Nagpur: Smiles and applause filled the atmosphere as thought-provoking short films made by women were screened in the Arpan Hall at Mor Bhavan on Saturday.
The short films were outcome of a five-day filmmaking workshop organized by Lakshmi Anuban Maheshwari Mahila Sanghatana, along with Pune-based 'My First Film'. Twelve women participants made three short films on subjects like child labour, child marriage, and poverty. Each film was of 3-minute duration and presented a social message.
"The highlight of the movie making process was that it involved simple equipment like cell phones and digital cameras. We had set a budget and the films were completed within five-days of workshop. We used each other's homes as sets, spare bottles as tripods and mobile phones as cameras. We not only learnt various aspects of film making but also its application in daily life" said Sonal Chandak, who is a lawyer.
"I was happy to see so much enthusiasm among women. They learned like a kid. They came up with interesting topics and were willing to participate in the process," said director of My First Film Ritesh Taksande, who conducted the workshop.
The workshop also had students from different age groups. "I joined this workshop out of interest. We learnt scripting, video- making, editing, pre- production, post production, direction, photography etc. Initially, I was hesitant on being the only man in the group but I enjoyed a lot", said polytechnic student Ketan Mundhada.
Swati Maheshwari, an entrepreneur, said, "I am in my 50s. I felt like doing something for myself. I like writing and therefore I joined this workshop. It was an enriching course."
"The amount of coordination and patience with which we were taught, we felt empowered. There was equal participation by all. We learned there is so much a woman can do, "said lecturer Rashmi Rathi.
"We were eager to attend the workshop each day. It was lots of fun. We had the opportunity to identify our hidden talent" said Shruti Randhe, director, Wizkid Abacus.
Businesswoman Rupa Chandak said, "It was difficult to manage time yet we did it. We have now become tech-savy moms. It was a knowledgeable course."
Prafulata Rode, president of ISB group, was the chief guest.