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Women have often been the victim,both in times of conflict and peace. In its ninth edition,the Open Frame film festival will unspool stories of women from across the world.

Women have often been the victim,both in times of conflict and peace. In its ninth edition,the Open Frame film festival will unspool stories of women from across the world. “Recently,there have been several reports about violence against women. We felt strongly about the issue and decided to bring attention to it through the festival,” says Rajiv Mehrotra,managing trustee of Public Service Broadcasting Trust,organisers of the festival.

Mehrotra and his team have spent the past six months shortlisting 53 films from over 300. The festival kickstarts with The Women’s Kingdom about Mosuo women from Southwest China who represent one of the last matriarchal societies in the world. Other films deal with abuse across time zones. Shot in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo,The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo has rape victims recalling their stories of struggle and horror. In Behind Forgotten Eyes,filmmaker Anthony Gilmore interviews sex slaves of the Japanese imperial army during the Second World War.

There are tales of hope,too. Iron Ladies of Liberia chronicles the life of Liberia’s first women president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,while Peace X Peace: Women on the Frontlines shows women from around the world who are building foundations of peace. Representing the domestic circuit will be Passengers,that has directors Akanksha Joshi and Nooh Nizami film two families who were in Sabarmati Express when the train was set on fire in February 2002. Hem Jyotika and Devi Prasad Mishra’s The Female Nude is about a Delhi-based model who has been posing nude for artists for over 14 years but has never been invited for exhibitions. “She makes the artwork possible but is most marginalised. The film represents her as a metaphor of banished womanhood,” says Mishra.

The festival will also include discussions with filmmakers and workshops for which the entry charge is Rs 250. “The aim is to move beyond passive viewing and engage the audience,” says Mehrotra.

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First published on: 10-09-2009 at 02:24:12 am
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