Beautiful Game Gets A Kick Off At Binennale
The game is a useful vehicle to rally people to fight against inequalities, poverty and racism - Komu | By Yentha
On Feb 17, 2015

Kochi: 'Football Under Cover', an Iranian-German production, was the opening film of 'Hard Tackle: The Untold Story of Football', the Artists' Cinema section that began here at the Aspinwall House venue of the biennale.

Directed by Iranian-born Ayat Najafi and German David Assmann, the film tells the story of a match between the Iranian national women's football team and a club from Berlin, played to a women-only audience in Tehran. The title of the film denotes the jersey used by both teams completely covering the bodies of the players, aided also by a headscarf.

A telling commentary on the lack of rights of women on and off the football field was the theme of the second Kochi-Muziris Biennale's Artists' Cinema programme dedicated to the beautiful game.

"Football offers a lot of cultural possibilities," said Kochi Biennale Foundation Secretary Riyas Komu. "The game is a useful vehicle to rally the people to fight against inequalities, poverty and racism and also for women's rights and justice," said Komu, who co-curated the first football film festival at the International Film Festival of India in Goa fours years ago.

Curated by Delhi-based film critic-journalist Faizal Khan, the Artists' Cinema section has eight full-length films, including three feature films, and six short films. There are also four documentary films besides a collection of 45 short films made by young filmmakers around the world, including from India, for the Berlin film festival in the run-up to the 2006 Germany World Cup.

The biennale also partnered the Kerala Cartoon Academy to organise an on-the-spot caricature drawing for the public. Titled 'Cartoonists@biennale', the event began with specially-abled cartoonist Anjan Sateesh drawing the caricature of Kochi MLA Dominic Presentation.

"The cartoonists are reaching out to the public through the biennale," said Presentation, adding the participation of cartoonists from across the state made the biennale more inclusive.

As many as 25 cartoonists took part in the event held at the Vasco Da Gama square in Fort Kochi. "This is our first participation in the biennale," said Kerala Cartoon Academy chairman  Aravindakshan P.

A Music for Unity concert by Teen Taal, a group of singers in the age group of 10-20 years, organised by the biennale at the Vasco da Gama square in Fort Kochi was another highlight of the day.

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