The 5th IAWRT Asian Women Film Festival was organised by the IAWRT India Chapter with the support of the India International Centre in New Delhi on 7–8 March, 2009. The Festival was organised to mark the International Women’s Day.
Each year, the festival showcases a wide array of films – documentaries, short fiction, and animation – made by women filmmakers of Asian origin. This year the festival presented over 20 films made by women filmmakers from all across India, other countries of South Asia, and the United States of America. The films were broadly curated around the theme – Dialogues in Diversity, Forefronting Realities, Experiences and Articulating Concerns, offering a different worldview through women’s eyes.
Four films distributed by Under Construction were screened at the Festival and UC also had a display space which got an overwhelming response. The films screened were ‘View from a Grain of Sand’ by Meena Nanji – a comprehensive account of the recent history of Afganistan, the impact on the women’s lives, and the resistance they offer, ‘Skin Deep’ by Reena Mohan dealing with women’s complex relationship with physical beauty, Nandini Bedi’s ‘Notes on Man Capture‘ about the Garo tradition of man capture and the players behind the event and ‘Cosmopolis: Two Tales of a City’ by Paromita Vohra showcasing the mythology of a cosmopolitan Bombay told through stories of land and food.