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Gender bending cinema

Women film-makers discuss and debate the role of cinema in championing women's rights on the silver screen

In the month of International Women’s Day, three organisations come together to host a discussion that looks at the oeuvre of three women filmmakers. AVID Learning, The Consulate General of the United States in Mumbai and the National Gallery of Modern Art present Fearless Film-makers: Exposing Social Injustice. Participating film-makers — Mary Dore, Nishtha Jain and Vibha Bakshi will be in conversation with Anamika Chakravorty, cultural affairs officer, US Consulate General Mumbai.

A still from Nishtha Jain’s film Gulabi Gang
A still from Nishtha Jain’s film Gulabi Gang

The cinema of these
film-makers transcends boundaries and has sparked important conversations around human rights (including women’s rights) and the need for justice. Here’s acquainting you with their work before you hear them speak at the panel discussion.

Vibha Bakshi
Vibha Bakshi

Mary Dore is an award-winning documentary producer and director who brings an activist’s perspective to her films. She has produced a television series for Maine Public Broadcasting and 13/WNET in New York, produced and co-directed the feature documentary, The Good Fight: the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (with Noel Buckner and Sam Sills). It was screened at the Toronto, Sundance, and London Film Festivals.

Mary Dore
Mary Dore

Nishtha Jain is an independent Indian film-maker. She studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Together with Smriti Nevatia Jain, she created an independent documentary outfit Raintree Films based in Mumbai.

Nishtha Jain
Nishtha Jain

Her films have received numerous awards and have been extensively shown at international film festivals, broadcast on international TV networks and regularly shown in schools and colleges in India and abroad. Her documentary Gulabi Gang, based on the life of social activist, Sampat Pal Devi received the Best Film on Social Issues, and the Best Non Feature Film Editing at the 61st National Film Awards.

Vibha Bakshi is a National Award-winning film-maker who has worked with Oscar winner Maryann Deleo. A former business reporter for CNBC, Vibha has studied Journalism and Broadcasting from Boston University and New York University. Vibha’s films have been aired on HBO and Lifetime TV in the United States. Her latest film, Daughters Of Mother India, is this year’s winner of the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues, awarded by President of India.

On: March 3, 6 pm to 8 pm
At: NGMA, Fort
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