Film festival promoting girls’ education

Kolkata, May 16 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Parichiti and CRY (Child Rights and You), two non-governmental organisations working on the rights of children, flagged off a two-day film festival titled ‘Meyebela: Amader Chaoa-Paoa’ on Tuesday.
The event aims at addressing the rights of girl children and promoting education for girls hailing from underprivileged sections of the society.
Talking about the initiative Anchita Ghatak Secretary of Parichiti said: “Most people are attracted to films and we thought the film festival would be an interesting way to reach out to sections of the public. This is an opportunity to focus on different aspects of girlhood.”
The event was inaugurated by a performance of a group of young girls that takes part in Dance Movement Therapy classes.
The films that will be screened in this festival include ‘Post Master’ directed by Satyajit Ray, ‘Maatir Bhaar’, ‘Boxing Ladies’, ‘The Magic Tree’ and ‘More Than a Friend’. The festival will also feature some short features produced by the Film Division.
Chairperson of ‘National Commission for Protection of Child Rights’ (NCPCR) Shantha Sinha was present at the event.
Sinha said: “It is the right of every girl to receive proper education. If the girls are not being educated then our democracy is unjust.”
“Going to school gives a girl confidence and social capital which is indeed needed for their betterment. Education is for freedom of the individual,” she said.
The session was followed by a discussion among the audience and the panelists including Shantha Sinha and Babar Ali moderated by Sudeshna Sinha, Coordinator of ‘Shikshamitra’.
Atindranath Das’ Regional Director of CRY (East) said: “The Parichiti-CRY partnership aims to build up a public campaign on the rights of girl children.”
Both the organisations believe that this two day event will be one step forward in creating awareness among people and will bring supporters from educated and affluent sections of society to support the cause of girls’ education.

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