Report by Ashok Palit, Bhubaneswar: AAINA is an organization working on the issues of disability since fourteen years in the state. Aaina in collaboration with Brotherhood had organized the Film Festival last year in 2011 on 17th & 18Ih October at Nalco Auditorium. The two day film festival became a grand success and looking at the response aaina decided to conduct the festival annually.
The 'We Care Film Fest' is a travelling festival with the aim of raising awareness about disability issues through the medium of films and to foster inclusion in society by spreading the message of ability and diversity. This festival helps bringing many people into the forum of discussion on the issues of disability and thus spreading mass awareness among the general public. The festival creates opportunity to dispel many myths on disability. Moreover, many of the people that never get an opportunity to know about the issues get better scope to see the achievements, engage into dialogues and subsequently create space in their sphere to include the issue.
This time the 'We Care Film Fest - II' will be held on 14* & 15th October 2012, at Bhanja Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar. The festival will showcase award winning films that will range from Iminutes to 2 hour duration putting in to perspective the diversity of disability issues. Participants at the festival will include a wide audience of students from mass communication colleges, school students, children and people with disabilities, organizations working in the social sector, film enthusiasts and the general public.
The festival is going to be inaugurated by renowned film maker Mr. Goutam Ghosh. During the festival along with Jhe screening of the films, there would be panel discussions and presence of many eminent personalities from disability sector, academics and mainstream Odia film industries.
The special feature of the We Care Film Fest in Odisha is the section for competition of very short documentary films in the I minute, 3minutes and 5minutes category on disability issues to be developed by enthusiasts from Odisha - professionals or first hands. There are 21 such documentaries to be screened this year. The winners will receive cash award and citations and have the opportunity to compete at the national festival.
Another popular feature of the Odisha edition is the script writing competition for school children on "Inclusion and Inclusive Education". The winning script may be developed in to a documentary film by one of the film makers.
15th October is observed as World White Cane Day and on this occasion a quiz competition is being organized for the School students in the festival. Winners will be awarded citations and the schools they represent will be receiving trophies for the same.
The festival will be day long program on both the days running from 10 AM to 8 PM on the first day and SAM to 8 PM on the second day. Come be part of the celebration of diversity and inclusion.