Filmmaker-actor Nandita Das has been invited to a special edition on ‘Truth’ by Les Napoleons in Arles, France between July 18-21. An innovative communication network, Les Napoleons gathers players of the communications industries, culture, architecture and other fields to discuss and debate crucial issues.
Nandita’s latest film - Manto, is a liberal voice in these divided, turbulent times. Given that Manto wrote about the truths that no one dared to talk about, the film continues to remain relevant to our times. The filmmaker will initiate a dialogue and participate on the importance and relevance of truth in art and cinema.
She will be participating in two sessions, says sources close to the actress. “The first, alongside Isabelle Hudon, Canada’s Ambassador to France will shed some light on the role of women in society and the second being a closing key note address on Art and Truth.
Nandita Das says, “I am most delighted to be invited to a very special edition on Truth by Les Napoleons. As a speaker in two sessions, I am glad I have gotten the opportunity to discuss subjects that are very close to my heart - Art and Truth and Role of women in society and cinema. Manto, my next directorial venture has helped me delve into these subjects even more. For me, cinema has always been a means to understand and share thoughts and ideas that are of interest. And the complex relationship between truth and art is something worth exploring.”
She added, “Manto saw his stories as a mirror to the society. He never gave up being truthful despite opposition from even friends and family. I am also looking forward to hearing the other eminent speakers.”
The film, which was screened at Cannes International Film Festival, stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Duggal and others.