Documentaries are not only powerful sources of knowledge and information that help sharpen our brains and bring conversation food to the table with family and friends, but are also creative tools that help introduce us to new worlds and lifestyles that we otherwise likely would have limited exposure to and thus enrich us with a greater perspective outside of our own personal experiences.
The groundbreaking docu-film, W.OM.B, is officially set to direct at the 12th edition of the Melbourne Indian Film Festival (IFFM) and will be officially selected as the opening night film this year and shown on August 12, 2021 After the Incredible success last year’s virtual film festival takes place this year IFFM takes place both physically and virtually with the physical festival running from 12 to 20 August, while the digital edition runs from 15 to 30 August in Australia. Additionally, while the film festival had become completely virtual the previous year due to COVID-19 restrictions, this time in their own promising words will be “twice as fun” as it will be not only a virtual but also a physical event.
WOMB physically screens from IFFM’s premiere night on August 12th. The documentary has been the toast to the international festival circuit, including being the opening night film at the London Indian Film Festival last month. The film was also recently screened at the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF), where it was also part of the opening night gala. . The documentary is an extraordinary reality story tailored by director Ajitesh Sharma.
It is a story about a young woman named Srishti Bakshi who embarks on a monumental journey that goes almost 4000 km over 240 days, from Kanyakumari in the south to Kashmir, in the north, along the way meet and learn first hand about the experiences of many people . women from all corners of India. It is a gripping and heart-warming documentary that explores the social and political problems that women in present-day India face. It is a unique proof of seemingly insurmountable challenges in these unprecedented times and the everyday heroines who are struggling to overcome.
IFFM, the largest film festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere that celebrates Indian cinema in all its forms, provides an excellent opportunity for filmmakers to screen their films on an international platform.
Mitu Bhowmick Lange, IFFM Director said, “After the unprecedented challenges of the last 18 months, we are delighted to bring the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne back to the big screen, while our digital platform will ensure viewers around Australia access to the festival as well . In 2021, not only the best of Indian cinema but also many of our Covid-19 heroes who offer vital community support, connection and hope in these turbulent times. ”
Srishti Bakshi said, “Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights. And since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the world locked in to live within four walls, new data and reports from them on the front lines have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, especially domestic violence, has only intensified.In this documentary we have celebrated ordinary women who have shown extraordinary courage to rise above their limitations and challenge deeply rooted gender norms.We did this to unite the majority, for what we discovered was that ‘gender-based violence is a crime committed by the minority, but still by the silence of the majority.’
Producer Apoorva Bakshi said, “We are very proud to present our film at IFFM as the opening night gala presentation and look forward to sharing it with audiences around the world. This documentary not only presents facts but also highlights possible solutions that can be implemented today. ”
Caroline Pitcher, CEO of Film Victoria added: “Film Victoria is proud to be the main partner of the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne. For over a decade, this incredible celebration of Indian film and culture has given Victorians the opportunity to engage in diverse and compelling screen stories, and it’s wonderful that this year we can get together both in cinemas across Melbourne and online. ”