If cinema has grown more and more political in recent times -- often highlighting and critiquing the follies of administrations the world over -- movie festivals too have not been found wanting on this score. The 2014 Busan Film Festival had a massive showdown with the South Korean Government when a documentary, The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol, on a

ferry tragedy in which 300 people perished, was screened. The administration did not want the movie to be shown, but it was. So, it is not surprising that the opening night on Thursday of the Berlin Film Festival should have been all about politics - in times as these when we are all troubled by terrorism, and Trump’s travel proscription.

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