ACTIVISM THROUGH CINEMATIC NARRATIVES
Colombo International Women's Film Festival
International Women’s Day is a celebration of women and their achievements all over the world: the political to the social – calling for gender equality, change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. “(Films) show us what we are, what we were, and what we could, should, or (do not) want to be. When at their best, movies give birth to new visions of female strength and freedom” a statement by Sussane Kord resonates the conceptual thinking behind the Colombo International Women’s Film Festival. A group of empowering women joined forces to celebrate International Women’s Day through the Colombo International Women’s Film Festival, which was held from February 28 to March 7 at the National Film Corporation Cinema and several other cultural institutions in Colombo. A host of filmmakers, feminist critics and women’s rights activists who encouraged empowering women of the evolving society to innovate and build focus to strive for equality between genders; to provide a platform where women’s voices are heard and recognized.
Anomaa Rajakaruna, Festival Director and Founder, who was featured in the edition ‘ARTRA’s Iconic Women 2018’, used a unique and feminist curatorial approach to promote cinematic narratives that are of socio-political significance. Perceiving that a feminist approach means paying attention to women, Anomaa propagated the idea of gender equality and counter narratives to patriarchal norms through a carefully curated lineup of films.
ARTRA is Sri Lanka’s Art Magazine exploring curated content on Sri Lanka’s visual art, performance art, applied art and written art. Launched in 2012, ARTRA Magazine is a compact monthly art read providing a comprehensive understanding on Sri Lankan artists, art events, monthly art calendars and the Sri Lankan design landscape. In sum, all you need to know about art in Sri Lanka.
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