By Tibet Sun Newsroom
McLEOD GANJ, India, 11 November 2020
The 16th edition of the Free Spirit Film Festival kick-started online at Festhome TV on Wednesday and will go on till Monday, the 16th of November.
The Free Spirit Film Festival, held annually in McLeod Ganj, has been dubbed the smallest film festival in the world. Begun in 2004, it was the first film festival in McLeod Ganj and in the region.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year the organisers have put the festival online, collaborating with online film festival platform Festhome TV.
“The pandemic came as a blessing in disguise for us, as now we are global,” a post on their website says.
Considering the difficult and unpredictable situation created by the pandemic, the organisers have kept “Don’t lose the hope” as the theme of the film festival.
Since it was their first online experience, only ten films have been selected for the festival.
“Our lineup is some compelling as well as thought-provoking films made by filmmakers from around the world,” the website post says.
Among the ten is a controversial film Plandemic Indoctornation, directed by Mikki Willis, which claims that the coronavirus was created in a lab and global health leaders knew the pandemic would occur.
Another film, The New Abolitionists is about the filmmaker Christina Zorich who follows four NGOs throughout southeast Asia as they fight to effect change and end human sex trafficking.
Dalai Lama – China – Mount Kailash – Happiness, directed by Tom Vendetti, is a documentary film based on an interview with the Dalai Lama addressing three subjects: China and the preservation of Tibetan culture, the significance of the sacred Mount Kailash, and Happiness.