Future film festivals will need permits
FROM ISSUE #123 (13 DEC 2002 - 19 DEC 2002) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival is over but it has left authorities uptight. Three days after the festival of mountain films ended on 8 December, the government's Film Development Board has brought out a public notice which states that individuals or organisations who want to hold film festivals should, in keeping with Film Regulation 2057, get permission from the board and that films should be checked by a censor committee before public and commercial viewing. The notice comes in the wake of the screening of Jogimara ka Jyundaharu, one of the 53 films screened at the festival. In early 2002, 17 construction workers of Jogimara were killed by the army while building a runway in Kalikot district. They were branded terrorists by the state and their families did not get their dead bodies or any compensation. While some families have conducted the last rites of their loved ones, others still wait, hoping their relatives will return.