Short film festival to spread the message of positive healthAround the city — By The Desk on December 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM
Times of India: In order to educate the masses on various health problems, some 10 shortfilms — on issues ranging from diabetes and cervical cancer to HIV/AIDS and schizophrenia — made by various filmmakers will be showcased at the two-day Aarogya Film Festival, at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), on December 4 and 5. The film festival, organised by PM Shah Foundation, will be inaugurated by Magsaysay awardee, Padma Bhushan Rajnikant Arole, at 1pm on December 4.
Collector of Pune, Chandrakant Dalvi, will also attend the function. “We want to spread the message of positive health by showing films that have earned laurels at various national and international film festivals. The festival would give a first-hand look at different health issues and will inspire a zeal for good health,” said Chetan Gandhi, director of the foundation, at a press conference on Wednesday.
Nandu Kshirsagar’s short films, ‘Sugar Free – Katha Eka Madhumehyachi’ and ‘It’s Time For My Insulin’, depict the struggles and triumphs of diabetics, while Amol Bhave’s ‘Swap’ is about the difficulties faced by a kidney donor. The creative genius of a schizophrenic is highlighted in Vidyadhar Bapat’s ‘Majhi Goshta,’ while Rima S Amarapurkar’s ‘Jananee’ tactfully handles the issue of right to pregnancy and abortion. ‘Dear Lady Your Life Is Precious,’ presented by Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Hospital, Barshi, is about cervical cancer, while Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Positive,’ is a sensitive take on a boy’s HIV-positive parent. The festival will also show Gaurav Raj’s ‘The Blind Spot,’ Mithunchandra Chaudhari’s ‘Ghanadaat’ and Atul Pethe’s ‘Kachra Kondi,’ that portrays the ill effects of smoking, basic civic amenities like public toilets, and problems faced by conservancy workers like drainage cleaners, respectively. The foundation is actively involved in health-related activities among underprivileged sections.
“We want to plan similar programmes in the future, and tap the younger segment of the society, who can carry forward the message on good health,” said Gandhi.