Chilkuri Sushil Rao’s documentary “Swapnika” wins special award at 7th Indian World Film Festival-23 in Hyderabad


Chilkuri Sushil Rao’s documentary “Swapnika” wins special award at 7th Indian World Film Festival in Hyderabad

Chilkuri Sushil Rao’s documentary film titled “Swapnika” has won international recognition at the 7th Indian World Film Festival-23 held in Hyderabad on March 19, 2023. In the festival organised by MiniBoxOffice, Greater Noida, National Capital Region, nearly 200 entries in different categories were received from across the globe. 

The documentary “Swapnika” was awarded with the “Certificate of Excellence – Special Festival Mention”. The award was given away by D C Singh, chief advisor and Rambhul Singh, festival director. 

The film festival had entries from several countries including Spain, Argentina, Sweden, US, UK, India, Switzerland, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, South Korea, Denmark and Germany which won awards. 

Another short documentary made by Chilkuri Sushil Rao titled “Nostalgia” has been given a ‘Certificate of Excellence” at the IWFF-23. The film is about a friendship and bond that lasts for decades among school friends and their gratitude to their school and teachers. The documentary is based on the ‘Nostalgia’ day celebrations organised by the alumni of  the 111-year-old St Patrick’s High School in Secunderabad. T-Hub CEO M Srinivas Rao, an alumnus of the school was the chief guest in January 2023. 

Music director Beno Joseph provided the background score for the documentary “Nostalgia” and the film was co-edited and presented by Elijah Emmanuel. The title song was sung by Chilkuri Nishan Sampreeth.

“Swapnika” is about a girl from Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, India who is an inspiration to all around her. Swapnika’s both hands had to be amputated due to an electrocution accident when she was a child. Not being discouraged with her physical impairment, Swapika pursued her education and has completed her degree. She is also an artist and is popularly known as ‘Mouth artist Swapnika’.  The documentary is about how she manages and succeeds overcoming difficulties. 

“While I am happy my documentaries receiving recognition at the Indian World Film Festival organised in my city, I am delighted that the life of ‘Swapnika’ has been show cased on a global platform and she has won acclaim,” documentary filmmaker Chilkuri Sushil Rao said.

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