In late January, the city of Ahmedabad, India, was host to the Cinema of Resistance film festival, a celebration of ‘courageous creativity’ through film. AIF Clinton Fellow Gaurang Raval was honored at the event for his outstanding work using cinema for social change. Films screened focused on themes such as displacement, sexuality, and personal identity.
The Cinema of Resistance film festival, organized by dance school Darpana Academy, creates space for debate on issues of oppression and repression that are seldom addressed in mainstream cinema. The festival highlights films and filmmakers who have centered their stories around substantive problems that our society faces, giving voice to the silent. Held over two weekends, the festival screened activist filmmakers such as Onir and Leena Manimekhalai, and gave young filmmakers the change to interact with them. Local filmmakers were also present, and drew attention to real stories happening in the community.
The event recognized Gaurang for his work in keeping the cinema of resistance alive for several years while working in Gujarat. During his AIF Clinton Fellowship, Gaurang is working with NGO Utthan, which promotes women’s equality in development. Gaurang’s most recent film, ‘OBR – I Rise’, condemns violence against women. Read the description and watch the film below.
OBR – I RISE
A film by Gaurang Raval
Produced by Utthan, Ahmedabad
‘The United Nations states that 1 in 3 women on the planet are beaten or raped during her lifetime. That is more than one billion women living on the planet today. V‐Day REFUSES to stand by as more than a billion women experience violence. On February 14th, 2013 on V‐Day’s 15th Anniversary, they are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING is a promise that we will RISE UP with millions of women and men around the world to say, “ENOUGH! The violence ends NOW.”’