Nandita Das TIFF

Filmmaker Nandita Das is all excited to be the part of Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF) as her upcoming film ‘Manto’ is going to be screened at the prestigious film festival. However, there’s one more reason why Nandita is looking forward to the event.

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Sharing the other reason, Nandita took to her Twitter account and wrote, “At @TIFF_NET, in addition to @MantoFilm’s North American premiere, I will participate in #ShareHerJourney and will share my perspective along with 6 incredible women at a public rally hosted by the festival. Can’t wait!”

Yes, Nandita will be protesting against gender inequality at TIFF.

Along with the announcement, the actress-filmmaker even shared a note which read, “This year was doubly rewarding when Manto began its journey with a world premiere at Cannes, and I participated in the march with a select group of 82 women protesting gender inequality in the film industry. 82 represents the miniscule number of women filmmakers whose films have been officially screened at the festival during its 71-year history. In contrast, 1645 male directors have walked that same red-carpet. Soon, I will be going to the Toronto International Film Festival for Manto’s North American premiere. There, I have been invited to participate in the movement called “Share Her Journey” to champion female storytellers and push gender parity in films.”

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Her note further read, “We all know that sexism, gender disparity and sexual misconduct are widespread in the film industry. Almost all of us have been privy to it and most have experienced it firsthand. In the past year, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have shed a much-needed spotlight on the harsh reality faced by women in the industry. While not enough criminal prosecutions have happened yet, it has given hope to women in the industry that silence does not have to be an option. I am glad that finally important festivals are beginning to address this inexcusable, longstanding wrong.”

You can read her entire post here:

Kudos to you, Nandita! India definitely needs more filmmakers and artists like you.

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