A film festival to showcase Gandhian concepts of nonviolence

Watch path-breaking films from around the world, that celebrate women’s immensely significant role in nonviolent conflict resolution. Catch a conversation “Speaking Peace in Times of War”. And more!

In a world increasingly beset with conflicts and the use of violence as the means to resolve these conflicts, Gandhian nonviolence continues to renew and offer relevant and sustainable alternatives. “BeyondThresholds of Conflict”, an International Film Festival on Peace, brings together path breaking films from around the world, that celebrate women’s immensely significant role in nonviolent conflict resolution in their own diverse, and often complicated contexts within their families, communities and countries.

This two-day film festival is the travelling edition of the Peace Builders International Film Festival held in New Delhi in Oct’16. The festival will showcase documentaries, animation and fiction films that shed light on women as builders and keepers of peace from countries across the world – Sri Lanka, Tibet, India, Iran, Paraguay, Denmark, Pakistan, USA, Indonesia and the Middle East.

You can also catch a conversation “Speaking Peace in Times of War” led by Kirtana Kumar, with an eminent panel including Nandini Sundar, Lata Mani, Laxmi Murthy and Rohini Mohan on Sunday, February 12, at 3:30 PM.

Please register online at: https://goo.gl/jFwdwW

Organized by: Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Bangalore Film Society, CIEDS Collective, Eco Foundation forSustainable Alternatives (EFSA), Ekta Foundation Trust, Enable India Foundation, International Gandhian Institute for Nonviolence and Peace (IGINP), PIPFPD-KC, Radio Active CR 90.4, Infinite Souls Farm and Artists Retreat Supported By: Booshakthi Kendra, ECC, ITVS, Ferozes Estate, , SPRK, KKNSS, NCL, Visthar



11-12 February 2017, 10:30 AM—6:00 PM

Gandhi Bhavan, Kumara Park East, Seshadripuram, Bangalore—560001



11th Feb 2017, Saturday

10:30 AM

Inauguration by children from diverse backgrounds, along with Shilok Mukkati (Radio Active CR 90.4MHz)
Other speakers: Dr. H. Srinivasaiah (Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi), Jill Carr-Harris (IGINP)




11:15 AM

First Lesson in Peace (Documentary, 56 min, Middle East)

Yoram Honig

The Jewish –Arab conflict through the eyes of a six year old girl, the director’s daughter, when she starts school at the mixed Arab- Jewish primary school.


12:30 PM

Lyari Notes (Documentary, 70 min, India/ Pakistan)

Miriam Chandy Menacherry & Maheen Zia

A narrative of four young girls from a Karachi neighbourhood who attend Hamza’s progressive music school and learn what it takes to express oneself despite the cycles of violence.

1:40 PM


2:30 PM

Women of Tibet: A Quiet Revolution (Documentary, 57 min, USA)

Rosemary Rawcliffee

In 1959, about 15,000 unarmed Tibetan women took to the streets of Lhasa to oppose the violent Communist Chinese occupation of their country. Story of one of the great nonviolent movements in history.


3:30 PM

Scent of Geranium (Animation, 5 min, Iran / USA)

Naghmeh Farzaneh

An autobiographical account of the director’s experience as an immigrant from Iran in America.

3:35 PM

Tea Break

3:45 PM

Invoking Justice (Documentary, 87 min, India)

Deepa Dhanraj

The story of Women’s Jamaat (council) formed by Muslim women in South India, and their challenge to the corrupt male dominated judicial system.


5:15 PM

Daughters of the Forest (Documentary, 56 min, Paraguay)

Samantha Grant

A powerful story of a small group of girls in one of the most remote forests left on earth, who are transformed by attending a radical high school where they learn to protect the threatened forest.

12th Feb 2017, Sunday




10:30 AM

No More Tears Sister (Documentary, 78 min, Sri Lanka)

Helene Klodawsky

Fifteen years after the death of Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, a renowned Sri Lankan Human Rights activist, her sister and husband, reveal the story of Rajani’s courageous life and brutal assassination.

11:45 AM

Tea Break

12:00 PM

The Look of Silence (Documentary, 100 min, Denmakr/ Indonesia)

Joshua Oppenheimer

Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. A riveting story.

1:40 PM


2:30 PM

Dying Dreams (Short Fiction, 19 min, Sri Lanka)

Sudath Abeysiriwardane

A war widow prepares her son for a war play. Bizarre and chilling enactments of war within the walls of a middle class home.

2:50 PM

Till Then The Roads Will Carry Her (Presentation, 17 min)

Uzma Falak

The presentation aims to challenge the dominant narratives of victimhood and exorcised iconography of Kashmiri women

3:15 PM

Tea Break

3:30 PM

“Speaking Peace in Times of War”

A panel conversation led by Kirtana Kumar. Panelists: Nandini Sundar, Lata Mani, Laxmi Murthy and Rohini Mohan

5:00 PM

This Road I Know (Documentary, 59 min, India)

Yirmiyan Arthur Yhome

The film traverses the main highway that runs through Nagaland and Manipur states, highlighting the change experiences on the road over the years, examining the ways violence used there.

6:00 PM

Silence in the Courts (Documentary, 56 min, Sri Lanka)

Prasanna Vithanage

Two women were denied justice and a journalist fails in his struggle to deliver justice to them. A filmmaker embarks on a quest to unearth the cause for that injustice.

Note: The above schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

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