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International Film Festival on Peace and Conversation

February 10, 2017

“Beyond Thresholds of Conflict – International Film Festival on Peace”

In a world increasingly beset with conflicts and the use of violence as the means to resolve these conflicts, Gandhian nonviolence continues to renew and offer relevant and sustainable alternatives. “Beyond Threshold of Conflict”, an International Film Festival on Peace, brings together path breaking films from around the world, that celebrate women’s immensely significant role in nonviolent conflict resolution in their own diverse, and often complicated contexts within their families, communities and countries. This two-day film festival is the travelling edition of the Peace Builders International Film Festival held in New Delhi in Oct’16. The festival will showcase documentaries, animation and fiction films that shed light on women as builders and keepers of peace from countries across the world – Sri Lanka, Tibet, India, Iran, India, Paraguay, Denmark, Pakistan, USA, Indonesia and the Middle East.

Organized By: Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Bangalore Film Society, CIEDS Collective, Eco Foundation for Sustainable Alternatives (EFSA), Ekta Foundation Trust, Enable India Foundation, International Gandhian Institute for Nonviolence and Peace (IGINP), PIPFPD-KC, Radio Active CR 90.4, Infinite Souls Farm and Artists Retreat
Supported By: Booshakthi Kendra, ECC, ITVS, Ferozes Estate, , SPRK, KKNSS, NCL, Visthar

International Film festival will be held on 11th & 12th of February (10:30 AM – 6:00 PM)

Venue:
The Gandhi Bhavan,
Kumara Park East,
Bengaluru
Conversation “Speaking Peace in Times of War” led by Kirtana Kumar, with an eminent panel including Nandini Sundar, Lata Mani, Laxmi Murthy and Rohini Mohan

Given that women are becoming more visible on the frontlines of battles; either as targets of sexual violence or voices of organised resistance, are they able to articulate another language of peace and justice in the context of a violence that is either defining or consuming them? In the context of these diverse wars that wage in and around their lives are they in fact able to “wage peace” and if so what are their lived strategies? Given the hyper-masculinised architecture of war and conflict does “women for peace” become a feminist fantasy legitimising biological determinism or is it a philosophical and spiritual imperative whose potential we have not fully explored?

These and more questions will be central to a conversation being held on the occasion of Beyond Thresholds of Conflict, an International Film Festival on Peace, that brings to the city of Bangalore, select movies screened during the Peacebuilders International Film Festival held in New Delhi in October 2016. The path breaking films from around the world celebrate women’s immensely significant role in nonviolent conflict resolution in their own diverse and often complicated contexts within their families, communities and countries.

In conversation will be a group of incredible women each of who are attempting to speak peace in their own ways…through academia, activism, art and the media.

Nandini Sundar: Social anthropologist and professor of Sociology at Delhi School of Economics and a strong voice for the tribals in Bastar who are caught between the violence of the State and the Naxals. Amongst other publications, author of “The Burning Forest; India’s War in Bastar”.

Lata Mani: Feminist historian, cultural critic, contemplative writer and film maker. Amongst other publications, author of Integral Nature of Things, Contentious Traditions and Sacred Secular

Laxmi Murthy: Feminist activist, journalist, writer, editor. Recently edited Garrisoned Minds: Women and Conflict in South Asia

Rohini Mohan: An award-winning journalist based in Bangalore, India, writing on politics and human rights in South Asia. Her book, The Seasons of Trouble (2014) is a nonfiction account of three people living in postwar Sri Lanka.

Kirtana Kumar: Actor, Director and film maker. Founder of Infinite Souls Farm and Artist Retreat.

Join the conversation and enrich it!! Sunday | 12th February 2017 | 3:30 PM-5:00 PM,

Venue:
The Gandhi Bhavan,
Kumara Park East,
Bengaluru

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