Reel heroes

Spend this weekend celebrating Women’s Day by watching eight movies revolving around women. Organised by the Aashay Club, NFAI and the Aayam group (a group of Pune-based female journalists), the fourth edition of the Women’s Film Festival will feature a host of activities.

A still from Firaaq

Satish Jakatdar, founder of Aashay Film Club, said that the selection process was a tough job. The event also features the Aayam Woman Journalist Award which is given to a film critic or a female journalist. This year, Deepa Gehlot and Dr Shyamala Vanarase will be awarded the same.

“Aayam intends to discuss issues related to women and bring them to the fore through various means. The visual media is very effective in reaching out to people, thus, the idea of hosting the film festival, was implemented’’ says Manaswini Prabhune, coordinator of Aayam.

A still from Gangoobai

Films such as Firaaq, Gangoobai, English Vinglish and the documentary Bhramawadinee will be screened during the festival. These films showcase strong women and their influence in society.

A still from Gulabi Gang

The theme for this edition of the film festival is women’s empowerment and hence the selection of movies highlights the power and authority of women. The movies that will be screened will be a mix of regional and international movies.

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