[AI] Different themes win at film fest on disability

pradeep banakar pradeepsocialwork at gmail.com
Tue May 4 10:41:16 EDT 2010


Thaindian News


New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Encouraging braille music, not giving up
despite losing both limbs, a cerebral palsy patient eager to live life
- films dealing
with such subjects were the prize winners at the Seventh International
We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues 2010 here Monday.
“Films can be a powerful tool to sensitise general public… these films
do away with the confusion and prejudices in the mind. With these
films and this
fest we are also giving a message to the kids who are our next
generation,” said Satish Kapoor, the festival director.

“Disability films are made by only those who understand it and want to
do it… it is not about disability, it is about ignorance of ability,”
he added.

The fest supports four categories - one minute, five minutes, 30
minutes and 60 minutes.

Films like “Inclusive Education”, “Feel The Music” about encouraging
braille music and “Ruk Jana Nahin” about differently abled
psychologist Ram Tirath
Aggarwal, won in the One minute section.

While films like “Waiting For You” about a cerebral palsy patient in
Manipur, “Saksham Lok” and “Virtue” took the honours in the Five
minute section.

In the 30 and 60 minute sections, foreign films took away the honours.

While Israeli film “Where To” about hearing impaired women in an
Israel village and “Beyond Borders” about differently abled
individuals from Belgium won
in the former section.

These were followed by “More than Walking” from the US.

“White Balance” another film from Israel, about a person coming to
terms with his hearing disability, won in the 60 minute section.

A Special Jury Award went to the film “Tees” by Pankhuri Wadhwa, Akash
Jain and Abhiraj Singh Shatawat for the manner in which it depicts how
an attitude
of perceived pity can lead to virtual mental disability.

A special mention of the film “Delicate Patterns” by Reji Syne for
imparting crucial knowledge on cerebral palsy and related mental
disorders was also made.

The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Indian Spinal Injuries
Center here. The certification was handed over by Mukul Wasnik,
Minister for Social
Justice and Empowerment with Minister of State D. Napoleon who also
sang at the event.

The festival with 32 films travelled to 18 institutions in India with
Delhi being the eighth venue. The winning films were chosen through a
Participatory
Rating Process by students at these institutions.

It was co-organised by an NGO, Brotherhood, United Nations Information
Centre (UNIC), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization
(UNESCO), the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the
National Trust, the Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT),
Sparsh and Mother’s
Pride.




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