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FTII students continue to struggle

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BENGALURU: Even after the four month strike, students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) continue to face injustice in student politics to this day.

A film screening ‘Retracing Freedom: Goa Chapter’, screened by Nyayadha Kansu, which means, dreaming of justice, took place at the Alternative Law Forum on March 14, 2017. The documentary tries to highlight that Democratic dictatorship prevails between the Government and this student body of politics.

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Students of FTII during protest                                                        Credits: Indian Express

The film screening followed a discussion with a former student of FTII who participated in the strike and edited the documenting of their movement at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), 2015 at Goa.

“Things are presently bad, they have revised the syllabus without academic council meeting, none of our suggestions have been taken into consideration, in order to fit the course into three years, they have cut down the syllabus, a course which is supposed to be for 5 years,” she said.

Testifying that the Government council does not concern them with film as an important means for education, she finds that the idea of education has become more revenue generating after the transition to commercialization in 1998.

The students strike took place for 139 days, which lasted from June 12, 2015 to October 29, 2015. When asked how was the experience, the student expressed that she had emerged as a changed person but during the experience she, along with other students faced a fear psychosis for being restricted of their right under Article 19, the right to freedom and expression.

Though they got much support from their community, the problem still remained that the Government council was in top power. “The Director is a Bureaucrat,” she said.


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