Indian film festival inaugurated with Cuba as focus country

With the premier of Indian and Pakistani films Toba Tek Singh and Chotay Shah, opened in this capital the seventh edition of the film festival Jagran, which has Cuba as focus country.

The Cuban ambassador, Oscar Martinez, speaking at the opening of the exhibition at a ceremony held at the Siri Fort Auditorium, told about the characteristics of cinema of his country and its approach to present the reality of the island.

 He stressed that like the rest of the Cuban sectors,  that art has suffered the consequences of the financial, economic and commercial blockade imposed by the United States to his nation for over half a century.

We hope that with the screening of Cuban films here we can further promote the friendship between the two peoples, he said.

The Indian public will enjoy Cuban films Madagascar, Habanastation, Lucia, Strowberry and Chocolate and Suite Habana, among others, as well as documentary My brother Fidel and Hanoi, Tuesday 13.

During the ceremony also speaks the Indian director and veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah.

As part of the event, which will last five days in New Delhi, will be presented a retrospective of five films of Shah, including the acclaimed "Wait" and "Monsoon Wedding".

The inauguration was attended, among others, film director Ketan Mehta Indian and Pakistani Sabiha Sumar, two of whose works opened the contest.

After five days of screenings in this capital, the festival will tour 14 other cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun and Hisar before concluding in Mumbai, the Mecca of cinema. (Prensa Latina/Cubaminrex- EmbacubaIndia)