From Miyazaki to the ‘Menstrual Man’

Bengalureans are in for a treat this week as films ranging from Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, and March of the Penguins to An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, and Menstrual Man will be screened as part of Rotary Avani, a festival of ecology.

The event, which will be held between April 22 (Earth Day) and June 5 (World Environment Day), aims to raise public awareness about urban ecology, themed around the five elements: sky, air, fire, water and earth.

As part of the festival, which has been organised by Rotary Club of Bangalore Lalbagh, in association with Rotary Club of Bangalore Peenya and other clubs of Rotary Dist 3190, and Beantown Union, children’s films, documentaries and feature films will be screened. The films have been curated by Anand Varadaraj and Adarsh Raju.

In the children’s films category, the films are Duma, directed by Carroll Ballard; GYAMO – Queen of the Mountains, directed by Doel Trivedy and Gautam Pandey; Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale, directed by Ben Bowie and Geoffrey Luck, and March Of The Penguins, directed by Luc Jacquet.

Several shorts will also be shown such as Daroji, directed by Sugandhi Gadadhar; Gudekote, directed by Rana Belur and Sugandhi Gadadhar; Crabs of Karwar, directed by Adarsh Raju, Radha Rangarajan and Shreeram MV; Water is Life. Don’t UnderMine It; animated film Fishi-Ru (The Spirit of Fishi), directed by Anjali Nayar; The Real Cost Of Coal, directed by Vibor Juhas; The Pray, directed by Alex Jones and Emma Blackwell; and Cry of the Paapa, directed by Raviraj.

In the feature film category, two films based on real people will be screened: A Civil Action and Erin Brockovich.

The other films are Mission Mars: Keep Walking India, a 23-minute short directed by Imran Khan; Before the Flood, and Chinatown. In the documentaries category, the films that will be screened include Menstrual Man, Taste the Waste, Climate Refugees, and Seed: The Untold Story. There will also be talks by Anand Malligavad, Sundar Padmanabhan, Leo Saldanha, Dr. Meenakshi Bharath and Raviraj Joshi.

Screenings are free and will be held at the Bangalore International Centre, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage from 10 am to 9 pm. For details, call 9480000333.


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