'Moths' wins top laurels at Indo-Russian film fest

Chennai, June 25 (IANS) G. Venkatesh Kumar's "Moths", a Tamil documentary about dying fishermen who go unnoticed on India's coast, won the best documentary award at the first Indo-Russian film festival.

The festival was held at Russian Science & Cultural Centre, New Delhi on June 21. The film captures horrifying visuals of the miseries of Tamil fishermen in the hands of Sri Lankan coast guards.

On winning the award, Venkatesh said in a statement: "I strongly believe that this documentary will bring about major changes to the life of Tamil fishermen and I would like to dedicate my award to them."

Venkatesh is currently wrapping up the upcoming Tamil feature film titled "Neelam", being made along the lines of "Moths".

As many as 10 documentaries were screened at the festival focused on acute problems of the contemporary world such as pollution, social inequality, non-compliance, racism and other sensitive issues.

Some of the documentaries include "Children of the Sun", "Manzil", "I am Guilty", "Pristine Waters" and "18 Till I Die".

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