We Who Love the Cinemas: Thinking Back on Mami

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Manta RayThe week after the 20th Mumbai Film Festival (Mami) has been a busy one for the Indian festival calendar. The festival of cinema led us Indians seamlessly to the Festival of Lights: Diwali that lights up moonless city nights across India. It is only in the absence of the possibility of watching non-mainstream world cinema in our local theatres that one is reminded of the delirious days of a film festival. Even as the Mumbai Film Festival closed its curtains for the year, it signed off with a set of awards celebrating the best of the international and Indian fare. If there were bets for the international competition winner I would have gone with my hunch and placed my bets on Manta Ray by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng. The film went on to win the Golden Gateway Award; the highest laurel in Mami given in two categories, the International Competition and the India Gold.
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