Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), currently in its 25th year, is organising a two-day film-festival, Samabhav, on gender, masculinity, sexuality and relationship matters, that will travel to eight Indian cities and four districts of Maharashtra.
This year, the festival aims to sensitise students not only from Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Thrissur but also from districts like Dhule, Jalgaon, Sangli and Kolhapur in Maharashtra.
The fest will start in the first week of October 2017 and go on until February 2018. It would feature
around 18 national and international short films, documentaries and feature films.
These films would cover a wide range of issues – from various forms of gender-based
discrimination / violence against women to homophobia and transphobia to challenging the male
gender stereotypes and dominant model of masculinity.
Films on the intersection of gender-caste-class would also be covered. Animated discussions over the screening would be a key part of the two-day program in every city and district. These discussions would be facilitated by experienced professionals — from academicians to gender rights activists to film-makers and journalists.
Harish Sadani, Director at MAVA and organiser of the festival says, “The aim is to highlight various
forms of gendered discrimination on women and its impact in the light of patriarchal forces, it also covers the impact of patriarchy and violence on boys and men and also how the society looks at the other
genders beyond the binaries of male and female. Through film-screenings and facilitated conversations, the fest will provide fresh insights and understanding of the issues amongst the youth.”
The festival is being organised through generous support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives and other supporting partners.
Samabhav has been designed after consulting women professionals and gender rights activists, with whom Men Against Violence and Abuse has been working closely over the past many years. For more updates about the travelling festival, keep visiting this blog or like us on Facebook.
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