on May 11, is also in the official section of Indian film festival in Vienna on June 8. The film is a collection analogies of three tales about three women, who suffered rape, but fought back to lead a normal life.
When asked about the silent genre, Aneek says, “Rape is an issue that is universal; no verbal language is enough to decode the pain and suffering. Moreover, I wanted global approach and I believe that a silent film would take away any kind of language barrier from the film; this in turn, would make it approachable by a wider spectrum of audiences throughout the globe.”
According to the director White refers to a ray of optimism even in the darkest situations. Besides, it refers to serenity and goodness existing in women that helps one fight back the surrounding evils.
Aneek further adds, “Been a part of such an honorable event will fetch in more credibility to the film. Since White is an independent venture aiming at film festivals, of course we would like to earn more laurel leaves and the Melbourne inclusion in a huge booster for the team.”
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is an annual Indian film festival based in Melbourne, Australia. It is presented by Film Victoria and the State Government of Victoria, and produced by Mind Blowing Films, a Melbourne-based distributor of Indian cinema across Australia and New Zealand. Founded in 2010, the festival was previously called Bollywood & Beyond, and from 2012 was re-established as an initiative of the Victorian Coalition Government Victorian Government that aims to strengthen ties between the Indian film industry and Victoria.