On Tuesday, the High Court permitted the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) to screen the documentary Vivek (Reason) by Anand Patwardhan at its continuing Kerala International Documentary and Short Film Festival (IDSFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram. The academy's authorization was given by Justice Shaji P. Chaly, subject to clause 2(1) of the festival film certification rules.
Under the provision, movie certification exemption may be given for screening at non-commercial movie festivals, and before delegates that should include filmmakers, media students, critics, movie theorists, movie lovers, persons having a connection with movie production, company, and media members duly registered with the festival officials.
The court made it clear that without the approval of Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the academy and the filmmakers could not screen the film anywhere else. It also ordered the government of the state to provide screening security in the event that any law and order issue occurred at the venue.
The order was enacted when the KSCA and Mr Patwardhan submitted a writ request challenging the Center's action to deny approval to screen the documentary. Vivek speaks about the killings of rationalist scholars like Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, the rise of the country's ultra-nationalism, the oppression of Dalits and Muslims, caste-based discrimination, and Rohith Vemula's suicide.
The petitioners said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had rejected an academy application to exempt the film from accreditation in accordance with Section 9 of the Cinematograph Act.
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