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Published: Friday 31 March 2006

-- Vibgyor Thrissur

Hindu right-wing activists attempted to disrupt a short film and documentary festival, Vibgyor, held in Thrissur, Kerala. The open forum was organised for the first time by a few ngo s in Kerala and the festival almost got shortened by the slogans and protests. A controversial film by R P Amudhan, The Vande Mataram - A shit version, which lampoons the patriotic song, Vande Mataram, for encouraging the traditional role of Dalits in manual scavenging of human waste, was screened and was held as the main bone of contention.

The right-wing groups raised slogans against the film and even filed a police complaint for screening anti-national films at the festival. Earlier, they had threatened to move the court to stop the festival. The festival organiser, filmmakers and concerned citizens have reacted sharply to the condemnation of the fest. They claim that Vibgyor has emerged as a dynamic space that has been showcasing a wide range of socially relevant films.

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