Samabhav Film Fest

MAVA, in collaboration with Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga had organized a 2-day Inter-Collegiate Film Festival called ‘Sama-bhav’ on 13-14 February, 2014.

Around 11 feature, short and documentary films on the theme of ‘Gender, Masculinity and Relationships’ were screened at the Ruia College Auditorium, with festival inaugurated by noted film actress Sonali Kulkarni. The festival included films from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

There was a package of 3 groups of films that were screened at the fest: One group of films (Dhag – in Marathi by Shivaji Lotan Patil, Hasina – in Kannada by Girish Kasarvalli, Asabhya Betiyan by Nakul Singh Sawhney, Saving Face (Pakistan) by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy) and Osama (Afghanistan) by Siddiq Barmak were on the Intersection of Caste-Class-Religion–Gender and Violence against Women. The second group of films, on Re-examining Masculinity, included ‘Till We Meet Again’ by Rahul Roy, ‘Boys Cannot Be Boys’ by Continuing Education & Training Centre and ‘Thanks’ – in Marathi by Devendra Balsaraf. The third group of films, on the lives of homosexual and transgender individuals, featured Bioscope by Nirantar, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Ebang Bewarish (Bengali) by Debalina.

The 3 groups of films had one common theme : Patriarchy, which sanctions and reinforces gender norms and expectations to adhere to the norms.

Open to College Students, Faculty and representatives of voluntary organizations, the festival was a huge success thanks to participation by students from over 20 colleges.