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Festival of films by women – experimental, sci-fi, fiction etc

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016,15:17 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Works by women directors of Asian origin ranging from animation, documentary, experimental, short fiction to fiction feature are set to be featured in the upcoming 12th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival beginning here from March 3.

The festival, which began in 2005 and is now held annually around International Women’s Day, has for this edition included 35 films from 13 countries apart from a special section of 11 films from Palestine under ‘Voices of Palestine’. An interesting aspect of the film festival is an audio segment called soundphiles.

This is the third year we are showcasing this segment where artists send in their sound entries. This year we have a total of 8 sound works, says Uma Tanuku, Festival Director. Tanuku has curated the festival along with Aradhna Kohli. 24 filmmakers and sound artists are scheduled to take part in the three-day event where films from Bangladesh, Iran, Israel, Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK, Vietnam apart from those from India and Palestine will be screened.

To bring a historical perspective to the films, a short seminar on documenting the women’s movement in cinema will present films that were inspired by the women’s movements in the 80s and 90s. We have films on issues like Sati, the anti-arrack movement and others that were in focus during movements in the 80s and the 90s. Film director Deepa Dhanraj, artist Sheeba Chachi, Shaba Diwan and student Pallavi Kaul will participate in the seminar, says Tanuku.

The seminar has been conceived by feminist scholar Uma Chakravarti and Shikha Jhingan. According to the festival director, documenting the women’s movement around three decades ago was formidable experience in the absence of easier recording technologies like today’s cell phones.

Another segment of the festival includes a seminar on Conflict, Gender and Media with interesting panel discussions on living and reporting from conflict areas. We have looked at conflict regions such as the North East, Kashmir and Palestine and included works from these areas, says Tanuku. The festival also provides a platform for showcasing art, and invites artists to host exhibitions. This year Nagaland artist Iris Odyuo is displaying a selection of 10 paintings that explores the issue of conflict, under the title ‘Healings’.