She talked about the legacy left behind by the founding member from India, the late Jai Chandiram. Nupur Basu, Managing Trustee, IAWRT, chapter India, underlined the vision and commitment of the network of women members of IAWRT both globally and in India in highlighting the work of women in TV, radio, film and media research. She highlighted the work by the Festival team to bring the best works of the Asian women film directors from across the world on a single platform. The purpose was to acknowledge the credible work increasingly emerging from younger filmmakers. Inclusion of student films along with the work of well-established directors was a key element in the festival. Over the next three days the audiences would get to view 51 films from 20 countries – all directed by Asian women directors with the festival theme “Female Gaze”. Shri Vohra congratulated IAWRT for curating the Little Directors Workshop and exposing young girl students from poor backgrounds to such creative activity.
The much awaited IAWRT long documentary 2019 production “Displacement and Resilience” produced by Chandita Mukherjee was premiered at the festival. Today, Michigan ranks second in the USA behind Washington State for apple production. Its beautiful colors have touched every part of the world and people from every corner come to experience the royal as well as rural image of the state. As the different fruits come into season throughout the year, you are sure to find Italian food festivals that center around them in different cities. Since the audience in the film festivals are movie critics and film buffs, it’s a great way to draw attention to their upcoming movies, which are usually big summer blockbusters or movies with big name stars starring in them. The other four holidays of the Celtic year celebrate the spring and fall equinoxes and the winter and summer solstices. The dragon mask is a key symbol of fortune and prosperity for the New Year.
Asiya Zahoor (Dir: The Stitch) looked at conflict ridden Kashmir through the eyes of a nine year old girl. While Boundaries featured films, which discussed the politics of representation and conflict, Re-imagining Red, as its title indicated, looked at different interpretations ranging from war and loss to transgender and identity. MeToo and how can they inform our politics and organizational practice? The engaging discussion with the audience was about the fate of the film’s protagonists, the challenges of shooting the documentary, the gains made by Georgian women filmmakers in world cinema and the politics of representation. The participants of Women of India Organic Festival 2017 also enrolled themselves in Mahila E-Haat, another initiative of the Ministry of Women & Child Development to meet the aspirations and needs of women entrepreneurs. Nupur also acknowledged the support of partner institutions and the significance of IAWRT in finding synergy with like-minded organisations committed to working for gender equity for women in cinema and media. Shri N N Vohra, in his address, praised both the efforts of IAWRT for the past 15 years in conducting the Asian women’s film festival and the value generated in both program and content at these festivals. Filmmakers Tribeny Rai from Sikkim and Fathima Shanaz from Sri Lanka interacted with audiences on the specific content of both their films and their individual experiences in filming them.
Surbhi Dewan, (Dir: Daughter of Nepal), a young filmmaker from India engaged in a stimulating post film discussion on the content of disappearance and political identity. The highlight after the formal opening ceremony was the opening film – a documentary from Georgia, Before Father Gets Back, directed by filmmaker Mari Gulbiani. The much-awaited opening ceremony of the festival was held on March 5 evening in the presence of partner institutions and IAWRT members. The selection committee for the general programming were IAWRT India members Iffat Fatima, Jerro Mulla and Anandana Kapur along with the Festival Director, Gauri D Chakraborty. Day three featured a unique morning segment, Soundphiles, which has become a kind of a flagship IAWRT programming – the technical and creative aspects of silence and sound. The curator of the segment Shikha Jhingan and co-directors of one Soundphile segment, Srijaa Kundu and Shrinjita Biswas were present to share their views and perspective with a curious and engaged audience. The film was followed by an interaction between curator of the Georgia segment, Smriti Nevatia and Mari Gulbiani.