Sensitising people towards differently abled

Film festival

Sensitising people towards differently abled

In an effort to eradicate the stereotypes related to differently abled individuals and to sensitise students and society at large on various issues associated with the differently abled people while showcasing their special skills, a three-day film festival, ‘We Care’ was organised at the Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication (AIMC), recently.

This is the sixth consecutive year that AIMC has hosted its annual festival. This three-day long fiesta screened films like The Butterfly Circus, Independent Living, White Balance, Little Feet and Cutting the Pain.

The festival was organised in association with Brotherhood NGO and with the support of UNESCO, National Trust, AAFT, National Institute of Hearing Handicapped and UN Information Centre. The films screened on the inauguration day included award winning films like I am Special, Why, Bilal, Betterhalf and White Balance.

Speaking on the occasion, professor Ashok Ogra, Director, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, said, “This festival is an effort to eradicate the prejudices associated with the differently abled people. The idea was to reach out and appeal to the youth through cinema and this is why the festival is themed around ‘celebrating diversity’, which epitomises the very fact that each individual, regardless of his or his physical appearance is special.”

The festival saw widespread participation from students of various schools and universities across NCR. A photography exhibition was also organised on the same theme.

Ajay K Lal, Joint Secretary and CEO, National Trust was the chief guest on the occasion. Appreciating the institute for hosting the event and sensitising the youth towards the cause, he said, “Disability is a state of mind, and we all have some dependencies.”

One of the films Bilal was about a three-year-old child named Bilal, who can see but his parents cannot, and he hardly understands what blindness means. Inside a tiny dark and dank room, Bilal, his little brother Hamza and parents live in a curious game of seeing and not seeing. The film tells this unusual story by observing the little boy over a year by capturing rare moments of sharing love, fun, cruelty and hope.

Another popular film shown was Cutting the Pain. The story revolved around an Israeli veteran soldier who decides to amputate his leg in order to put his tragic past
behind.

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