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Friday, 16 March 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Nehru Centre

To mark International Women’s Day, the Nehru Centre and PAWA will host a panel discussion on Women in Film: Challenges and opportunities behind the camera on the 16th of March at 6.30pm. The percentage of women directors is still abysmally low – less than 10% globally, and even lower in Asia. This panel will feature filmmakers from Asian countries who will explore the dynamics behind this statistic. They will speak of their own inspirations, the biases and constraints they face in the industry, and what needs to be done to foster gender parity and better the odds of success for women. We will also be viewing short clips of their work.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. RSVP: bookings@pawa-london.org by 11th March (this is a free, public event but rsvp needed for catering purposes).

Sangeeta Datta
Sangeeta Datta is a well-known writer/director, independent filmmaker and cultural commentator. Her critically acclaimed work includes the feature film Life Goes on and the stage productions The Dying Song and Gitanjali 100. She has published widely and is the director of Baithak UK, a non-profit company that celebrates and promotes South Asian arts.

Jenny Lu
Taiwanese director Jenny Lu wrote and directed The Man who walked on the Moon, which won Best Fantasy Award at Amsterdam International Film Festival 2015. She received the Best Screenplay Award in Taiwan for her feature film, The Receptionist, which also won Best Film Award at the Sochi
International Film Festival.

Rina Yang
Rina Yang is an award-winning cinematographer who grew up in a small city in Japan. She works across a broad spectrum of productions from commercials, music videos, films and documentaries. Her work for the short film “The boy who never went ice skating” won the award for best cinematography at the 43rd Alcine Film Festival

Bernard Chauly
Bernard Chauly is a Malaysian film director of Punjabi-Chinese parentage whose nine feature films are diverse but consistently feature strong female protagonists. They are commercially as well as critically successful and have competed in festivals in South East Asia, Japan and Europe. In-development is the film adaptation of Tash Aw’s Booker longlisted novel, Five Star Billionaire.

The panel will be moderated by Kamalakshi Mehta, PAWA management committee member, freelance writer and former editor.