About MAVA and Travelling Film Festival

Gender-based discrimination and violence especially against women, homosexuals and transgenders is a critical human rights issue in India. There is a dearth of safe platforms for young men and women to comfortably talk and deliberate on root causes of issues related gender-based discrimination and violence. Although recent judgements and decisions by the judiciary and legislature are having an impact on the rights of sexual minorities, deliberation by the wider civil society on these issues is not taking place at the same pace.

Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) has pioneered efforts in India to engage Boys and Men to address issues of gender inequality and discrimination by interrogating the existing dominant model of Masculinity, and help stop prevent gender-based violence against women. For the past 24 years, MAVA has been engaging young men in schools, colleges and communities in healthy conversations around sexual health and gender-sensitive behaviour through leadership–driven training and using out-of-the box methods including interactive workshops, annual magazine, street- theatre and film-festivals.

We are delighted that MAVA, currently in its 25th year, is organizing a 2-day Film-Festival on Gender, Masculinity, Sexuality and Relationship Matters, that will travel to 8 Indian cities - Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Thrissur and 4 district places of Maharashtra State, where the organization has a presence. These are Dhule, Jalgaon, Sangli and Kolhapur.

The target group of the travelling film festival is young men and women studying in Colleges / Universities that run under-graduate and Professional Courses in Arts / Commerce / Science / Management / Technology streams and also for members of civil society including those working on human rights and gender.

The 2–day travelling film festival would engage youths through healthy conversations with experts on contemporary gender issues and Inter-sectionality related to all 3 genders (Men, Women and Transgenders), and advocate for a healthy, pluralistic, gender- just society. The overall goal is to increase youth awareness of gender-based discrimination and violence through film screenings and facilitated discussions in 8 cities of India. The fest aims to develop a gender-just perspective among the youths and help them reflect their biases, prejudices and regressive attitudes towards any gender. It would provide a safe, non-threatening platform to ventilate differences and celebrate diversity in Gender.

The fest, that would be held in 12 locations during October 2017 to February 2018, would feature around 18 national and international short films, documentaries and feature films on gender. These films would cover a wide range of gender matters – 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. All the films, to be screened, would be subtitled in English.

Animated discussions over screening of bunch of films would be a key part of the 2-day program. These discussions would be facilitated by experienced professionals -- from academicians to gender rights activists to film-makers and journalists.

Through social media like Facebook, web-blog, e-group, participating youths at all the venues will be further connected by Festival team reaching out to more young men and women.

Harish Sadani
Founder & Director, Sama-bhav Film Festival

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Empowering Women through Humanization of Men

Inside every man, there are two men. One man wants to play the role assigned by the society. The other wants to rebel. One man listens to the voice of the system. The other wants to listen to the voice of his heart. One man holds backs his tears. The other wants to cry. One man wants to live behind his masks. The other wants to tear them away. One man wants to dominate the woman. The other wants to befriend her.

The journey of MAVA is to get more and more men come in touch with their ‘other’ man. It is only when men break the moulds of society and express rather than suppress their emotions, they can become less violent towards women.