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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Female Film Festival at Trivandrum


A woman has a greater role to play rather than simply adding charm on the celluloid. This is what the female film festival has to convey in the three days at the capital. Started on Feb. 25 festival comes to an end on Feb. 28.

When film, a media that can lead to many revolutions in this century it finds a misleading behavior of portraying man as the hero and his story, giving less importance to women. The female film festival in contrast with other film festivals has taken the effort to bring ‘her’ stories rather than ‘his’ stories which doesn’t find an end.

Its with such revolutionary thoughts that the Sthree Padanakendram- Vanitha Sahithi, the cultural affairs department, Kerala state Chalachitra Academy, and Federation of Film Socities Of india kerala came forward to organize the female film festival.
In the world films category, the main attraction is without doubt from the Iranian Director Jafar Panahi, “CIRCLE”. Jafar who was put in jail for 6 year for criticizing the Iranian constitution has been denied the freedom of speech and creativity of a film maker. His films always dreamt about the depth of human freedom. “Circle” is about a group of women in jail and their personal experiences. Even though the film criticizes the male doministic Iran. Director argues that his film does not belong to the fundamental feministic category, rather his films are a call for humanity and freedom. All characters in ‘circle’ are women.

‘The fifth reaction’ of Tahmineh Milani, ‘The day I became a women’ of marzieh meshkini , “About Elly” of Asghar Farhadi are other major attraction in the Iranian films.

In Indian fims of course the centre of attraction are Sathyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Aparna Sen and Ketan Mehta which every film students must see. Ray’s Charulatha portrays a married lady in Bengal leading a lonely and blant life. Mirch Masala of Ketan Mehta is a film which stands out ever in Indian film history.
The documentaries and short films from Kerala women directors is of pride for the festival. “Panthibojanam” by Sreebala.K.Menon, “kelkunnundo” by Geethu Mohandas, “charulathayude baki” by Sangeetha padmanaban are all a hit in the festival. Every films portrays women and her various colours in terms of power,freedom, creativity,sacrifice.

This is a centuary where the participation of women in films is on a gradual increase. The film festival dedicated to all women is a must watch.
Venue: Kalabavan theatre, Vazhtacaud

Films in the festival:
* FF - Feature Film.* MV - Music Video.* DOC - Documentary.* SF - Short Fiction.

25th Feb 2011
10.30 am to 11.30 am
* Earth Song / MV / Dir: Michael Jackson / 7 mnts.
* Hastham / SF / Dir: Preethi Panikar / 17 mnts.
* The Prey / SF / Dir: Aneesh Narath / 10 mnts.
* Indoor / SF / Dir: K J Siju / 10 mnts.
* Silence / SF / Dir:Remya / 15 mnts.
11.45 am
* Well / SF / 14mnts.
* Shirin / FF / Dir: Abbas Kiarostami / 92 mnts.
2.15 pm
* Smile / SF / Dir: Rohini / 2 mnts.
* Kelkkunnundo / SF / Dir: Geethu Mohandas / 20 mnts.
* Theruvil Ottapedunna Streetwam / Doc / Dir: Neelan / 30 mnts.
* The Day I Become A Women / FF / Dir: Marzieh Meshkini / 78 mnts / Iran.
6.30 pm
INAUGURATION FILM - Bhoomi Malayalam / FF / Dir: T V Chandran / 120 mnts.

26th Feb 2011
9 am
* America America / MV / Dir: KP Sasi / 5 mnts.
* Mr. & Mrs. Iyer / FF / Dir: Aparna Sen / 120 mnts.
11.30 am
* AFSPA 1958 / Doc / Dir: Haobom Pabankumar / 52 mnts / Manipuri.
* Divorce in Iranian Style / MV / Dir: Kim Longinotto / 80 mnts.
2.30 pm
* Panthibhojanam / SF / Dir: Sreebala K Menon / 28 mnts.
* Ottayal / Doc / Dir: Shiny Jacob Benjamin / 70 mnts.
* An Unusual Day / SF / Dir: Nithuna Nevil Dinesh / 9 mnts.
* Oduvil / D / Dir: Sreedevi Aravind / 50 mnts.
5 pm
OPEN FORUM
6.15 pm
* Olga / FF / Dir: Jayme Monjardim / 141 mnts.

27th Feb 2011
9 am
* Mirch Masala / FF / Dir: Ketan Mehta / 128 mnts.
11.30 am
* Twelth Hour Song / MV / Dir: Resmi Satheesh / 7 mnts.
* About Elly / FF / Dir: Asghar Farhadi / 119 mnts.
2.30 pm
* Charulathayude Bakki / SF / Dir: Sangeetha / 25 mnts.
* Sancharam / FF / Dir: Liji Pullapally / 95 mnts.
5 pm

OPEN FORUM
6.15 pm
* Pranayathil Oruval Vazhthappedum Vidham / SF / Dir: Manilal / 20 mnts.
* Circle / FF / Dir: Jafar Panahi / 129 mnts.

28th Feb 2011
9 am
* Charulatha / FF / Dir: Sathyajit Ray / 125 mnts.
11.30 am
* Jalam Kondu Murivettaval / Doc / Dir: R S Vimal / 30 mnts.
* Fifth Reaction / FF / Dir: Tahmineh Milani / 105 mnts.
2.30 pm
* Nine Months / FF / Dir: Charis Columbus / 103 mnts.
5 pm

OPEN FORUM
6.15 pm
* Mekha Thaka Thara / FF / Dir: Ritwik Ghatak.
Time : 10:00 am

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