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MTIFF - CHENNAI


By AC Alathi
Chennai, Dec. 3. The birth centenary of Mother Teresa brings with it memories of this great person who has illumined the lives of thousands of people in our society. Mother Teresa International Film Festival - MTIFF 2010 is here at Chennai to pay homage to Mother Teresa and spread awareness about her work and mission, advocating her message of love, compassion and peace through the medium of cinema.  This two day festival is scheduled to be held on the 4th-5th December at Don Bosco Auditorium, Egmore from 10 a.m onwards.

The birth centenary of Mother Teresa brings with it memories of this great person who has illumined the lives of thousands of people in our society. Mother Teresa International Film Festival - MTIFF 2010 is here at Chennai to pay homage to Mother Teresa and spread awareness about her work and mission, advocating her message of love, compassion and peace through the medium of cinema.  This two day festival is scheduled to be held on the 4th-5th December at Don Bosco Auditorium, Egmore from 10 a.m onwards.

This travelling Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF 2010),  intended to mark the birth centenary of Blessed Teresa is a package of twelve international films (USA, Italy, Spain, Canada, France and India) which includes rare documentary films of Petrie Sisters of New York with commentary by Sir Richard Attenborough, as wells as two full-length feature films starring Geraldine Chaplain and Olivia Hussey as Mother Teresa.  This film festival exclusively portraying the life, message and values of Mother Teresa is no doubt a reliving of her memories and a fitting way to make memory of this great person.

Keeping in line with the spirit of Mother Teresa, the first day of the festival is dedicated to all  beneficiaries in all Old Age Homes, Specially Challenged, Sick Patients, Street Children, Terminally affected Patients, Hospitals, NGOs for the socially affected & suffering etc. The guests of honour at the inaugural function on the first day are Mr. Sathya Narayanan, Vice Chancellor of SRM University, Sr. Bina Paul, Superior- Missionaries of Charity, Film Directors Lingusamy, SS Stanley, Ezhil, Sasi, Saravanan Subbaiah,  Ram and Ms. Pameela Nasser - Producer and  Actress Chandra Lakshmanan and Ms. Kanmani, Executive Producer of Big 92.7 FM.
The second day of the festival is dedicated to the public specially to the student groups, service organizations, and to the public. The second day of the festival will conclude with few cultural performances in honour of Mother Teresa. The dignitaries on the second day will include the honourable minister for information, Mr. Parithi Elamvazhuthi, Sr. Mangala -Provincial Superior of the Sisters of Mother Teresa Chennai, Actress Suhasini, Actress Kushbu Sundar, Ms. Maala Maniyam - CEO Raj Networks, Actor John Vijay, Kavignar Snehan, and Director Gnana Rajasekaran. The festival is hosted by the Department of Information, Government of Tamil Nadu, with Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts and SIGNIS Bengal in collaboration with SRM Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute, I Volunteers, Big 92.7 FM, SIGNIS Tamil Nadu and Don Bosco Anbu Illam, Chennai.  
Mother Teresa kindles maximum admiration because she manifested the face of God to every needy and suffering person. She was everything to everybody, giving her whole self to build a humane society. Film being a powerful medium that can communicate, educate and elevate will no doubt be a great source of inspiration to all the viewers. MTIFF 2010 Chennai is absolutely non-commercial in nature promoting the ideals and values of Mother Teresa and make a living memory of her life and message.  The flame lit by this simple, frail, noble woman has brought great light to humanity and can foster in us a greater sense of faith, hope, courage and integrity to work for the betterment of humanity.  This short cinematic collection that honors her legacy, will no doubt be a rare visual experience to hear and feel the heart of Mother Teresa.  
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