The Alliance Française of Hyderabad, in collaboration with the Goethe Zentrum, the French Embassy in India & ARTE, is presenting The World Through ARTE's Eyes, a documentary film festival, from 14th to 16th December, at the Prasad Labs Preview Theatre. A total of 8 short films will be screened during the 3-day festival.
The World Through ARTE's Eyes presents documentaries on a host of different places such as Mali, China, North Korea, USA, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iran, India, Germany and France. The effects of globalisation on people from vastly different backgrounds and their working conditions will be addressed along with migration in Europe, stories from South-Asian countries, world music and cinema.
Today, the last day, a 90-minute German film, Losers And Winners (Verlieren und Gewinnen), will be the first film to be screened. After just 8 years in operation, Europe's most modern coking plant is shut down in Dortmund, Germany, in 2000, and sold to China 3 years later. 400 Chinese workers spend 60 hours a week under extreme conditions to press ahead with the idea of "breaking up in the West – starting afresh in the East", and dismantle the entire plant in order to reinstall it in China. This is the start of a gigantic project, impressive not only in terms of technology but more because it narrates the stories of people affected by the move.
ARTE was created in 1992 as a joint Franco-German venture, and set itself the goal of producing high-quality programs on art and culture. As cultural exchange is given top priority and is consciously promoted by ARTE, the focus is on the cooperation between ARTE and public broadcasting stations across Europe. The programs are scheduled to be broadcast in several languages, and viewed throughout Europe.
Please contact Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734/2770-0736 or Goethe-Zentrum at 6552-6443/2324-1791 for further details.