The film ‘Indifference' portraying the differently-abled as more civic-conscious and socially responsible compared to their normal counterparts, won the award.
A documentary film produced by four students of Amrita School of Communication, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Ettimadai, has bagged the Jury Special Award at the 9th edition of the International ‘We Care Film Fest'.
The travelling H fest is used as an advocacy tool to bring about attitudinal and behavioural changes on approaches to disability, promote inclusion of people with disabilities, and rid people of misconceptions, myths and prejudices surrounding disability issues.
Short films and documentaries from different parts of India, and the world, like Iran, Israel, Belgium, China, the United States, and Spain, are screened during the fest that is held at various locations in India.
Meant to sensitise youth towards disability issues, the two-day festival that was held at Amrita in March showcased documentaries made by students of Amrita School of Communication.
It was organised in collaboration with ‘Brotherhood', a socio-cultural organisation working on disability issues, the film fest was supported by United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), National Trust and the Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT).
Films were rated based on a Participatory Rating Process (PRP) wherein the audience rated each film. An independent jury judged the films based on the ratings. The participatory rating process culminated recently in the first week of May when the best films were announced.
The film ‘Indifference' portraying the differently-abled as more civic-conscious and socially responsible compared to their normal counterparts, won the award under the category “Documentary Films (5 mins)”.
The film was made by V.H. Harsha, Madhu Karan Pillai, B. Moulini, and Rajlakshmi Kanjilal, all first year MA students of the Amrita School of Communication.