The 9th Health Film Festival was inaugurated today at NFAI at the hands of Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, Dr. Bharat Vatwani. (L to R) Dr. Arun Gadre, Adv. Chetan Gandhi, Dr. Vatwani, Adv. Kiran Kothadiya, Vikram Kaluskar, Jeetubhai Thathed were present.
Health Film Festival kick-started at NFAI
PUNE: The two-day Health Film Festival organized by P.M. Shah Foundation kick started today at National Film Archives of India (NFAI) at Law College Road. The inauguration of the festival was done at the hands of Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, Dr. Bharat Vatwani.
Adv. Chetan Gandhi, Director, P. M. Shah Foundation, Adv. Kiran Kothadiya, President, P. M. Shah Foundation, Dr. Arun Gadre, Activist, Vikram Kaluskar, Trustee of the foundation, Jeetubhai Tathed, Trustee, Vardhaman Pratishthan were present among the dignitaries. Students of different schools and colleges were present for the event in large numbers.
Vatwani recalled some memories from the early days of his work for the mentally ill adults. He said that he was highly inspired by the work by the great social activist Baba Amte for the leprosy patients, as well as the initiative of his son Dr. Prakash Amte for the well-being of tribals.
Speaking with the students, Vatwani said, ‘‘We had to face a lot of obstacles in the early days of our work for mentally ill. At times I also thought to leave it out of frustration. But then I realized that if I abandon it, I would not be able to face any mentally ill person that I get to see wandering on streets. It was the turning point for me. I feel that one should not do any social work just for the recognition from people or few ‘Likes’ on social media. If you believe in your work then only you hold on to the cause.’’
Gandhi said, ‘‘The Foundation has taken up many initiatives for the awareness regarding various health issues. We thought that the same message can be propagated better using the audio-visual medium to reach a larger population. We started this Health Film Festival in 2010 and it has been receiving good response every year.’’
The festival is showcasing 35 short films and documentaries carefully selected from more than 150 films received from countries including India, Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Dubai, France, Pakistan, Spain, UK, US among others. The entry to this two-day fest is free and open to all. The valedictory ceremony of the festival will be held on Saturday, December 21 at 4.30 pm, in presence of famous film maker and National Awards winner, Sumitra Bhave.
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