Join us to look at the role of women in film across Asia at a special PAWA event  celebrating  International Women’s Day 2018. Find out more below.

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 16 th 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.

Venue: The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF

Date and Time: i 16 March 2018, 18:30 – 21:30 GMT


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

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

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 43 rd  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

Find out more about PAWA events

PAWA hosts many fascinating events throughout the year, all run by our dynamic team of volunteers. We have had music evening, film nights, panel discussions and tasty dinners.

Come along to the Women in Film panel discussion at the special Women in Film Event Page or find out more about the other events we’ve had at our Past Events Page 



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