A three-day event titled ‘Festival of women filmmaker’ will be organized at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) from March 8 to mark International Women’s Day and the centenary year of Indian cinema. The festival, which brings together 8 films directed by women film-makers, has been organized by Aayam and the Aashay Film Club.
To be held at NFAI theatre on Law College Road, the film festival will be inaugurated by actress-filmmaker Mrinal Kulkarni. Showing of ‘Gulabi Gang’ (Nishtha Jain) and ‘Firaaq’ ( Nandita Das) will kick start the event. On Saturday, ‘Gangoobai’ ( Priya Krishnaswamy) and ‘English Vinglish’ (Gauri Shinde) will be screened.
Noted film critic Deepa Gahlot will be felicitated with the ‘Woman journalist and critic award’ by film journalist Sudhir Nandgaonkar on Saturday. Shyamal Vanarase will receive the state award for her book ‘Satyajit Ray and Bhartiya Manwantar’, which will be given away by veteran actress Jyoti Subhash on Sunday.
‘Brahmawadinee’, a documentary film by Suhasini Mulay on woman priestship in Maharashtra, will be screened on Sunday. Besides Amu (Sonali Bose), Sparsh (Sai Paranjpe) and The Japanese Wife (Aparna Sen) will also be screened.
“Cinema is a mirror of the society and through these films we are trying to showcase the problems and also the solutions to women’s issues. Emotions are universal and with the backdrop of the unfortunate gang rape in Delhi, we want to convey the message of the need to respect and empower women across the country,” said Virendra Chitrav, secretary of Aashay Film Club. Entry to the festival is free.