The short film Caste on the Menu Card, was the only film out of 35 others, which failed to get an exemption permission for a screening at 12th Jeevika Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival here, which is organised by Centre for Civil Society (CCS).
"We had submitted all the films to the ministry on August 4 and we got to know that this film will not be screened only yesterday. There was no delay on our part. We made a follow-up request but I don't think they will allow it. We will have to follow the process," Manoj Mathew, the festival director, told PTI.
The 21-minute film, made by students of the School of Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), focuses on beef-eating practices in Mumbai.
According to a synopsis on the festival's website, the movie "delves into the idea of food as a site of exclusion by focusing on beef-eating practices in Mumbai".
"By tracing the mythological and historical roots of the meat-eating culture in our country, the film discusses the hierarchy maintained by Brahminical preferences and its intended subversions."
The three-day Asia-wide annual festival attempts to highlight the livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor.
It also encourages documentary makers to find interest in livelihood issues and providing them a platform to share their experiences and creativity.
When asked about the matter, a senior I&B official said that adequate information had not been provided about the film.
"There is a process which has to be followed and the information provided about the film was inadequate," an official said.