Institute of Women’s Studies, University of Lucknow Hosts Inaugural Ceremony for 3-Day Film Festival

Lucknow:  The Institute of Women’s Studies at the University of Lucknow proudly hosted the inaugural ceremony for their 3-day film festival on Monday, 1st May 2023. The festival convener, Dr. Manini Srivastava, aspires to use the influence of cinema on our socio-cultural constructs and thought pattern to bring about a series of changes culminating in elimination of gender injustice.

The film festival is aimed at exploring various themes related to gender issues by exhibiting various thought-provoking films to raise awareness about the challenges faced by women on regular basis and initiate a discussion about the ignored dimensions of related issues. The festival focuses on themes such as the importance of literacy for women, domestic violence, male chauvinism, and women empowerment, among others. In our country, films have a significant influence on society, and they play a crucial role in shaping people’s attitudes and beliefs. Therefore, a film festival that explores gender issues can help raise awareness about the importance of gender equality and motivate students to take action against gender-based discrimination and inequalities.

The inaugural ceremony was a resounding success with University’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Alok Kumar Rai delivering an inspiring address that highlighted the importance of cinema in amplifying the voices of marginalized communities and promoting a more inclusive and equitable society. Prof. Rai cited examples from prominent movies like Lagaan and Life is Beautiful, emphasizing how films can provide a window into different cultures and perspectives. He inspired students to critically engage with the media they consume and encourage them to be more discerning and aware of the messages portrayed in films.

The ceremony was attended by several other distinguished guests, including Dean faculty of Arts, Prof Arvind Awasthi, Dean Academics Prof Poonam Tandon, who was the guest of honor, special guest from Department of Philosophy Prof Rakesh Chandra, Director Sanskritiki Prof Madhurima Lall, Head, Department of Social Work, Prof Anoop Bharti and Head, Department of Psychology, Dr Archana Shukla.

The Institute of Women’s Studies is taking an innovative approach to pedagogy, using the film festival as a tool to engage students in meaningful discussions about gender and social justice issues. Dr. Srivastava expressed her gratitude for the support of the University and the community in making the festival a reality.

The festival will continue with screenings and panel discussions till wednesday, 3 May 2023 and promises to be a thought-provoking and engaging event for all involved.

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