INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL MALTA- 100 years of indian cinema


1-      What led to organise the festival. Who is exactly behind this?

2-      Which film will you showing ? what aspect of Indian culture you hope to highlight?

3-      How does the festival fit within the overall remit of garden of knowledge?

4-      What kind of audience do you hope to attract?

1-      If we wanted to organize the Indian film festival is to honor and commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bollywood, enhance its richness and diversity, and also its realism (the first film was produced in 1913). Our aim of is to highlight / value other cinematography than the Anglo-Saxon cinema over represented in Western world.

2-      We consider the Indian cinematography among the best in the world and unfairly underrepresented in the Western world. While in Africa, Russia and the Middle East is widely broadcasted. This situation is due to the monopolies held by some Americans companies in the distribution network in Europe. It is sad to see that only during “Festival” or “special day “ you will have to possibility to know about other cinematography. We would like to give  to Indian cinema its rightful place. This  denote a cultural hegemony that we are forced to  accept and that requires us to consume a cultural product without the choice of plurality.

3-      To fill this gap we have decided to organize this festival that we hope will be followed by the Cuban and the African one: what is commonly and eurocentrically called  “world cinema”. As if there were ” THE CINEMA ” with capslocks and the rest would be a peripherical cinema, inferior, subordinate, less important ( the “world cinema” all in the same bag).We are in what we call the  Coloniality of knowledge and arts. It is this Eurocentric view of the world and perceptions that we want to tackle by providing and enhancing other cosmovisions, other artistic expressions and knowledges coming  from the Global South.

4-       Garden of knowledge proposed this initiative to the Indian authorities during  the month of February 2013 and gradually not without resistances, the project took off. We are now organizing this event with the auspices of the Indian Embassy in Libya, the Honorary Consulate and the Indian Community in Malta. A few years ago some Indian films were screened in Malta but apparently with no major consequences thereafter.

5-       We will present four films (Lagaan, Paheli, Baghban, Taare Zameen Par that is for child). The films are of various types:  historical like the film Lagaan , fantastic movie (ghost movie) as Paheli , or a drama as Baghban, but all leads you to a deeper reflection on society and even about yourself. It combines dance music, social justice,  realism and moral right with great expertise. We are far from  tomato sauce / sex and special effects  films.

6-      We would like to emphasize, unlike the superficial  perception that we use to have on Bollywood ( dance music and crying), the  extreme realism in  social thematic approach (only the neo realism of Italian cinema can be a reference). Bollywood  played a key role in the construction of  Indian  national identity – (by narrating the history of national heroes and the great Hindustan, in its denunciation of social injustice and the persistence of caste, the role of women,  the conditions of peasants, the insertion of  Indian society in the  capitalism system and his social consequences, the abuse of power, corruption, the dramatic partition of India and its human dechirements, the ferocity of British colonialism, etc …). It is really lively, colourful, rich and diverse.

7-      What is original is  the way they represent these serious and realistic subjects while singing or dancing. It is also a very sentimental cinema, poetic and passionate. Directors as Satyajit Ray has  been  in the spotlight at Cannes this year.

8-       Indians are extremely fond of cinema and actors are stars in the same way as political figures. Actors like Amitabh Bachan or Shah Rukh Khan  are worshiped, they have blogs with whom they have daily close conversations  with their fans.

9-      Our goal is to bring to Maltese public the possibility to appreciate and value in all its diversity and richness cultures of the world without moral judgment, Eurocentric prejudices or stereotypes . The film festival is just one way  among others to approach a  culture.

10-   That is why we want the Festival to be accessible to everyone, specially families because it is for Maltese people , workers, employees, housekeepers, mothers, teachers and  professors, pensionati, , students,  children. This is our favorite audience.


Headquartered in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Bollywood, the   North Indian industry is one of the most productive in the world, alongside Hollywood.

Its production is “commercial”  intend  “popular”. This movie has its roots in the great Indian mythological sagas, but it speaks to all, we have to watch it with the heart, away from our western references to get carried away by the whirlwind of emotions that rise on us …

 Kollywood – Tollywood – Mollywood

In India, there are not only  Bollywood and Hindi cinema. India is vast and popular movies from other regions, with their cultural differences are a source of artistic wealth that would be a shame to hide. There are movies  shot in the regional languages ​​of the south, mainly in Tamil (“Kollywood”), Telugu (“Tollywood”), and also a little in Malayalam (“Mollywood”), respectively languages ​​ from the state of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.



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