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Made By Women

Throughout the history and discourse of cinema, women film makers have been granted very little space in what has been (and still continues to be) a traditionally male dominated arena.  Made By Women presents films from countries around the world, and the filmmakers range from experimenting artists to accomplished students. The women focus their lens on many different realities: life in a barber shop, father-son relationships, the world of underground musicians, love between two women, art history and the unconscious. More than being ‘women filmmakers’ (whatever that term may mean), they are filmmakers: exploring their own, unique visions and voices through the medium of cinema.


World Social Forum

Prima Donna, a Malaysian transgender dance troupe, oozing panache and style; Habib Tanvir’s Ponga Pandit, dismantling the caste system, untouchability, superstition and priest craft; Sabitri Hesinam, drawing her audiences into a world of awesome and fiery language. Established by the cultural committee of the The World Social Forumthe Brecht Stage brings together groups and individuals as diverse as these in an attempt to position culture itself as a political  intervention – through subversive drama and uncompromisingly free art, these expressions of culture refuse to be defined as the foot soldiers of politics.

Waking The American Dream

‘I want people to know that the U.S. is in a crisis of conscience and that many generations will suffer…Americans are humans like everyone else. They empathise with people's suffering. But you should see the things that are being put out by the media’ (Sarah Jones). Waking The American Dream is a one-woman performance that powerfully explores the complexities of identity and freedom in the lives of immigrants in the United States. Sarah Jones voices the unheard stories of those who are often not granted acceptance or representation within the exclusionary paradigms of the great American Dream. Waking The American Dream was brought to India in collaboration with CREA and Tarshi.

The Beauty Challenge

More often than not, advertisements today present a singular version of beauty, which neither represents nor is achievable for the majority of women. The Beauty Challenge  is a creative educational curriculum that engages young adults in a critical examination of beauty images of women. As contestants thrash out contentious issues with each other – Are beauty contests empowering? Does dressing sexy invite trouble? Would you gain 20 kilos for 20 lakhs? - The Beauty Challenge allows for both learning and participation through informal educational events.

Women Can't Wait

Praveen from India, Tomoko from Japan, Hala from Jordan, Alma from Uruguay, Bonita from the United States, Shira from Israel and Anna from Kenya. Drawing life, soul, hurt and anguish from the paper and ink of laws that discriminate against women worldwide, Sarah JonesWomen Can’t Wait is a one-woman theatrical performance representing 8 women from across the globe whose daily lives are affected by these laws. Using only one prop – a diaphanous shawl – Sarah steps into the lives to voice the narratives of these women. Women Can’t Wait was brought to Indian audiences by Point of View and CREA.

Colour Your Dreams

Colour Your Dreams is a creative public service advertising campaign, designed to break gender stereotypes and create role models for young women. It was broadcast on the Star TV network and printed in 26 newspapers to coincide with 8 March 2000 – International Women’s Day. Colour Your Dreams was uniquely funded by a group of non-profits including Breakthrough, CEDPA, CREA, DFID India, IFSHA, NAZ Foundation (India) Trust, Point of View, Population Council, and Tarshi.

In Black and White

This 1997 photographic exhibit and book both explore one key question: What has 50 years of India’s independence really meant for women? Visually representing the diverse realities of what it means to be an Indian woman, In Black and White touches upon a range of issues that are still as relevant to women’s lives as they were then: reproduction, political participation, work, violence, displacement, gender identity, body politics. Photographers include Achinto, Dayanita Singh, Gauri Gill, Raghu Rai, Sebastiao Salgado, Sheba Chhachhi, Sonia Jabbar, Zana Briski.


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