A romantic comedy and historical drama outline this year’s India Film Festival of Alberta.
The annual festival makes its way to Fort McMurray, hoping to spread the word of world cinema – and enrich Fort McMurray lives by exposing them to alternative film content.
Nagarajan Babu is Treasurer for the festival and he tells Mix News it’s grown exponentially since its inception in 2015.
“It’s a unique kind of festival where we have two movies of different languages and we bring a delightful Indian dinner from Edmonton, so people really enjoy the culture. It’s like a family outing and we are hoping that the whole community comes out to support it.”
The festival also incorporated traditional Indian dances as well as a “Best Dressed” competition.
This year’s event will be showing two films, a Hindi historical drama entitled “Parmanu” and a Gujarati romantic comedy called “Sharato Lago.”
Babu feels it’s a unique way to broaden the cultural horizons of Fort McMurray.
“We like to bring movies for the Somali population, the Filipino population. So that’s our main mission. Slowly, we start with Indian cinema here and eventually bring world cinema to Fort McMurray.”
The festival stops in the RMWB on July 21 at 2 p.m., with screenings at the Suncor Energy Centre for Performing Arts.