By Nita Deshmukh. Posted on March 02, 2016
Filmmaking is an industry dominated by men. Over the years, certain roles have come to be an exclusive male preserve. The numbers are so stacked against women that till a few years back, a successful woman director was almost an anomaly.
Lats few years have seen a turning of the tide and though the number of women directors is still low, the trend is definitely positive. And film festivals are catching up with this trend. IFFLA recently announced its' entire line-up and what stands out is the focus on films by women filmmakers.
The list this year includes Deepa Mehta’s gangster drama Beeba Boys; Leena Yadav’s Parched, a piercing examination of India’s patriarchal culture through the stories of four women; Ruchika Oberoi’s genre-bending triptych, Island City; and Rinku Kalsy’s documentary For the Love of a Man, about the fierce devotion shared by South-Indian superstar Rajinikanth’s fans. In the shorts program, Payal Sethi’s Leeches, Megha Ramaswamy’s Bunny, Pritha Chakraborthy’s Ashrut (Silent Voices) and Sonejuhi Sinha’s Love Comes Later amongst others.
IFFLA is one of the leading Indian film festivals abroad and the fact that it is based in Los Angeles means that it acts as a bridge between two of the largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. Since its inception in 2003, IFFLA has spotted numerous talented indie filmmakers through their critically acclaimed films. Notable films showcased at previous editions include feature films like Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday, Vishal Bhardwaj's Maqbool, Nagraj Manjule's Fandry, Kanu Behl's Titli, Avinash Arun's Killa & Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak.
This years edition of of IFFLA will be held at ArcLight, Hollywood in Los Angeles, California from April 6-10, 2016. The festival will screen 27 films including 16 features and 11 short films.
Opening the festival on is the U.S. premiere of the powerful Angry Indian Goddesses, from filmmaker and four-time IFFLA alum Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s poignant Waiting, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, closes the festival with its North American premiere on April 10. Amongst other, films to have their premiere at the festival are, CRD by Kranti Kanade, Babu’s Dilemma by Collin D'Cunha, and Anurag Kashyap produced Mochi (The Cobbler) by Saqib Pandor.