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American Center organises film fest to fight gender-based violence

American Center organises film fest to fight gender-based violence

Kolkata, Sep 29 (UNI) The "One Story at a time" film festival marks the grand finale of the digital storytelling workshop hosted by the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata in association with California based non-profit Story Center and Kolkata based non-profit Banglanatakdotcom.

The workshop is aimed at creating greater awareness for fighting gender-based violence

and address gender discrimination with an engaged group of youth leaders from East,

Northeast India and Bangladesh.

U.S. Consul General Patti Hoffman handed out awards to the winners and said, "Today's film festival is a great example of how Indians and Americans can work together to inform and improve our world. In fact, this festival shows how people we can play a tangible role in the U.S.-India partnership."

Through a series of webinars and the digital storytelling workshop, the participating youth

leaders got opportunities to reflect on stories from their own lives, learn effective skills for

storytelling and gain exposure and experience to media-making practices. 24 youth leaders from India and Bangladesh created two-minute short films in four languages that promote awareness of gender-based violence.

The "One Story at a time" recognizes that the stories of the youth leaders about the impact of gender norms, gender bias and gender-based violence on their lives, must play a key role in ending violence.

Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented in partnership with the non-governmental organization banglanatakdotcom, the participants go training from U.S. resource person Amy Hill from the StoryCenter NGO based in California.

The screening was divided into two segments. At the beginning, 24 stories in first-person narratives created during the workshop were screened, and then eight collaborative films were screened. The film screening at the American Center was followed by a similar screening at the American Center in Dhaka.

A panel of judges including eminent personalities like Vinay Pathak, actor, Sudeshna Roy, film maker and member, West Bengal Commission for Protecting Child Rights, Churni Ganguly, actor and film-maker Anindita Sarbadicari, film-maker watched the short films at the Film Festival, selected and awarded four best films.

The films are 2nd Runner up jointly "Reaching for dreams" by Ibtesham Sreen, Ranchi and "Daughter – Human or property" by Vinotoli Chisi, Dimapur. 1st Runner-up also jointly "My Name, His identity" by Tasnia Khandekar, Dhaka and "Ulfa (Vault)" by Santu Guchait, Kolkata. "Eggs" by Sanjukta Sarkar, Kolkata adjudged as best film and "Pink and Blue: Is it a rule?" by Palak Chokhani-Rahool Goswami-Santu Guchait adjudged as best zonal film.


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