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Live the Celluloid Magic: IDIA Film Festival at NUJS

By on Mar 6, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Live the Celluloid Magic: IDIA Film Festival at NUJS

“It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.” – Anthony Burgess. Cinema has always been a reflection of this real world and therefore it seems inevitable that relevant social issues need to be addressed on the celluloid in order to garner attention and awareness amongst the mass. Law is the building block of every society as well as the instrument of social change. It is thus of a matter of fascination and of the utmost significance to spare a look at the manner in which law, abstractions such as justice, legality and morality and the entire legal profession have been reflected from time to time in the popular culture that is represented by films. It is with this object in mind that the IDIA family brings to you all the pan-Indian IDIA Film Festival, which an attempt to bridge the gap between creative minds of the film industry and the legal industry. The basic aim of the festival is to screen movies that are related to the legal world and are concerned with social issues. The movies to be screened at the festival have been shortlisted on the basis of a survey conducted in all the National Law Schools in India. The ten movies selected are: To Kill a Mockingbird. 12 Angry Men Judgement at Nuremberg Philadelphia Presumed Innocence Erin Brockovich A Few Good Men Anatomy of a Murder Inherit the Wind A Man for all Seasons Lorenzo’s oil Lincoln Lawyer The programme is not to remain a mere screening of films. In order to focus properly on the educational and awareness components of the same, as well as to ensure that a healthy and informative discussion can be generated about the nexus between film and law in course of the programme, the students have also mooted intermittent panel discussions to take place between the screening, featuring experts and enthusiasts from this discipline, as well as student participants. Indeed, such an arrangement has the potential to turn this event as the first of its kind and can therefore bring considerable repute to our university in our efforts to further the cause of legal education and awareness and capacity building. The first phase of the festival has already taken place at NLU, Jodhpur and greeted with enthusiastic participation. It is now the turn for the second phase to begin at NUJS, Kolkata, from March 6, 2014 for 2 days. The schedule for today is as follows: Introduction to IDIA: 4.00 pm Screening of the movie ‘Philadelphia’ : 4.15 pm Panel Discussion on the topic “Films as a medium of empowerment of the society.”: 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm Panelists include: Mr. Shyamal Karmakar – Professor and Head of Editing Dept at SRFTI. Mr. Tathagata Chowdhury – Practicing Advocate and Theater Personality, Founder of Theatrician. Ms. Ratnottama Sengupta- Journalist and Editor, Times Group. Pawan Dhall – Founder of Varta, Previously associated with SAATHI. Screening of the movie ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’: 8 pm Venue: National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. (NUJS) Auditorium The targeted audience include mass communication and film study students from reputed Kolkata colleges, law students from law colleges and Class XI & XII students having an aptitude for both the studies or interested in film and law. Please come and join us in our endeavour to make legal education a little bit more enjoyable outside the classrooms! Kindly feel free to participate in the panel discussion or simply sit back and enjoy the refreshment and pop-corn while watching the...

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IDIA calls for Dramatic Entries! Romanticise the Law!

By on Jan 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA calls for Dramatic Entries! Romanticise the Law!

Who amongst us has not savoured reel-life court room dramas, be it the passionate advocacy of Denzel Washington in Philadelphia, or the immortal deliberations of the jury in 12 Angry Men, or even the histrionics of a young Sunny Deol in Damini, shouting “Tareekh pe tareekh”? True to the adage of a picture being worth a thousand words, these scenes have, for better or worse, left indelible impressions upon our minds. We at IDIA believe that if we are to succeed in our goal of conveying the overarching benefits of a legal education to the masses, we need to “romanticise” the law a bit more. And what better way to do this than through drama and the creative arts? Given the common lack of awareness and negative perception around law, this is one of the greatest challenges faced by the IDIA movement. We therefore call upon all of you to get your creative juices flowing and come up with a skit, musical, moot court, dance or other feature that will help romanticize the law for a lay audience and draw them towards it and its massive potential to transform. Any group of students can submit entries for this competition. The entries should be in the form of a script or other write up documenting your broad theme and how you propose to execute it (a short video of what you plan might also help communicate your idea better). The winning entry will be awarded a cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to the city of Bangalore to participate in the IDIA Camp scheduled on January 18 and January 19, 2014. They would also get the opportunity of performing the skit/musical/dance/moot court or other show that they devise before an audience that would include several renowned and celebrated names from the legal and corporate community. Now is your chance to showcase that inner talent and unleash the elements of comedy, tragedy, music, dance, melodrama, farce or a combination of any of or all of these. Scarcely will you find any occasion where your creation will be put to any nobler use! The length of the script/other document/video should be such as to confine the performance within 30 minutes, hence the entries need to be crisp, powerful and elegant in their simplicity. The entries need to be sent to shouvikkumarguha@gmail.com by January 7, 2014. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and IDEATE! We look forward to hosting you in Bangalore during the fun-filled and immensely satisfactory...

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