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Film on New Delhi’s pollution menace part of Cannes Film Festival’s Cinema for the Climate

Rahul Jain's Invisible Demons is described as a "shocking documentary" about pollution in New Delhi and the "invisible demons" that are the fine particles.

Indian filmmaker Rahul Jain’s Delhi pollution documentary Invisible Demons is part of the Cannes Film Festival’s new sidebar on climate issues.

Titled Cinema for the Climate, the new section will feature one fiction movie and six documentaries, focusing on the issue of climate change, the festival announced on Friday.

Rahul Jain’s Invisible Demons is described as a “shocking documentary” about pollution in New Delhi and the “invisible demons” that are the fine particles.

“Rahul Jain’s camera tries to breathe as it makes its way through this ecological hell, giving us both something to see and something to think about,” a brief on the Festival’s official site read.

Rahul Jain, who hails from New Delhi, graduated with Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film and Video from the California Institute of The Arts.

His first film, Machines, was a documentary about the factory life at a large textile mill in Gujarat.

The line-up also includes French actor-director Louis Garrel’s feature film The Crusade, a drama about children who come together to protect the planet.

Garrel stars in the film along with actors Laetitia Casta and Joseph Engel.

The five documentaries in the sidebar section are — Marcher sur l’eau (Above Water) by Aissa Maiga (Niger-France), Animal by Cyril Dion (France), I Am So Sorry by Zhao Liang (France – China), Bigger Than Us by Flore Vasseur (France) and La Panthere des neiges by Marie Amiguet (France).

Alongside the new programme, Cannes has announced an environmental action plan to reduce waste and decrease the festival’s carbon footprint.

The 74th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival will be held from July 6 to 17.

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