2 arrested for protesting ‘The Kerala Story’ screening at IFFI 2023 in Goa

Goa: Indian police arrested two persons after they protested against the screening of the Hindutva propaganda movie ‘The Kerala Story’ during the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa city.

Sreenath, a documentary maker, and Archana Ravi, an illustrator, both from Kerala, were detained at Panaji Police Station in Goa for an hour due to their possession of a meme criticising the screening of “The Kerala Story”.

They were carrying a paper displaying the meme with the caption “Sudipto Sen: The Kerala Story, Source: Trust me bro!” They went around interacting with the other delegates at IFFI and told them how ‘The Kerala Story’ was a “propaganda film”.

The organisers cancelled the delegate passes of both the protestors and banned them from IFFI 2023.

Sreenath, took to his X handle on Monday evening and said that they were detained by the Goan police for their protest. “Marked our dissent for screening ‘The Kerala Story’ at IFFI as it is a propaganda movie. We were detained by the Goan police, and they took away our IFFI delegate pass banning us from the festival,” he wrote.

Expressing concern over what transpired, Archana said, “I am really worried about a police state.” She further said that the director, Sudipto Sen, noticed their peaceful protest, leading to a verbal altercation. Soon after, the police intervened and took them to the police station.

The 54th IFFI which commenced in Goa on November 20 and concluded, today, was attended by some of the biggest Indian and global personalities.

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