Film fes­ti­val con­tin­ues


Afive-night doc­u­men­tary film fes­ti­val cul­mi­nat­ing in a fundrais­ing evening for Nepalese earth­quake sur­vivors con­tin­ues at City Li­brary tonight.

The Trav­el­ling Film South Asia Fes­ti­val opened on July 11 with In­vok­ing Jus­tice, high­light­ing the lead­er­ship role that Mus­lim women have taken in South In­dia.

It was fol­lowed on Satur­day with the 2013 Sri Lankan movie No Fire Zone.

The third movie, No Burqas Be­hind Bars from Afghanistan screens tonight at 7pm. Filmed in an Afghan women’s prison, the pris­on­ers re­late how moral crimes are used to con­trol women in Afghanistan.

Satur­day at 7pm there’s a Burmese movie about mem­bers of a wannabe girl pop group. Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls fol­lows five as­pir­ing young women liv­ing in the re­pres­sive mil­i­tary state of Myan­mar writ­ing songs about liv­ing in poverty, cul­tural clashes, ro­mance and the sim­ple de­sire to wear makeup. En­try is by gold coin do­na­tion.

The fi­nal night of the fes­ti­val, Satur­day, Au­gust 1, screens a dou­ble fea­ture from Nepal with the ear­lier start time of 6pm. A Life With Slate de­picts the harsh lives ex­pe­ri­enced by a com­mu­nity of slate-min­ers near Kathmandu, fol­lowed by The Way of The Road, about the re­con­nec­tion of Nepal’s Ra­suwa dis­trict with an an­cient Hi­malayan trade route and global traf­fic.

Fes­ti­val con­vener, Massey Univer­sity’s Dr Sita Venkateswar, says both these films high­light the cul­tural di­ver­sity of Nepal and are about ar­eas that have since been de­stroyed by the earth­quake.

She says the film-mak­ers are keen to sup­port the fi­nal night event and hope to par­tic­i­pate via Skype in the dis­cus­sion ses­sion af­ter the screen­ings. Nepali/ Bhutani groups in Palmer­ston North have vol­un­teered the food for the clos­ing night, co-or­di­nated by Bikram Pandey, cul­tural ad­viser at Red Cross.

‘‘The key in­tent of the fes­ti­val is to con­nect the univer­sity with key com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and peo­ple in the city,’’ Sita says.


Doc­u­men­tary Miss Nikki and The Tiger

Girls about five singer­per­form­ers who worked to be­come Myan­mar’s first girl band, is screen­ing this Satur­day night as part of the Trav­el­ling Film South Asia Fes­ti­val.

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