Harun Arun

Director: Vinod Ganatra
Gujarati/2009/Colour/73mins (Also available in: Hindi)

Synopsis:

Harun is a Muslim boy from Pakistan. He enters India through the desert border of Kutch in Gujarat with his grandfather who is searching for his best friend. But Harun gets separated from his grandfather and is taken in by a kind Hindu family who mistake his name to be Arun – a Hindu name. Harun wins over the village with his loving charm and courage. Yet when his Pakistani roots are discovered, his intention is questioned by adults corrupted by the biases and prejudices of religion and nationality. This film that urges for the innocence and compassion of children in the affairs of the world, has won many heart and awards globally.

 

Director’s Biography: Vinod Ganatra
Vinod Ganatra has been active in the film industry since 1983. While working as an independent editor with television and the Indian Space Research Organisation, he launched his own production company, Movieman. He has several awards to his credit. Widely traveled, he has also served on juries of several international film festivals and selection panels

 

Awards
1. LIV ULMANN PEACE PRIZE – Chicago international Children’s Film festival – USA
2. BEST JUVINILE AWARD – Dhaka Intl film festival – Bangladesh
3. TRANSMEDIA CRITICS JURY AWARD – Mumbai – India
4. LIGHT OF ASIA AWARD – Buddhist Film festival – Sri lanka
5. CIFEJ PRIZE – Rimouski Intl Film Festival – Canada
6. SPECIAL MENTION FOR HUMANITY AWWARD BY CHILDRNEJURY – Rimouski Intl Film Festival – Canada
7. AUDIENCE AWARD – FREEZE FRAME film festival – Canada
8. BEST COSTUME AWARD – 29th Augburg children’s Film festival , Germany

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