IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival: News

Article Hindi

Used to wonder if the Quran is really gender biased, says Farha Khatun on the quest that led to Holy Rights

The film follows Safia Akhtar from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh who joins a programme that trains women as qazis. 

15 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

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I wanted to humanize people, says Mehvish Altaf Rather on her documentary about traditional Kashmiri bakeries

Kandurwan - Baking History is an attempt to portray the inhabitants of the valley in their normal everday life and not just as people in a state of turmoil.

24 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Trying to explore a poetic sense of being, says filmmaker Shashank Walia on his films  

The filmmaker talks about how both, Somewhere Nowhere and In the Month of Love, explore the interaction between people and spaces in their own way.  He also shares his experience of being at the Rotterdam Film Festival earlier this year.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article English (India)

We need to have these solidarities, says documentary filmmaker Nupur Basu, on women-only film festivals

Basu, who is also the managing trustee of IAWRT's India chapter, talks about the significance of organising a women-only film festival and the need to safeguard such niche spaces.

2 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Wanted to deal with the idea of cultural difference in the context of a relationship: Rhea Mathews

Filmmaker Rhea Mathews talks about the interaction between gender and tradition that she wanted to explore in her graduating film, Stains.

2 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

You have to figure out your own ethical and moral universe, says documentary filmmaker Priya Sen

At the just-concluded IAWRT film festival, the filmmaker discussed the process of making Yeh Freedom Life, its form and aesthetics.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Kashmiri

They are not pictures, but emotions, says Masrat Zahra on the images that capture the lives of Kashmiris

Masrat Zahra and fellow photojournalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo's pictures, which were exhibited at the just-concluded IAWRT Film Festival, document the lives of the people of the erstwhile state after the withdrawal of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Arabic Bangladeshi 1 more

16th edition of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival comes to Delhi  

Issues of citizenship, identity and migration are some of the common concerns addressed by the films being screened.

3 months ago — Our Correspondent

Article Hindi

Sound takes over images at IAWRT's 15th Asian Women’s Film Festival

In its special curatorial segment started in 2014, AWFF’s Soundphiles focusses on sound technologies and the ‘affect’ of sound.

about 1 year ago — Prateek Rawat

Review Ladakhi

Chuskit review: Touching tale of a girl’s triumph over disability and attitudes

The film is a low-key look into the community’s life without stereotyping or exoticization, a skill that director Priya Ramasubban perhaps brings from her documentary filmmaking career to fiction.

about 1 year ago — Prateek Rawat

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AWFF 2019: Collaborative documentary Displacement and Resilience explores conflict, migration and exile

The documentary, produced by IAWRT, on the global refugee crisis and the condition of women and young girls generated concerns and conversations at the 15th edition of the festival.

about 1 year ago — Prateek Rawat

Article Hindi

We need to break the male genius cult: Anandana Kapur at AWFF 2019

IAWRT-India discussed its 2019 festival’s theme, The Female Gaze, and the many ways in which this can break barriers and push inclusivity.

about 1 year ago — Prateek Rawat

Article Hindi Manipuri

AWFF 2019: Sisterhood on display through documentaries Daughters of the Polo God, Roshan and Mani

The two Indian documentaries attempt to understand the character of sisterhood in society and the female bonds that inspire all.

about 1 year ago — Prateek Rawat

Article German

IAWRT opens Asian Women’s Film Festival 2019 with Georgian documentary Before Father Gets Back

The film focusses on Imam and Eva, two young Muslim girls growing up in the rising shadow of Islamic radicalism in the Pankisi valley of Georgia.

about 1 year ago — Prateek Rawat

Article Hindi

Bioscopewalli: Innovative pre-cinema experience at the IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

A live installation takes audiences to a pre-cinema experience while encouraging them to engage with contemporary gender issues and ways of seeing.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Nepal

I think Manushi is meant to do great things: Filmmaker Surbhi Dewan on Daughter of Nepal 

Dewan's film Daughter of Nepal tracks the journey of Manushi as she embraces the path that she was meant to take in serving her homeland.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

#MeToo in film and media tackled in a roundtable at IAWRT's Asian Women’s Film Festival

IAWRT India Chapter discussed the impact and the future of the #MeToo movement and the possibility of collective healing from the pain of harassment.

about 1 year ago — Our Correspondent

Article Hindi

15th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival to be organised in New Delhi from 5-7 March

The three-day festival will showcase over 50 films from 20 countries directed by Asian women filmmakers.

about 1 year ago — Our Correspondent


Aabar Jadi Iccha Karo review: Rewriting the present, reclaiming the future in this queer story

The 14th Asian Women’s Film Festival concluded with filmmaker Debalina Majumder‘s poignant Aabar Jadi Iccha Karo which asserts its fictitiousness as it sets out to imagine the possible future of two queer suicide victims.

over 2 years ago — Prateek Rawat

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Fowzia Fathima, Shalini Agarwal conduct workshop on practicals of handling camera, sound recording

The camera and sound workshop began on 4 March with an orientation on aesthetics and techniques of cinematography and sound design by Fathima and Agarwal.

over 2 years ago — Prateek Rawat