NRI director Mira Nair's short film
on September 11, based on the real life incident involving an
American Muslim boy, will be among the opening fare
at the 8th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), starting
here later this week.
Nair's film was part of a series of 11 short films by leading
directors from different countries on the terrorist attacks on
the World Trade Center and other US landmarks on September 11,
2001. The collection of 11 films, each of the duration of 11 minutes,
nine seconds and one frame (11'9"01), was a talking point
at the Toronto and Venice film festivals last year.
Mira Nair's vignette dramatises the real life story of Salman
Hamdani, a Muslim American medical student who went missing in
New York City after the attack and later became a terrorist suspect.
The all-American upbringing of the boy came to naught as his family
saw neighbours and friends turn against them. Finally, it turned
out that Salman had died helping people out of the World Trade
Center tower that day. The members of the youth's family took
part in the film.
Nair was later quoted as saying that she wanted to make a film
about the reality of life for South Asians in New York City after
September 11. ''Life has changed irrevocably, and I think forever.
From New York to Jenin to Gujarat, the Islamophobia that has taken
over the world disturbs me immensely. As a filmmaker, I thought
it was about time we spoke up," the director of such popularly
acclaimed films as 'Salaam Bombay' and 'Monsoon Wedding', told
an ethnic Indian newspaper in the US.
While Mira Nair's short feature will share the honours with the
Turkish feature film ''Encounters'' as the opening movies of the
week-long IFFK, starting on December 12, the NRI director herself
would not be present at the festival, sources at the Kerala State
Chalachitra Academy, the organisers of the festival, told UNI.
Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair
Nair on the set of Monsoon Wedding
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Vanity Fair 2004
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11.09.01 2002Fiction, 11 minutes, 9 seconds, one frame,
Hysterical Blindness 2002Fiction, 97 minutes, 35mm
Monsoon Wedding 2002Fiction, 113 minutes, 35mm
The Laughing Club of India 2000Documentary, 36 minutes,
My Own Country 1998Fiction, 100 minutes, 35mm
Kama Sutra : A Tale of Love 1996Fiction, 112 minutes, 35mm
The Perez Family 1995Fiction, 106 minutes, 35mm
The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat 1993Fiction, 10 minutes,
Mississippi Masala 1991Fiction, 113 minutes, 35mm
Salaam Bombay! 1988Fiction, 113 minutes, 35mm
Children of Desired Sex 1986Documentary, 30 minutes, 16
India Cabaret 1985Documentary, 58 minutes, 16 mm
So Far From India 1983Documentary, 52 minutes, 16 mm
Jama Masjid Street Journal 1979Documentary, 18 minutes,