Documentary is about capturing stories around you, says filmmaker Latha Krishna

City-based Latha Krishna chats about her documentary film that won acclaim at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards

The story of children from a speech and hearing impaired school in Chennai has resonated at Cannes. And the person behind it — documentary filmmaker Latha Krishna — is delighted at the recognition.

Her short film, A Different Language, has won the prestigious Silver Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards, competing with about 2,000 international entries. The film portrays differently-abled youngsters and how they are trained to overcome their limitations at the Dr MGR Home & Higher Secondary School for the Speech and Hearing Impaired, Ramapuram.

With the 15-minute long A Different Language (an abridged five-minute version was sent to Cannes), Latha hopes to take audiences into the world of the children. “In documentary filmmaking, we don’t go in with a set approach. We have to keep our tentacles open and see what’s most interesting.” After spending time at the school and speaking with its Principal Latha Rajendran, Latha zeroed in on a particular former student, who is a small-scale entrepreneur now, to tell the story of the school and its impact. ....Read more


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