The beauty that fills within as you think on. —Narayana Guru
How can you talk about culture and politics not in terms of the other? As otherizing and demonizing boom in the jingoistic contexts of monolithic cultural and linguistic nationalsim and regional elitism; the representation of the other becomes central in cinema and semiotic narratives. Othering and exclusions are happening in film festival selections through selective representations or erasures. It has been there in IFFI (International film festival of India) from the beginning of this century and now in the last few years such hegemonic tendencies have crept into IFFK (International film festival of Kerala) too.
Monopoly groups and over-represented cliques are repeatedly celebrated and canonized while critical and radical films are marginalized and out-casted. De-centering and de-canonization are urgently required at this critical juncture. It is high time that the ruling elite of the film academia and related media listen to other voices, see the other visions and examine their own omissions, myopias and evasions.