The PSBT movie screenings.
A Short Film About…
By Divya Sachar
A look at how some urban Indian women view their breasts. Affected by other’s perceptions, women mostly find themselves looking at their breasts through a male perspective. Whether in the form of media images of impossible perfection or an adolescent need to gain male approval and attention or just the opposite – to repel male advances – the male gaze is ever present in one form or the other.
By Shweta Gosh
Within stifling dichotomies of normal and abnormal, lie millions of women negotiating with their identities. This Film explores notions of beauty, the ‘ideal body’ and sexuality through four storytellers; four women who happen to be persons with disability.Through the lives of Natasha, Sonali, Kanti and Abha, the Film brings to the fore questions of acceptance, confidence and resistance to the normative. As it turns out, these questions are not too removed from everyday realities of several others, deemed ‘imperfect’ and ‘monstrous’ for not fitting in. Accsex traces the journeys of the storytellers as they reclaim agency and the right to unapologetic confidence, sexual expression and happiness
Blood on My Hands
By Surabhi Saral, Manak Matiyani, Anandana Kapur
The film looks at how a woman’s menstrual cycle is altered from being a marker of her fertility to something that renders her untouchable and hence subject to multiple taboos and regulations. As an individual, a woman or young girl is isolated in her struggle to come to terms with the transformations in her body.
Four Women and a Room
By Ambarein Alqadar
A documentary that explores the complex ways in which women understand and experience motherhood. The key question it raises is that is motherhood always a ‘natural’ precondition towards the fulfillment of a woman’s subjectivity? A package that tends to fix the role of women as ‘producers’ in the given cultural context. The film explores this juncture to etch out individual and diverse desires of women and the ways in which they relate to being mothers or its absence.
It’s a Boy!
By Vani Subramaniam
The film travels to Bombay, Delhi, Benares and Shillong, going back in time to reveal how the current crisis of sex ratios had been foretold by those on the forefront of the campaigns against sex determination and pre-selection. It assesses government initiatives, looks beyond the rhetoric, and uses the lens of culture to explore common beliefs about daughters and sons within the family, men and women in society.
Much Ado about Knotting
By Anandana Kapur, Geetika Narang Abbasi
Born into a society obsessed with marriages, a young girl, a not-so-young man and an NRI couple are compelled by tradition to look for matches via classifieds, matchmaking bureaus and websites. Confronted with innumerable criteria that determine who is acceptable and who isn’t, they question themselves and their choices. As they introspect, the melee of the matchmaking industry continues. At every turn, there are service providers who are ready to snoop, style and solicit potentials on their behalf. The Film is a light-hearted chronicle of this predicament that almost every Indian faces.
My Sacred Glass Bowl
By Priya Thuvassery
The ‘first time’ is often accorded a larger than life proportion on many fronts; especially in the case of a woman’s sexual experience. The Film looks at the concept of virginity as it is perceived by contrasting communities, from the vantage point of the filmmaker, sandwiched between two mothers bringing up their daughters in contemporary times and connected by a young lady caught in the cobwebs.
By Pushpa Rawat, Anupama Srinivasan
The Film is Pushpa’s journey as she tries to make sense of her own life and that of her women friends. Set in a lower middle class colony in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, it explores the lives of women, who are young, educated and bright, but feel bound and helpless when it comes to taking any major decision regarding their lives. Following their lives over three years, the Film documents the changes in their lives and tries to capture the essence of their existence, sometimes through conversations and sometimes by simply observing their seemingly innocuous everyday routines.
On My Own
By Anupama Srivasan
Five single young 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 Merajur Rahman Baruah
A film on the struggle of rural Muslim women, in particular Daud Sherifa Khanam, to fight the sexist rulings of the conventional jamaat (a group of Islamic male elders who decide on issues of marriage, dowry, divorce etc) and patriarchal social order in Tamil Nadu.
To Think Like Women
By Arpita Sinha
The film reflects on the numerous silences that shroud the lives of young, educated, ‘independent’, ‘modern’, single women in urban India . Conversations with four such women reveal the inner conflicts, dissonances and a crisis of identity.
The Fight to Dance
By Anish Patel
An observational documentary following the struggle of Mumbai’s dance bar community to overturn the Maharashtra state government’s ban on dance bars in 2005. The film is a positive tale of female empowerment and ‘informal’ leadership.
Beyond the Veil
By Anusha Nandakumar
Sughra Fatima is a teenager from a large Muslim family staying in the slums of Khidderpore in Kolkata. What sets her apart is that she fought with her family to take up boxing as a sport and excelled at it. Her mother, Rukhsana Begum, led her life like any other of that area. She got married, had children and was satisfied with her life till her husband’s illness proved to be a major setback. In order to support her family she took to singing popular Hindi songs in bars and marriages, secretly. The Film is their story – the story of these two strong women.