Pune: The ninth edition of Women’s Film Festival, jointly organised by National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Aashay Film Club and Aayam Group of Women in Media, will be held in the city from March 9 to 11.
The theme of the festival this year is ‘Travelling Women’.
The festival will be inaugurated on March 9 where the Aayam Group will felicitate travel blogger Ritu Harish Goyal for her evocative writings on the subject of travel. The opening film of the festival is Sidney Pollack’s ‘Out Of Africa’, featuring Meryl Streep.
The festival will also screen Balu Mahendra’s Tamil film ‘Moondram Pirai’, which features Kamal Haasan and Sridevi, in remembrance of the late actress. Moondram Pirai, considered to be one of Sridevi’s best performances, was also remade into
Hindi as ‘Sadma’.
Adhering to the festival’s theme, ‘Travelling Women’, the films that would be featured in the festival include ‘Away We Go’, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and ‘Wild’.
The closing film is ‘Eat Pray Love’, starring Julia Roberts. Before the closing film, Zelam Chaubal of Kesari Tours and Shubhada Joshi of Girikand Travels will share their travelling experiences with the audience.
Entry to the festival is free and open to all. The films will be screened with English subtitles. The detailed schedule of screening is available on the official website of NFAI.
On March 8, NFAI will also host a special event ‘Parikathe til Rajkumari’, and screen audiovisual clips paying tribute to women in Indian cinema, from its birth till the 1960s. The event will feature commentary by film expert Sulabha Ternikar, along with Vandana Kulkarni and Usman Shaikh.