Madurai International Film Festival Curated Package

Women Making Films is happy to curate a special package for the 18th International Madurai Film Festival. Four documentary films made by women. It is a privilege to host the screening of ‘Banaz, A love story’ made by Deeyah Khan, for the first time in India.

A Pinch Of Skin – Priya Goswami – 6 Dec, Arul Anandhar College, Karumathur – 12PM

A Pinch of Skin is a documentary on the Female Genital Cutting in India. The film juxtaposes voice of questioning dissent along with pro tradition voice; to weave a complex fabric of the social norm which propels the community to cut their seven-year-old daughters.

Bachelor Girls – Shikha Makan – 7 Dec, Fatima College – 10.50AM

In the heart of Mumbai, the leading urban metropolis of India, single independent women are facing housing discrimination because of their status of being ‘unmarried’. ‘Bachelor Girls’ as labeled by the society, struggle to find homes amidst many biases and question the idea of freedom for women in today’s modern India.

The World Before Her – Nisha Pahuja – 7 Dec, Lens Media Centre, Arasaradi – 6PM

The World Before Her is a Canadian documentary film, released in 2012. Written and directed by Nisha Pahuja, the film explores the complex and conflicting environment for young girls in India by profiling two young women participating in two very different types of training camp — Ruhi Singh , who aspires to become Miss India, and Prachi Trivedi, a Hindu nationalist with the Durga Vahini.

Banaz A Love Story – Deeyah Khan – 8 Dec, Lens Media Centre, Arasaradi – 7PM

This is a documentary film chronicling an act of overwhelming horror — the honour killing of Banaz Mahmod, a young British woman in suburban London in 2006, killed and “disappeared” by her own family, with the agreement and help of a large section of the Kurdish community, because she tried to choose a life for herself.