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Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2017

See a film about the struggles of four different women who wear burkhas and a doco on a Melbourne tram conductor in Kolkata.
By Tom Clift
August 07, 2017
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Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2017

See a film about the struggles of four different women who wear burkhas and a doco on a Melbourne tram conductor in Kolkata.
By Tom Clift
August 07, 2017
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The best of Bollywood and beyond is on its way to Melbourne, as the Indian Film Festival returns for 2017. The largest annual showcase of Indian cinema in the southern hemisphere, this year's IFFM lineup is built around the theme of diversity, with everything from blockbusters to rom-coms to indie productions to documentaries on the docket.

The festival begins on August 10 with Lipstick Under My Burkha, a critically acclaimed film about the struggles of four different women from four vastly different backgrounds. Other highlights include the world premiere screening of the short documentary Tramjatra — about a Melbourne tram conductor who travels to Kolkata to try and save the city's trams — as well as Chronicles of Hari, an intimate drama that explores sexual identity through its depiction of traditional yakshagana theatre.

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