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.