The Dharamshala International Film Festival unveils the lineup for its 11th edition


The 11th Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), which showcases the best independent films from India and around the world, is back with a physical edition after being taken online by the pandemic for two years. DIFF will have a large group of filmmakers attending screenings of their films, and the program also includes seminars and workshops.

The DIFF will once again take place at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), which is close to the main square of McLeod Ganj. Screening locations include two of PictureTime’s state-of-the-art mobile digital cinemas in addition to the newly built auditorium at TIPA. Modern digital facilities will be installed at each site to ensure the highest level of quality.

Festival Director Ritu Sarin said, “We are delighted to announce our lineup! As we come out of two years of Covid, we’ve had a bumper crop of amazing new films from across India and the world to choose from. It was a very difficult challenge for our selection team to sift through so many beautiful films and we had long discussions and debates before deciding on the final program. We look forward to welcoming audiences and filmmakers back to live, breathe and talk cinema for a few days in the beautiful setting of McLeod Ganj!

Indian programming this year: Jhini Bini Chadariya (The Brittle Thread) by Ritesh Sharma; Manikbabur Megh (The Cloud and the Man) by Abhinandan Banerjee; Pedro by Natesh Hegde; Shankar’s Fairies by Irfana Majumdar; Taangh (Desire) by Bani Singh; Urf (alias) by Geetika Narang Abbasi; Adh Chanani Raat (Crescent Night) by Gurvinder Singh; Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Award winner, All That Breathes by Shaunak Sen; Dharti Latar Re Horo (Turtle Under Ground) by Shishir Jha; Dhuin of Achal Mishra; Dostojee by Prasun Chatterjee; and Watch Over Me by Farida Pasha.

International highlights include: A New Old Play (China, 2021) by Qiu Jiongjiong; Neighbors (Switzerland, Iraq, Syria, 2021) by Mano Khalil; Rehana (Bangladesh, Singapore, Qatar, 2021) by Abdullah Mohammed Saad; The Crossing (France, Germany, Czech Republic, 2021) by Florence Miailhe; Dear Future Children (Germany, UK, Austria, 2021) by Franz Böhm; Flee (Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden, 2021) by Jonas Poher Rasmussen; The Silence of the Mole (Guatemala, 2021) by Anais Taracena; and The Territory (Brazil, Denmark, USA, 2022) by Alex Pritz.

Children’s films, animated films and short films are included in the programming of DIFF 2022. Filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni, who has supported and participated in DIFF since its very first year, selected the short films. Monica Wahi, a specialist in children’s media who has been selecting films for DIFF for some time, is the curator of the festival’s young adult programme.

For those unable to physically attend DIFF this year, a digital version of DIFF 2022 will be available online from November 7-13 with a condensed lineup. Viewers will only be able to see films that have granted DIFF permission for Internet screenings. Soon passes and more information will be available.


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