Wednesday, February 18, 2009

5th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival 2009. Delhi. ABOUT


Presented by the IAWRT India Chapter
with the support of the India International Centre

WHEN: 7th and 8th March 2009
WHERE: India International Centre, Lodi Estate, New Delhi

ENTRY: Free, by registration available at venue.

The 5th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival is back again, to mark the International Women’s Day. Each year, the festival showcases a wide array of films – documentaries, short fiction, and animation – made by women filmmakers of Asian origin.

This year the festival presents over 20 films made by women filmmakers from across India, South Asia, and the Unites States of America. It has broadly been curated around the theme, Dialogues in Diversity.

Some of the films this year are
· Dam/Age: a film with Arundhati Roy: directed by Aradhana Seth, the film traces Roy’s bold and controversial campaign against the Narmada Dam project
· View from A Grain of Sand: Meena Nanji’s comprehensive account of the recent history of Afganistan, the impact on the women’s live, and the resistance they offer
· Mukand and Riaz: Nina Sabnani’s poignant animation film on the Partition and her personal family history
· There was a Queen: Kavita Pai and Hansa Thapliyal’s explorations through the lives of Kashmiri women as to what peace means and how it can come about in Kashmir

The festival is not restricted to new releases; it seeks out and presents well known films made in earlier years that are still of interest to viewers. This edition of the festival includes the noted 1998 release,
· Skin Deep by Reena Mohan, on women’s complex relationships with physical beauty;
· and Jill Mesquita-Mistry’s The Clap Trap, a moving look at the lives of the junior artistes of Bollywood, that was produced for Channel 4 UK .

The festival is an important space for high quality student works. This year, it shows Priyanka Chabbra’s award winning experimental short, The Furnished Room, that is shot across 3 screens.

Each year, the festival also travels to other cities across India. Last year, the festival packages were screened in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

IAWRT India is the India chapter of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television. The festival is organised through the voluntary effort of the members of IAWRT India; and the generous support of IIC. The filmmaking community, PSBT and Magic Lantern Foundation, also offer support by proving the films for the screenings.

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