Daughters of Fire, a two-day film festival on violence against women and women’s resistance to it, was organised by Vimochana and the Asian Women’s Human rights Council (AWHRC) in collaboration with the Bangalore Film Society and Alliance Francaise de Bangalore. The festival was held on 27 – 28 June, 2009 at the Alliance Francaise, Bangalore.
Held against the backdrop of the India Court of Women on Dowry and Related Forms of Violence, the films reflected on the nature of violence particularly against women, the institution of marriage and the accompanying violence and the burden of being born a girl. The films also looked at how women respond and resist this violence both at an individual and collective level, and the different notions of justice that exist in different cultures and communities.
Under Construction contributed to the festival with ‘Listen O’ Friends’, a short film by Madhushree Dutta which journeys into rural Bengal to engage with the social phenomenon that endorses and sustains trafficking, and ‘Who is Afraid of Little Girls?’, a documentary by Sehjo Singh that explores the compulsions that force the people of Rajasthan to push their little children into matrimony.