Goa: Three Indian and six foreign films are vying for this year’s prestigious ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. The Indian films in the race are The Kashmir Files, Naanu Kusuma, and Saudi Vellakka. 

The foreign movies competing for the award are A Tale of Two Sisters from Bangladesh, Fortune from Tajikistan, Nargesi from Iran, Mother from Bulgaria, White Dog from Canada, and Poloma, a joint production of Brazil and Portugal. 

Vivek Agnihotri directed The Kashmir Files has been one of the most successful films in India this year. The film, which deals with the

issue of the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir valley in 1990, is also being screened at IFFI in the Indian Panorama section. The Kannada film Naanu Kusuma, produced and directed by Krishne Gowda, highlights the issue of women’s safety. The third Indian film in the race - Saudi Vellakka is a Malayalam movie directed by Tharun Murthy. 

The ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal is given to a film that reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO especially tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue, and a culture of peace. This award will be given at the closing ceremony of IFFI on Monday, November 28. 

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