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The Power of Storytelling

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I had a pretty hectic week this time as the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began here. Honestly, I had a lot to write about butt being an essentialist/minimalist, I decided to write about only one panel discussion in the festival that I think is the most valuable.

Why are films important? What impact  do they have on society? Moreover what is the power of storytelling? These were the questions the drove the discussion on the theme “The Power of Storytelling” that took place at the Maquinez Palace last Tuesday. The panel consisted of actor and writer Nishikant Kamat, art market editor Ms Anna Louie Sussman (@annalouiesuss), filmmaker and director of “Airlift”  Raja Krishna Menon (@RajaMenon), and CEO of Mythos Labs Priyank Mathur (@PriyankSMathur).  The discussion was moderated by Vice President of Observer Research Foundation Mr Samir Saran (@samirsaran).

The panel deliberated on how storytelling can be used to combat terrorism, break gender stereotypes and bring about s…