First Ever Indian Film Festival In Kenya

First Ever Indian Film Festival In Kenya

High Commission of India

Nairobi

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FIRST EVER INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN KENYA

High Commission of India, in collaboration with Indian Film Festivals Worldwide, organized the first ever Indian Film Festival in Kenya. The 6 day-long Festival, showcasing 6 films from India, was inaugurated on 10th August, 2019 at the Westgate Cinema in Nairobi. At the grand red carpet opening, High Commissioner Mr. Rahul Chhabra highlighted the importance of cinema in bringing the people of the two countries closer. Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Mr. Joe Mucheru expressed hope that Indian film fraternity will come to Kenya to shoot movies and assured to provide all necessary assistance. Dignitaries from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, & Ministry of Tourism, Ambassadors of various countries, film fraternity of Kenya, friends from media and other guests graced the occasion.

Indian delegation from the film fraternity comprised popular Indian actor Arjun Rampal, Miss India tourism Ishika Taneja, directors and film makers of repute- Raju Chaddha, Umesh Shukla, Rahul Mittra, Ajay Arora and Dharmendra Mehra.

The Film festival features a rich mix of programs designed to build and support the growing interest of the Indian film industry in Kenya and coincides with 73rd Independence Day celebrations along with 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. To celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, National award winning movie, ‘Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai’ will be screened on 15th August.

A round table conference, with the theme ‘Creating synergies between India and Kenya through Cinema’, was organized on 14th August to deliberate on the possible avenues of collaboration between the two countries in this sector. While presiding over the conference, High Commissioner thanked the Government of Kenya for its support in organising the festival as well as the Indian delegation for coming to Kenya and expressed hope that the collaboration in this sector will lead to stronger people to people contacts, while improving the trade ties between the two countries. Cabinet Secretary (Minister) of ICT Mr. Joe Mucheru reiterated support of his Government, including a single window system to support and facilitate the Indian film makers. After the deliberations, the visiting Indian film makers announced the shooting a big budget movie in Kenya.

Aimed at showcasing the vibrancy of India cinema, the festival is aimed at strengthening the bilateral relations between India and Kenya via cinema.

 

14 August, 2019

Nairobi

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