MUMBAI: On 5 and 6 October, the fourth annual 2007 South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) in New York, will hold the North American premiere of two films directed by luminaries from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) – Tripurari Sharan’s Who Subah Kidhar Nikal Gayi?(Whither the Dawn?) and Somnath Sen’s Diploma.
Who Subah Kidhar Nikal Gayi? is a film about five young men and two women who become close friends while studying at a campus set in
Diploma is the story of eleven acting students who are about to graduate from a reputed film school. They are rehearsing for their final diploma film. The genesis of the story is when one of the students, Rabeya, locks herself in her room and refuses to face the camera. When the other students finally start to analyze the reasons behind Rabeya’s refusal to face the camera, they are forced to look within themselves and squarely face their own insecurities and fears of going out into the real world.
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Sen stated, “The Indian New Wave was spearheaded by graduates of our Institute and we are considered to be the vanguard for exploring and enhancing alternate cinema in