‘Gauri’ wins ‘Best Long Documentary Award’ at South Asian Film Festival of Montreal
The documentary “Gauri”, directed by Kavitha Lankesh, has received the “Best Long Documentary Award” at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal 2023. The film is about journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, who was assassinated in 2017, and the current political crisis in India.
South Asian Film Festival: ‘Gauri’ wins ‘Best Long Documentary Award’
- The award citation describes the film as a courageous and uncompromising examination of the events surrounding Gauri Lankesh’s murder, and praises Kavitha Lankesh’s energetic direction and narration.
- The documentary was commissioned by Free Press Unlimited, Amsterdam, an organization that upholds Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which advocates for freedom of expression and access to information.
- The documentary “All That Breathes”, which was nominated for an Oscar, was also in competition and received the runner-up prize.
About the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM)
- The Kabir Centre for Arts and Culture in Montreal is organizing the 13th South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM) in 2024.
- The festival will be a hybrid event, combining both in-person cinema screenings and online presentations.
- Its main objective is to promote cultural unity and understanding among the diverse South Asian community, while also creating opportunities for cross-cultural exchange between South Asia, Quebec, and Canada as a whole.
Through showcasing the rich cultural diversity of South Asia to Western audiences and bringing together the South Asian diaspora, the festival aims to challenge and overcome stereotypes, prejudices, and biases related to South Asia.