Women's Day - Conference and Film Screenings
Alliance française de Delhi in association with the French Embassy in India presents
a combination of a photo exhibition and film screenings
International Women’s Day
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
at Alliance française, M. L. Bhartia Auditorium
5.30 to 9.00 pm
International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900s: a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. In 1908 great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, International Women’s Day has grown from strength to strength annually. Women's organizations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honor women's advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life. The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. However, great improvements have now been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.
March 8th, Alliance Française de Delhi will also be hosting a series of events around International Women’s Day including:
- a photography exhibition around the premises called 'Mera Haq' (on view until March 12).
- two film screenings at M.L. Bhartia Auditorium :
'The Return', by Roop Sen & Uma Chatterjee (50 min) at 5.30 pm
This documentary on the return of 4 Bangladeshi young women, back to their homes after a harrowing experience in India, takes viewers through the experiences, the hopes, the joys and the anxieties that one can feel when trying to go back to the past, to normality, after a radical change in one's life.
Introduced by and Q&A with the producers and the director of the film.
'Women are Heroes', by JR (80 min) at 7.15 pm
This movie talks about women who own nothing, but are willing to share, women who have painful pasts building bright futures; come closer to what is universal: the human factor.
Introduced by and Q&A with characters of the film.
Free admission. Rights of admission reserved.
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