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Short Cuts will be screening a choice selection of films made by women this Sunday.


Short films are the flavour of the season. Last week we had Films Anonymous screening short films and now it is the turn of Short Cuts. Started by Entertainment Studio and Taj Banjara, Short Cuts screens documentaries and short films in an attempt to spread awareness and cultivate an appetite for films other than the usual masala stuff.

The endeavour was kicked off with Ashvin Kumar's Oscar nominated The Little Terrorist. Last month it was the turn of ad-guru Prahlad Kakkar to showcase his films. This Sunday, the third instalment, will feature Wasp directed by Andrea Arnold among others at Taj Banjara.

The theme is Women in Cinema and two international films and two films by local directors will be screened. Wasp tells the story of Zoe who is a 23-year-old mum of four. She is a free spirit and when an old flame comes by and offers to take her out she lies about her children and leaves them outside a pub. The film, which The Guardian described "as socialist realist film poetry," won 31 international awards including the Oscar - piping Ashwin Kumar's The Little Terrorist to the post.



FEY SPIRIT Scenes from `Wasp' (above) and `Stolen Innocence.'

The other international film to be screened is Stealing Innocence. Director Nancy Stein uses U.S. television clips and the personal story of two girls, Rachel and Ayat to tell the story of life in the Occupied Territories.

From Hyderabad, two young women, Poojita Chowdhury and actress-turned-director Sini would be showcasing their work. Poojita's Sand in My Nostrils delves into the problem of female infanticide while Sini's 24 times 7 is a brief peek into the mind space of 13-year-old girl.

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