Curtain raiser on the 5th Asian Women’s Film Festival
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Given the success of “Expressions in Freedom” 2005 and “Women, Media and Society: Transformations” 2006, “Reflections: Women Imaging Realities” 2007, Insights and Aspirations, 2008 the IAWRT in partnership with IIC is organizing its fifth film festival titled: “Dialogues in Diversity” at India International Centre,
The festival will present films that explore and reflect on how women filmmakers negotiate, resist or document political, social, cultural, environmental, educational or economic issues. Are they creating a new language of filmmaking, which reflects, explores a new aesthetic and politics of filmmaking? How are women widening the frame for issues concerning women? These are some of the central questions the festival will address in” Dialogues in Diversity”
The International Association of Women in Radio and Television(IAWRT )and the India International Center(IIC ) collaborate to celebrate the creative vision of women film makers in the 5th Asian Women’s Film Festival on 7-8 March at the IIC Auditorium . The two day festival from 10:00am -8:30 pm provides a rich fare of documentaries, animation and short films. Many of the film makers will be present at the festival.
“I suddenly realized … I command the space to raise a dissenting voice and if I don’t do it it’s as political an act as doing it …. To stay quiet is as political an act as speaking out”. Arundhati Roy summarizes the choice of films in the festival. Dialogues in Diversity.
Parweena “All l we want is security, peace, and love”, in “There was a Queen”
Herstory will change the way history is written
Rehana , social activists raises the fundamental questions of “rights, equality and self esteem” in Rehana : Quest for Freedom
DAM/Age with Arundhati Roy is a compelling film by Aradhana Seth tracing the events that led to the authors’ imprisonment and she mediates on her personal negotiation for justice , her fame, and the responsibility it places on her as a writer , thinker and as a citizen. The film weaves in the background the fight against the Narbada Dam project and the devastation of people lives and culture.
The festival will premier Ananya Chakraborti’s film, “Understanding Trafficking” of women in Nepal India and
Reena Mohan‘s film “Skin Deep” explores the attitudes women have towards their body and the ideal in the media images. How do women come to terms towards their feelings of being, dark, short and too fat? The six person narratives are interspersed with documentary situation combining fiction and non-fiction to explore the inner reality.
The Clap Trap by Jill Misquitta is tender look at the junior artistes ,the extras who throng the Mumbai film industry.
The world of conflict and war has dominated the lives of women. Several films examine how women and men reflect on their situation
. Sharni Jayawardena explores the work of a Sri Lankan artist who express empathy and outrage through strong works on the street in “Defiant Art”.
“There was a Queen”, (Yi as Akh Padshah Bai) by Kavita Pai and Hansa Thapliyal. Kashmiri women fuelled by their own zest for life examine the violence and devise their ways for peace and reconciliation. The film also explores the identity of women, community and the nation and pushes for the need for women to be aware of how they can understand these constructs and move for women’s autonomy.
“View from a Grain of Sand” searches the stories of women who are building their lives after the Talibanisation of their country. Meena Nanji explores the questions, has the new government in
‘Exclusive for men professions’ are being broken into by women. One of the areas is media where camerawomen are inching their way in. Has the professional world changed and are the women camerapersons accepted? The experiences of the new generation and pioneers are reflected in Alexis Krasilovsky’s global documentary on camerawomen “Women behind the Camera”. The film reveals the historic survival stories of camerawomen in India , Afghanistan , Iran , China , Japan and USA and their outstanding contribution in a male dominated profession .The film also features Priya Seth Rao who filmed in underwater, in warzones and in Bollywood and Hollywood . Another top woman director of photography, Vijayalakshmi is also featured along with a new generation of camerawomen. The film empowers todays’ generation to take up these professions and understand the obstacles and satisfaction that camerawomen share.
Experimental film shorts explore the visual form while narrating a short story of O’ Henry in the “Furnished Room” by Priyanka Chhabra. This is me… Is this Me by Sri Devi Khandavilli who uses video art as a painter to examine her relationship with her body.
Still from 'Say No to Plastic'
Still from 'Say No to Plastic'
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