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Seek the path of the Buddha

After a successful edition last year, the Pune International Centre (PIC) is hosting the second edition of the The Inner Path: A Festival of Buddhist Films, this week. 

The festival is organised in association with the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), and the National Film Archive of
India (NFAI).

It will showcase 11 films (features and documentaries) on Buddhist themes which have been sourced from nine Asian and Western countries.

These films will showcase diverse and lesser-known streams of Buddhism practiced around the world, which are all directed towards the Inner Path. The films will be screened at the NFAI auditorium at Law College Road.

Prashant Girbane, member, Pune International Centre said, “As we have been organising several events across the city, we have been seeing a demand to host a film festival as well. So, when we were deciding on the theme, we thought of opting for a niche theme like this. People are welcoming the idea and we are seeing a lot of participation. Youngsters, especially students, are showing a lot of interest.”

Commenting about the films being screened, he added, “There are 11 films from countries, like Korea, Japan and Germany. From India, we have director Amol Palekar’s film, And Once Again (also a PIC member). We had organised the festival two years ago and had received a good response. The festival will encourage people who are interested in niche themes.”

There are several award-winning films that will be showcased as well.

The inaugural film, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring, created by renowned Korean director Kim Ki-duk is a must-watch. Also, check out Oscar-nominated director Christian Frei’s The Giant Buddhas along with Kon Ichikawa’s Oscar-nominated film, The Burmese Harp.

The festival will also screen two biopics — David Grubin’s The Buddha and Goutam Ghose’s Impermanence based on the Dalai Lama.

On November 8, 9 and 10 (inauguration on November 8; 6 pm onwards)
At The National Films Archive of India, Law College Road.
Call 25652259 

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