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Tribute to women filmmakers

The three women have done India proud in many an international film festival. Aparna Sen, Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta have directed some superb films over the last many years.

The Kozhikode-based Bankmen's Film Society (BFS) is paying a tribute to this trio of talented women filmmakers by showcasing their films at a three-day festival starting on Wednesday.

Deepa's Water, Aparna's 15 Park Avenue and Mira's Mississippi Masala are the films that will be screened at the Urban Bank Auditorium, Kozhikode.

"This is the first time we are conducting a festival with focus on women directors," says K.J. Thomas, secretary, BFS. "We are in fact planning to conduct more theme-based festivals in the future. In this festival, we are happy that we could show Water, which has not been seen yet by many in Kerala."

Water (2005) had run into troubled waters even before its filming had begun and its location had to be moved from Varanasi to Sri Lanka following violent protests.

The film, which completes an excellent trilogy preceded by Fire and Earth, is set in 1930s and tells the story of a group of widows living in a holy Indian city. It stars Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, Khulbhushan Kharbanda and Waheeda Rahman.

15 Park Avenue (2005) is about two sisters, played brilliantly by Shabana Azmi and Konkona Sen Sharma. It is a sensitive film by a director who made a stunning debut with 36 Chowringhee Lane in 1981.

Mississippi Masala (1991) is about an Indian family's life in Mississippi after being expelled from Uganda. The film stars Sharmila Tagore, Roshan Seth, Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington.

Three documentaries would also be shown during the festival - Still Life (Cynthia Madansky), Ways and Words (R.G. Gopa Narayanan) and Kalam Karuthivachathu (Goutham Ravindran).

P.K. Ajith Kumar

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