Gender Based Violence Film Festival (11th - 12th December 2015): Discussing GBV through American films

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Gender Based Violence Film Festival, American Center, Cinedarbaar, December 2015

The Embassy of the United States of America in collaboration with Cinedarbaar is organizing a two day film event—‘Gender Based Violence Film Festival’—from 11th - 12th December 2015 at the American Center Auditorium, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi - 110001. The festival will show five films that highlight Gender Based Violence.

Please find below the Press Release and Schedule of the festival.

New Delhi,  December 2015: American Centre in collaboration with Cinedarbaar will be organizing a 2 day Gender Based Violence film festival on the 11th & 12th December, 2015 at The American Center Auditorium (basement level) 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg. The festival will show five films that brings stories of GBV.

Human Rights day is observed every year on 10th December to improve the physical, social, cultural and spiritual wellbeing and welfare of the vulnerable group of people globally. On this occasion gender based violence will be discussed and highlighted through American films.

The film The Accused starring Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson will begin the festival. The film is about ayoung who suffers from a brutal rape and her justice for it. This will be followed by North Country starring Chalize Theron, Jeremy Renner which is again based about a sexual harassment case. The second day of the festival will show films like  The Color Purple starring Danny Grovel, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey which tells a story of a black Southern woman who struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abusive father. The second film What’s Love Got to Do with It starring Angela Bassett, Lawrence Fishburne is about a singer who breaks free from her abusive husband. The festival will close with Safe Haven starring Juliane Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders which tells a story about a young woman with a mysterious path and her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

The films will be followed by discussions with Ms Prabhleen Tuteja. Prabhleen Tuteja is a Delhi based activist, an ardent gender practitioner with an experience of working with diverse constituencies ranging from grass roots to policy makers. She will explore gender based violence theme in context to the film screened. Her sessions will focus on lack of public sensitivity and by stander intervention on cases of violence against women. She would also bring attention to role of men and masculinity to intervene on gender based violence. For the second day she will put emphasis on role of society and relationships and women's situation in the same. 

The entry to the festival is free and is on first come first served basis.  Entry is open for general public but by invitation only. To request an invitation, please e-mail to or collect your passes from the American Center library prior to the event.  Please carry a valid and original photo ID to enter the American Centre and an e-invite to attend the festival.


 December 11, 2015

 3:00 p.m.- The Accused (1988)

Starring -- Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson
After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack. (111 minutes)

6:00 p.m.- North Country (2005)

Starring -- Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner, Frances McDormand
A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit. (126 minutes)

Film Discussion with Prabhleen Tuteja

December 12, 2015

12:00 p.m.- The Color Purple (1985)

Starring -- Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey
A black Southern woman (Whoopi Goldberg) struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse from her father and others over 40 years. (154 minutes)

Film Discussion with Prabhleen Tuteja

3:30 p.m.- What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

Starring -- Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Rae'Ven
The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from abusive husband, Ike Turner. (118 minutes)

Film Discussion with Prabhleen Tuteja

6:00 p.m.- Safe Haven (2013)

Starring -- Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. (115 minutes)

* Entry is by invitation only!  Please carry an electronic or printed copy of the invitation.
* Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
* Please carry a valid photo identity card to enter the American Center.
* Mobile phones and laptops are allowed in the American Center. However, photography is prohibited.
* All visitors may be featured in photos or video to be used for promotional purposes or on social media by the American Center or U.S. Embassy.

* The American Center does not provide public parking on its premises

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- Murtaza Ali

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