Asian Women’s Film Festival

Vimochana, Bangalore Film Society and International Association for Women in Radio and Television have this two-day women’s film festival on at Alliance De Fran├žaise, on Millers’ bunk Road.

“Re-imaging the world-Re-imagining Women”, being the theme of this film festival. I was disappointed with the quality of films shown, the level of discussion that was raised, and the poor arrangements. I watched 4 of the films scheduled for the day, and found not one of them appealing. They weren’t extraordinary in any sense. And they had hardly anything to do with the theme of the fest.

First mistake they made was starting late, from the scheduled 10:30, which resulted in a drastic change in the timings for each of the films. And much to the ire of many film-watchers who came in expecting a particular film only to know it was already screened or going to be screened later.

I had to endure the ordeal of sitting for a half an hour illogical and pseudo-intellectual discussion by some film-makers who found the editing of a film fascinating! From the discussion I could figure that the films I missed weren’t extraordinary either.

I think they need to grow out of this notion that films by any woman director/film-maker are good. That was precisely the problem with the first day of this festival. They had variety but of meagre quality.

All said, the films that they have lined up for tomorrow are pretty interesting; having already watched a few of them before. So I would suggest anyone interested, and anyone who has a free-Sunday to come for the screenings tomorrow.

Screening starts at 10 and goes on till 8:30 as per the “can change anytime” timetable.

Schedules’ available here:

1 Comment so far

  1. laura (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    I also went to the film fest. Although I enjoyed about half of the films, I was considerably more disappointed in the inexplicably low audience turn-out than the content of the films. Surprising to me, the majority of the audience was older men. This leads me to believe that the younger (apathetic?) generation, and even young women for that matter, were simply not interested in attending what could have been a simulating and informative discussion on the evolving identity and “place” of women in contemporary indian society. Truly disappointing, Bangalore.

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