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    Caleidoscope is the largest annual Indian film festival in Greater Boston. Since its inception in 2015 with a single day fest, this unique cine celebration, organized by Acton based Calcutta Club USA, has been rapidly growing in popularity, as well as in duration of the event. Caleidoscope is a competitive festival, showcasing the best contemporary arthouse, non-Bollywood and parallel cinema creations. It is a platform that celebrates the talent of Indian origin filmmakers, bringing their exceptional works to light and rewarding the best ones. Films are carefully curated from hundreds of multilingual submissions (subtitled in English), exhibited in professional venues and evaluated for awards by a panel of diverse, experienced jurors. The fourth Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival will be held from Dec 2nd to Dec 9th, 2018 across Greater Boston. For the first time, the event will be partly hosted in Lexington. The other locations are Wellesley, Lowell, Boston, Providence and Cambridge. A total of 11 feature films and 5 shorts will be shown. A number of reputed film personalities will be attending the festival this year for Q&A sessions following their screenings. Representing seven award winning Evening Shadows will be popular TV and film actress Mona Ambegaonkar from Mumbai and the producer Hussain Ali. Also visiting from Mumbai is producer Shivanggi Choudharry of unorthodox thriller “Aami Joy Chatterjee” showing in Providence, RI. The director of C/o Kancharapalem Maha Venkatesh, and its producer Praveena Paruchuri will be at their film’s screening. The Lexington screening will be held on Dec 6, Thu night starting at 6 PM at Lexington Venues theater with a hilarious if educational short called “Miya Bibi aur Banana” (Husband, Wife and Banana) which has its inspirational roots in a MIT startup. It will be followed by the Hindi feature film Turup (aka Checkmate) which is a unique tale of a city where men of all ages play chess on the street while a number of real backstories occur in parallel. Eventually the tides of fortune turn on the game board as well as in the lives of the protagonists. “The intertwined, twin themes of Caleidoscop 2018 are love and social justice”, said Chitro Neogy, festival director of Caleidoscope 2018. “From the opening film Teen Aur Adha (Hindi/Marathi) to the closing one C/o Kancharapalem (Telegu), the audience will witness intricate manifestations of love and affection, sometimes transactional or situational, often across diverse age groups and racial walls. In The Song of Scorpions (HIndi) featuring Irfan Khan, Golshifteh Farahani and Waheeda Rahman, love takes on a savage and imperfect tone that swings between compassion and revenge. Others like Juze (Konkani), LGBT themed Evening Shadows (Hindi) and Turup (Hindi) are crossover films, where love is challenged by social taboos, leading protagonists to choose their own paths to fulfilment, not always successfully. Finally, powerful creations such as Manusangada (Tamil) and Pupa (Bengali) are stark reminders of both social injustice that exists even today but also inner dilemma and conflict that prevent us from achieving our goals.
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