Cultural Diversity

Power of Language Short Film Competition

The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai has succesfully completed the short film competition "Die Macht der Sprache" (The Power of Language) with 96 entries and ten winning films.


Amol Pathare
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  WMV, 1:08Min.

Veena Simon
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  WMV, 1:11 Min.


Anmol Dharmadhikari
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  WMV, 1:11 Min.

M. Balaji
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  WMV, 1:12 Min.


D. Singh & P.l Aloke
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  WMV, 1:13 Min.

Askok V. Raman
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  WMV, 1:14 Min.


C. Yuvaraj
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  WMV, 1:11 Min.

P. Panbu Selvan
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  WMV, 1:08 Min.


Balkrishna Shinde
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  WMV, 1:11 Min.

P. Baskar Rao
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  WMV, 1:13 Min.


The first prize is an award of Rs. 10.000 and a sholarship for a trip to Germany for a German language course and to attend the Berlin Film Festival in February 2007. The award goes to Amol Pathare, Mumbai, for his film "The Power of Language?". The second prize goes to Veena Simon, Chennai, for "A Minute in the Life of Ethan" (Rs. 10.000), the third prize goes to Anmol Dharmadhikari, Mumbai, for "The Sweet Seller" (Rs. 5.000).

Seven more filmmakers won Rs. 2.000 each:
Balkrishna Shinde, Satara, for "Bobde Bol",
Devarun Singh & Parimal Aloke, Mumbai, for "Checkmate",
M. Balaji, Chennai, for "The Mute Poet",
C. Yuvaraj, Chennai, for "Bhavam (Expression)",
P. Panbu Selvan, Chenai, for "Decibel Sounds",
P. Baskar rao, Chennai, for "When Fingers Talk",
and Askok V. raman, Bangalore, for "Prayer".

The Goethe-Institute congratulates all winners and the members of the jury, K. Hariharan, film director and director of the Prasad Film School and Sadanand Menon, culture critic.

The ten films have been edited in a package unter the title "Die Macht der Sprache" which will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair and at the conference "Die Macht der Sprache" in Berlin in spring 2007. Screenings are in Chennai at various locations (call 2833 1314 for information). Individual screenings at Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai can be arranged.