The Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) 2016, a four day film festival highlighting her life and work has started in Shillong. Organised at the U Soso Tham Auditorium, the MTIFF 2016 celebrates the canonisation of Mother Teresa. It will later move to Jowai, the district headquarters of West Jaintia Hills on September 14 for another four-day spell.
Unique film festival on Mother Teresa
A total of 20 films, documentaries and short films showcasing the life and work of St. Teresa would be screened at the festival. Similar festivals would be held in different cities in India and in about 50 countries around the world.
Meghalaya Governor V. Shanmuganathan inaugurated the festival. ‘Mother Teresa represents the message of love, peace, enduring strength, hope and service to the world at large. She served the destitute, lepers, abandoned children, old people, the poorest of the poor and the downtrodden. She understood their pain, she was a solace, a helping hand and a source of comfort to them,” Shanmuganathan said in his inaugural address.
Shanmuganthan, who had interacted with Mother Teresa in the mid-1990s in Calcutta, said that in a world where people identify themselves by the power they hold, or the money they possess, what truly marks Mother Teresa’s greatness is her identification of herself with her love of God.
The Festival opened with Mother Teresa and Me made by noted photographer and filmmaker Gautam Lewis. He was raised by Mother Teresa after his parents abandoned him while he was a young infant in Kolkata.