Global Film Festival on Masculinities
The India chapter of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) curated and organised the Men and Boys for Gender Justice film festival as part of the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium 2014. Following a call for submissions for the film festival, 162 entries were received. Individuals, NGOs, students and others participated in the festival with relevant works. A rigorous process of evaluation took place over several months to select films/videos that reflect and explore the key themes of the Symposium, which would be useful in initiating discussions around masculinities: how these masculinities interact with gender, culture and society; and how they reinforce – or sometimes challenge! – patriarchy or other hierarchies.
The 71 selected films from 23 countries present a diverse range of film and video practices exploring issues of masculinities and gender. They include long and short documentaries, short fiction and features, community videos, animation, music videos etc. There is no restriction in terms of genre or duration, however the films/videos fit into one or more of the seven tracks of the Symposium. Works from countries as diverse as Nicaragua, Israel, Malawi, Nepal, Japan, Denmark, Afghanistan and India find representation in the film festival, unlocking the imagination and providing fodder for thought.
Curated as a traveling package, many of the films have been made available for individual screenings in various locations. Just before the Symposium, a festival was hosted at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi in collaboration with its School of Arts and Aesthetics from 6th-9th of November 2014. The screenings were open to the general public and attended by students and faculty as well as others from outside the university.
The festival also hosted screenings from 11-13th November 2014 at Magnolia Hall at the India Habitat center as part of the Global Symposium on Men and Masculinities. This was exclusively for the symposium delegates and ran parallel to the other sessions and discussions at the Symposium. 21 delegates and filmmakers attended the festival and were part of the screenings. The festival was host to deliberations and interactions between invited panelists and the audience. It enabled a wide range of audiences to connect with and discuss masculinities and its connection with gender, patriarchy and violence.
Post-Symposium, the festival travelled to Sri Lanka and will continue to screen in locations within India and outside.
Find here the Film Festival Catalogue, and a report from IAWRT on the Film Festival screenings.
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