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A special tribute to Indian women in cinema


Mumbai : A two-month festival here pays tribute to the Indian women in cinema with film screenings, red carpet premieres, retrospectives, exhibitions and discussions.

Osianama’s Womanhood – The Battle to be Thyself, an international film, arts and cultural festival that began on January 23 and is on till March 27 will screen over 200 films.

The festival highlights various stages of a woman’s life: childhood, coming of age, mirror mirror…, glorious beauty, life suspended, marriage and motherhood, pursuit of a deeper individuality and its powers, and seeking a spirituality among others.

Iconic films by leading directors like Vera Chytilova, Aparna Sen, Sai Paranjpye, María Luisa Bemberg, Rachel Tsangari, Lynne Ramsay, Haifaa al-Mansour and Safi Faye among others will be screened.

There will also be retrospectives: Ingmar Bergman and Shabana Azmi, the 13th Osiana’s Cinefan Festival of Asian, Arab and African Cinema (Part One: February 19-28), which includes the Competition Section; Section on Contemporary African Cinema; plus a Focus on the Iranian Women’s Movement and Female Filmmakers – Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Marzieh, Samira and Hana Makhmalbaf, Shirin Neshat, Mania Akbaari, Tahmineh Milani, Manijeh Hekmat, Sepideh Farsi and others; Focus on the Cinema of Trinh T Minh-ha and Japanese Classics.

A Life Time Achievement Award will be given to to Aruna Vasudev.

Besides, there will be a focus on the Cinema of Chantal Akerman, Deepa Mehta, Signe Baumann and Meena Kumari, followed by the  Focus on the Cinematic Inspiration of Proust’s Madame Bovary and Female Innovation in the World of Rock and Pop from Madonna to Rihanna; Kate Bush to Amy.

The festival will also bring to the silver screen, eight generations of post-Independence Indian actresses, ranging from Kamini Kaushal, Waheeda Rehman, Jaya Bhaduri, Saira Banu, Helen, Zeenat Aman, Dimple Kapadia to Kangana Ranaut, among others.

There will be exhibitions galore. There is the Cinematic Heritage Exhibition: The History of Women in Hindi Cinema, 1914 to Present Day from the Osian’s Film Archive & Library Collection (January 23 to March 27) and the Fine Arts Exhibition: Womanhood through the Eyes of Indian Modern & Contemporary Art (February 27 to March 27) as well.

The Ingmar Bergman retrospective will include films like  “The Virgin Spring” (1960), “Persona” (1966), “Through a Glass Darkly” (1961), “The Silence” (1963), “Cries & Whispers” (1972) and “Hour of the Wolf” (1968).

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