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Samabhav – travelling festival: Fighting gender discrimination

The festival begun in Coimbatore and has travelled to Delhi, Bengaluru, Thrissur, Kolkata, Gandhinagar, Jalgaon, and Dhule before coming to Pune. 

pune Updated: Jan 18, 2018 18:08 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Samabhav,travelling festival
‘Walking the Walk’ is one of the documentaries that will be featured at the travelling film festival, Samabhav.(HT PHOTO)

A first of its kind travelling film festival, Samabhav, organised by Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), will be held at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) between January 19-20 from 9.30 am at the Main Theatre Auditorium of FTII.

Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), a group based in Mumbai and working towards stopping gender-based violence on women for the past 25 years, in collaboration with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), is organising a two-day film festival called Samabhav (equanimity), with special focus on gender, masculinity and diversity.

“The festival is a first of its kind in India, generating healthy and engaging conversations amongst college and university students, faculty, representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), film lovers and young film-makers,” said its organiser Harish Sadani from MAVA.

This festival begun in Coimbatore and has travelled to Delhi, Bengaluru, Thrissur, Kolkata, Gandhinagar, Jalgaon, and Dhule before coming to Pune.

The festival features around 15 national and international short films, documentaries and feature films. The films cover a wide range of gender-related issues ranging from various forms of gender-based discrimination, violence against women, homophobia and transphobia to challenging the male gender stereotypes and the dominant model of masculinity. Khule Aasman ke Niche, Daaravtha, Mardistan, Sundar, Thanks, The Mask You Live In (US), Khel Khel Mein, Majma and Broken Image are among the notable films that would be screened at the film festival.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 18:04 IST