For any change to be lasting and genuine. I believe it is crucial that we turn our gaze inward. Legal institutions guarantee ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ but the world today is proof that these are by no means enough. The Flashpoint film festival is brilliant, in that it brings together films that inspire thought and inner change. Cinema has the power needed to inspire that change in the individual.
During my many travels and interactions around the world, I have sensed a collective desire to understand complex and violent world we inhabit and a palpable need for peace. My film Firaaq reflects this sprit and touches the hearts and minds of those who watch it. For me a film is not an end in itself. It is a means to stir a dialogue about our own fears, prejudices and responses to violence. So I am happy that Firaaq is being screened at the FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival this week. Even after three years, I think the film is as relevant and a dialogue about communal violence as important, in today’s time too.
– Martin Maat, Director - JUSTICE FOR SERGEI