Posted: Apr 20, 2009
Nandita Das's directorial debut 'Firaaq' won the Special Jury Prize at the 28th Istanbul Film Festival for "conveying a message of hope".
It is the eighth international award for the critically acclaimed film which has already won awards in film festivals in Greece, Singapore, Dubai, Karachi and San Jose. Set in the aftermath of Gujarat riots in 2002, the film deals with the issues related to violence and its effect on human psyche.
"Firaaq courageously deals with the highly sensitive them of religious intolerance and sectarian strife, showing its terrible consequences. It also conveys a message of hope and demonstrates that people can make choices," the festival Jury said in its citation.
"Showing the film in different parts of the world and connecting with audiences reaffirms my faith in the fact that human stories transcend boundaries," Nandita said in a statement.
Presenting the award to Nandita, the Deputy Secretary General of the Film Award of the Council of Europe, Maud De Boer Buquicchio said that the award was not only for the choice of story but for how it had been told.
Nandita, who is known for her work in socially relevant films like 'Fire', 'Earth', 'Bavandar' and Provoked', released the film in India last month.