Published on February 12th, 2014


Film fest: On gender issues and masculinity

Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) and Ramnarain Ruia College are organising a two day film fest, starting from tomorrow.
by The Editors | editor@themetrognome.in

It is an issue that is currently defining how society looks at women – gender issues have never been as significant as they are today. Seeing them through the prism of masculinity adds another dimension to their scope.

Film fest Final jpgKeeping this in mind, the city-based Men Against Violence & Abuse (MAVA), in collaboration with Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, has organised a two-day inter-collegiate film festival titled ‘Sama-bhav’. The festival starts today, February 13, 2014 and ends tomorrow.

“Around 11 feature, short and documentary films on the theme of ‘Gender, Masculinity and Relationships’ will be screened on both the days at the Ruia College Auditorium,” informs Harish Sadani of MAVA. The festival will be inaugurated by noted film actress Sonali Kulkarni, eminent social thinker Pushpa Bhave and gay rights activist Pallav Patankar.

What to expect at the Fest:

There will be a package of three groups of films that would be screened at the fest.

Group one: Intersection of caste-class-religion-gender and violence against women.

Dhag – in Marathi, by Shivaji Lotan Patil (in picture above)

Hasina – in Kannada, by Girish Kasarvalli

Asabhya Betiyan – in Hindi, by Nakul Singh Sawhney

Saving Face – from Pakistan, by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Osama – from Afghanistan, by Siddiq Barmak.


Group Two: Re-examining Masculinity

Till We Meet Again, by Rahul Roy

Boys Cannot Be Boys, by Continuing Education & Training Centre

Thanks – in Marathi, by Devendra Balsaraf.


Group Three: Lives of homosexual and transgenders

Bioscope, by Nirantar,

Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret, by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Ebang Bewarish – in Bengali, by Debalina.


Head to Ramnarain Ruia Auditorium, Ruia College. The festival will be held from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. There is no entry fee, but registration is mandatory. Interested college students, faculty, representatives of voluntary organisations and health professionals must register their names via email at saharsh267@gmail.com or call Manas Barve on 99697 65666.

(Pictures courtesy archives.deccanchronicle.com and Harish Sadani)

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