The Kashmir Files row: 3 IFFI jurors back Nadav Lapid, Indian member differs

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The Kashmir Files row: 3 IFFI jurors back Nadav Lapid, Indian member differs
The Kashmir Files row: 3 IFFI jurors back Nadav Lapid, Indian member differs

Sudipto Sen, the lone Indian on the jury board of the just-concluded International Film Festival of India, maintained that the remarks made by Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid about ‘The Kashmir Files’ were his personal opinion even as three other co-jurors came out in support of the jury head.

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Sen’s assertion on Saturday came after three members — American producer Jinko Gotoh, French film editor Pascale Chavance and French documentary filmmaker Javier Angulo Barturen — released a statement on Twitter endorsing Lapid’s comments that caused a huge controversy earlier this week.

The account from which Gotoh posted the statement is unverified. Sen’s name is also not mentioned in it.

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“As a board member, I stand by that we didn’t award ‘The Kashmir Files’. We only awarded five films. This decision was unanimous. And we gave an official presentation to the NFDC and the festival authority. After that jury board’s work is done.

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