Illuminating Lives @YWCA of Delhi

Date: 19th- 20th October, 2012
Time: 10:00 am- 5:30 pm
Venue: Auditorium, YWCA of Delhi, Ashoka Road, New Delhi
Landmark: Near Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

On the occasion of the Centenary celebrations of YWCA of Delhi, a two day festival of films, exhibition, performances and stalls has been curated by the Kriti team. We invite you to come with family, friends and colleagues for an exciting event, with lots to watch, see, eat and shop! There will also be activities and demonstrations to engage children and adults alike. We thank PSBT, PWAG, and K.P. Sasi for their inputs to make this festival a reality.

Programme Schedule

Friday, October 19, 2012
10:00 am: Inauguration
10:15 am - 1:00 pm: Film Screenings and Opening of Women’s Rights Exhibition
Theme 1: Peace and Rights
10:15 am – 11:15 am: REDEFINING PEACE
                                    by K P Sasi| 60 mins| English| 2005
This documentary showcases the history of the 1000 Women for Nobel Peace Prize 2005 initiative and profiles ten peace women from different regions of India, connected to various people’s movements namely Magline Peter from the Fish workers movement, Medha Patkar from Narmada Bachao Andolan, Teesta Setalvad, lawyer-journalist and her struggle against the fascist state and fundamentalist political forces. The documentary features C.K. Janu who is struggling for rights of indigenous people and adivasis, Sharmila Irom, a young woman who is using non-violent mechanism to challenge and demand repeal of draconian laws in North East India. The film highlights the work of four grassroots women - Lataben Sachde, Parmeben Sava, Alkaben Jani, Meghiben Samariya from Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, Gujarat and their struggle for sustainable health, education and livelihoods for masses.

11:15 am – 11:45 am: Conversations and Songs with Kamla Bhasin

11:45 am – 12:15 pm: Opening of the Women’s Rights Exhibition (Peace Women Across the Globe,                            One Billion Rising, and other Posters) and Tea/ Coffee Break

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm: OUR LANES…OUR LIVES (Apni Galiyon Ki Kahani)
                                    by Tarini Manchanda, Aanchal Kapur, Ankur Kapoor| JAGORI-WICI|
                                    21 mins.| Hindi with English subtitles| 2011
This film highlights key issues of women's access to essential services like water, sanitation, electricity, drainage and lack of safety for women and girls living in a mix of public-private spaces in resettlement locations. The film is based on an action research study undertaken by women and young people in partnership with Jagori in Bawana and Action India in Bhalswa, Delhi, using the women's safety audit walks and other tools to highlight gender gaps in design, infrastructure and services. It argues for the need to prioritize women's voice, needs and lived realities in urban governance processes.
(followed by discussion with Community Members - YWCA of Delhi, Jagori and Action India.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:     Lunch/ Shopping/ Networking Break
 2:00 – 2:30 pm: Performance
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Film Screenings and Discussion
by Anupama Srinivasan| PSBT |30 min.| English| 2002
Five single women share their experiences of living on their own in Delhi as they justify their decisions to their families, come to terms with their own loneliness and also discover some things about themselves.
by Geetika Narang Abbasi & Anandana Kapur| PSBT | 52 min.| English| 2012
Born into a society obsessed with marriages, a young girl, a not-so-young man an NRI couple are compared by tradition to look for matches via classifieds, match making, bureaus and websites confronted with innumerable criteria that determine which is acceptable and which isn’t, they question themselves and their choices. As they prospect, the melee of match making industry continues. At every turn, there are service providers who are ready to sue, style and solicit potentials on their behalf. The film is a light hearted chronicle of this predicament that almost every Indian faces.

4:00 – 4:15 pm: Tea/ Coffee/ Shopping/ Networking Break

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: Paint a canvas for Empowerment and Change (audience participation)

Saturday, October 20, 2012
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Film Screenings and Discussion

by Paromita Vohra| 18 mins| English| 2005
This film takes a playful look at the figure of "Sandra from Bandra"- part covetous fantasy of the racy Christian girl from Bombay who works as a secretary, wears a dress and likes to dance, part condescending stereotype of a dowdy, religious girl from a minority community. The film searches for Sandra in bollywood films, in words of writers and poets, on the gravestones in a Bandra churchyard. We encounter various claimants to the title-some who aren't from Bandra and some who arenteven called Sandra. Finally we find 5 women who really are Sandra from Bandra,each as different from other as can be even if they all are little bit same.
by Vani Subramaniam| PSBT |30 min| English
This film examines the current male-female sex ratio problem which was foretold by earlier campaigners against Sex determination and pre-selection. It takes account of the initiatives taken by Govt. to counter this problem besides exploring culture to culture believes about daughters and sons in a family.

11:30 am - 11:45 am: Tea/ Coffee/ Shopping/ Networking Break

11:45 am - 1:30 pm: Film Screenings and Creative interactions
Green Movies from Enchanted Lands
by Nitin Das|20 min.| English |2010-12
by Vani Subramaniam| PSBT |54 min.| English| 2012
It’s a khichdi out there. Rising food prices, colossal wastage of stocks, compromise policies of all food security mixed with conversation on excess, debates on dieting, programs and journalism on cuisines and cooking. And in the midst of it all, not completely insolated nor completely embedded is our own kitchen-the place we discover our’ foods and base where indeed, our taste buds learn to flower to the familiar. But is this precisely where we also cook up what is not ours, slicing the line between edible and inedible, desired and untouchable? These are some of the delightful (and not so delightful questions) that the film stirs up as it talks about food, memory, nostalgia, belonging, family, community, nation, alienation, desire and disgust, politics, prejudice and power. Just some of the many things that food is, and signifies, to all of us.
1:00 - 1:30 pm: Story Telling and Experience sharing on Food

1:30 - 2:15 pm: Lunch/ Shopping/ Networking Break

2:15 – 4:30 pm: Film Screenings and Discussion
by Vijay S. Jodha| 28 mins| English| 2007
In one of the poorest parts of the world, 230,000 people learned to read and write. Over 100,000 women learnt to cycle. Wages jumped up 1000%. It happened in the space of 1 year. It cost Rs.65 (U.S. $ 1.50) per person! This is their story.

by Nidhi Tuli| PSBT| 57 mins| English| 2012
From rather humble beginning in the early 1950s, emerged a child artist with exceptional dancing talent…And then there she was, in each decade of the Hindi film industry that followed, first as a background dancer behind the lights of Madhubala, then as an assistant, teaching, intricate steps  to accomplish dancers like Vyjyanthi mala, as a choreographer who made Madhuri Dixit the phenomenal dancer she is and up until today as the legendary choreographer who next generation stars like Aishwarya Rai and Kareena Kapoor. The film began as a search for the genius behind one of the greatest choreographers that the Hindi film industry has ever produced. What remains is a deeply personal story of determination, passion, extra-ordinary skill and the sheer will to survive that is both intimate and inspiring.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:  Contemporary Dance Performance based on Irom Sharmila’s poetry, by Charu Shankar, a Kriti team and Aquamarine productions (in solidarity on the occasion of 12 years of fasting by Irom against the AFSPA) 
                             Closing ceremony

On the sidelines will be stalls with gifts for Diwali  bags, wallets, accessories, home decor and stationary items, books, films, kurtas, shirts, scarves, shwals, paintings, greeting cards and lots more!



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