“Cow” a short film made by a Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute(SRFTI) has own hearts in Hollywood. The film is of 6 minutes and is a critique on eating habits of being forced on people. The film has made it to the film festival in Los Angeles.
Ashok Moorthy, the director of Cow, said, “’Cow’, part of a long-take exercise, shows a person reporting an incident in a house to the police. Cops come to arrest the suspect. As he is whisked off, the camera enters the house, there is blood on the floor. The film ends with the visual of a beheaded cow in the kitchen. “We used a model of a beheaded cow and no animals were injured during filming. In ‘Cow’, I wanted to show that big issues are not getting addressed while the government is more concerned about what you should or shouldn’t eat”.
Commenting on the strict censorship of the films, Director Ashoke Viswanathan, the dean of SRFTI, said, “”As per I&B ministry guidelines, it has been decided that selection of films to various festivals will be done by a core committee comprising faculty members from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and SRFTI, besides the deans and directors of the two institutes and possibly an official from the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) to coordinate the whole exercise. Probably, this committee will come into effect in 2018.”
As a more careful committee is now being active, SRFTI students fear that this may be their last few anti-establishment films to make it to the SRFTI film festival.
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