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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



IFFI 52, 036: Asian premiere of Night Forest

IFFI 52, 036: Asian premiere of Night Forest

“Night Forest is a children’s film but adults can also relate to this film. It is a fun film that everyone in a family can watch together”, said Katrin Milhahn, director of the film Night Forest, in a press conference at the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa.

The film had its Asia Premiere at the 52nd IFFI. It was also competing for the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at IFFI 52. André Hörmann is her collaborator on the film.

The film is a portrayal of the lives of two best friends and how they go on a summer adventure of a lifetime. They experience freedom and face great dangers and obstacles throughout the course of the film.

The film-maker, Katrin Milhahn, is a noted writer and has written for many films and TV series including We Were Just Playing and Little Miss Dolittle.

Milhahn explained, “We wanted to create a realistic adventure. It is about a son who has lost his father and he is trying to make peace with that. It’s also about friendship and loyalty and believing in your dreams and not being defined by the society.”

On facing many challenges while making the film, she said, “We shot in the middle of the pandemic, so it was hard to cast the actors. In Germany, we had very strict laws regarding child actors, they were only allowed on set for four hours. We were really fortunate to find the two boys who did an amazing job and we were able to finish our work in a short periof of time.”

Showing trailer of the film at the conference, Milhahn said, “In the beginning, we didn’t want to put any music, but then we decided to put two original songs. The music has given a new dimension to the film.”

The director added that “Normally, as a writer of any film, you are excluded from certain parts of the process. So, I decided to try making a film by myself, and I am glad I could do justice to it.”


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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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