Film Festival on Gender Equality at DB College Panjim

Disha Mashelkar
08 Jan 2019
Don Bosco Panjim
Society/Social Issues

Chief Guest Consul General of Sweden, Ulrika Sundburg, Chief Organizer of the Festival Harish Sadani, Manager of DB College Fr Joaquim Lobo with others at the Inaugural of the 2 day Film Festival at Panjim

Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) in collaboration with Don Bosco College, Panaji’s department of Social Work hosts a year’s great-start event: SAMABHAV film festival, a two day event for the youth solely based on gender, masculinity and relationships.

The first day of the event, January 8, 2019 saw enthusiasm amongst young hearts amidst a grand audience. The event stands open to college students, film-makers and NGO’s in the state.

The occasion commenced at 10 am in the college premises with an inaugural function and was graced by Harish Sadani of MAVA, Fr. Joaquim Lobo, Manager of Don Bosco College and Chief guest Ulrika Sundberg (Counsul General of Sweden). After the lighting of the lamp, the guests released the catalogue.

Sundberg addressed the gathering by laying emphasis on being open minded and accepting all genders. Next on the podium was Harish Sadani who quoted “We must look at all genders equally.” He went on to discuss the movie ‘Sexy Durga’, it’s controversy and it’s prosperity. Thereafter, Fr. Joaquim Lobo rightly mentioned giving respect to all genders and understanding them.

After an introduction and comprehension of the festival concept, films like Boys who like Girls, Any other day, Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani?, Khara ki Kota, etc. were screened that was well received by an audience.

Discussions by Sadani, Mamta Kumari, Francis Fernandes, Milroy Goes, Sabina Martins, Christine, Diana Dias, Nishtha Desai and Sundberg were then held wherein sexual health, pornography and family impact was brought up. Incidents like the Nirbaya case helped state facts.

The end film concluded the event at 6 pm. The entire event revolved around the idea of ending the urge to try changing women, understanding gender and accepting the same and ground values based on no discrimination and fair socialization.

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