Fest to celebrate disability, diversity

Fest to celebrate disability, diversity

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to sensitize people to problems arising from physical disabilities, We Care a traveling festival will showcase films on the theme from across the globe. Set to commence at the Institute of Engineers from Monday, the two-day festival will see the screening of 23 award-winning films. These will include shorts, documentaries, and full-length feature films

"The festival has received an overwhelming response not only from filmmakers but also interested viewers. I can safely say that it has helped change the perceptions of people about disability and inclusion," said Sneha Mishra, secretary of Aaina, a voluntary organization that has been holding the festival here, in association with Brotherhood, for the last six years.

The main attraction of this year's festival is the competition between one and five-minute long films celebrating diversity. This year, the focus is on cerebral palsy and mental retardation. Experts on the subject will discuss various aspects of the disease and also talk about their treatment and management.

Odia film actor Anu Chowdhury and disability rights activist Jitendra Biswal, who has also acted in the acclaimed film, 'Two Desires One Dream', will attend the inaugural session.

Source: Times of India

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