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Human rights film festival returns in Mumbai

Human rights film festival highlights issues of violence, corruption and homophobia.

entertainment Updated: Dec 09, 2011 13:19 IST
Pooja Maheshwary

Film enthusiasts can rejoice as Flashpoint Human Rights Film Festival returns to the city for its second edition with a collection of human rights films from India and around the world.

The festival, which is currently taking place till December 10, made its debut last December. “Last year, as a jury member of a fest in Netherlands, I saw 10 evocative international films on human rights and decided to share it with people in India and create a dialogue on these issues. That’s how the fest came to be,” explains Sridhar Rangayan, filmmaker and director of the festival.

“People in India were quite affected by the issues portrayed in the films; but more importantly, they were inspired by how ordinary human beings took a certain cause and created a revolution,” he adds.

This year, the films shine a harsh beam on human rights violations in Kenya, Columbia, Israel, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, USA and India. “The festival will screen 18 films, exploring issues like farmer suicides promoted by corruption and inefficiency of the Indian government, women disempowerment, surrogacy being made into a corporate business, the Israel-Palestine issue and the American government’s violent activities in Guantanamo Bay,” says Rangayan.

The event will also observe the International Anti-Corruption day today at 5 pm, inviting people to talk about corruption. Similarly, the International Human Rights Day will be observed at 5 pm tomorrow, where a host of panelists will discuss violence against women, and the gay and transgender communities.

Film schedule on December 9
Pink Saris, 10 am
Freeing Silvia Baraldini, 12 pm
Cotton For My Shroud, 2 pm
Unjust, 3.30 pm
Performance, 5 pm
Ghabricha Paus, 6 pm

On December 10
Made In India, 10 am
In Search Of My Home, 12 pm
21 Days To Nawroz, 12 pm
Bullied, 2 pm
Cameroon: Coming Out Of The Nkuta, 2 pm
Sarabah, 4 pm
Panel Discussion, 5 pm
Roots Of Violence Sexual and bodily inflictions, 5 pm
Mee Sindutai Sakpal, 6 pm
At Alliance Francaise de Bombay, New Marine Lines Road. Entry free.
Call 2203 5993.