It will be a weekly programme on Wednesdays
PUDUCHERRY: Aiming to generate awareness of women issues, the Centre for Women’s Studies of Pondicherry University started a film screening cum discussion forum on Tuesday. As part of the inaugural session, Sathyajit Ray’s “Pather Panchali” was screened for the staff and students of the university.
“The film screening cum discussion forum will be a weekly programme and will be conducted on Wednesdays. We plan to focus on one aspect of the problems faced by women every week,” Coordinator of Centre for Women’s Studies of the University V.T. Usha said.
The film “Pather Panchali” was based in rural Bengal and portrayed an aesthetic view of issues in the place. A large number of characters in the film were female, she said, adding, “The film is about human values and relations. It shows what poverty and environment do to people. After screening the film, the discussion looked at how the burden fell on women when there is poverty or economic problems.”
She said, “we also discussed how the issues dealt in the film can be related to us.” Next Wednesday, the programme would be on women’s education.
Dean of School of Social Sciences and International Studies Subramania Naidu spoke on the need for grassroot-level research on women’s issues and discussions on the occasion.
Finance Officer of the University S. Raghavan spoke on the occasion.