What is it?

Every year around International Women’s Day, the Indian chapter of the IAWRT {International Association of Women in Radio & Television} organises an Asian Women’s Film Festival. This year’s fare includes films from Bangladesh, Iran, Israel, Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and Vietnam.

Many of the screenings are followed by discussions with the director or producer of the film.

Who is it for?

This one is for everybody. We can’t see a legit reason for you to miss this festival, which relies on international feminist solidarity and showcases animation, documentary, experimental, short fiction and fiction features by women directors of Asian origin.

Why should I go for it?

Many of these rare movies tell the stories that media reports can’t {or don’t}. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch them and listen to the elusive filmmakers in person.

This year they also have a simultaneous film festival, Voices From Palestine, featuring rare films from Palestine in the Kamaladevi Complex at IIC on March 4. And a seminar Documenting Women’s Movement on Film on March 5 {also at IIC}.

Anything else?

As part of their endeavour to showcase meaningful feminist art, there is an exhibition of paintings by Dr Iris Odyuo called Healings in the Art Gallery of the IIC Annexe. It promises to restore your faith in the goodness of humanity, so don’t miss this.


Our favourite is the increasingly popular audio component called Soundphiles-A Celebration of Listening {March 4}, which challenges you to quietly listen to various sound clips.

When: March 3 – 5

Where: India International Centre, Main Auditorium

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium 

Timings: The screenings are scheduled for different times every day. Check the entire schedule here.

Contact: Write to iawrtindiafestival@gmail.com

Check out their website here. And the Facebook event here.

Featured image courtesy: Manju Borah/Song Of The Horned Owl

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