MAMI film fest: Women dominate the evening

It was a dominating day for the women as they ruled at the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. Rima Das’s “Village Rockstars won the Golden Gateway award in the India Gold Category and Carla Simon’s “Summer 1993” won the honour in the International category.

The seven-day event, which concluded on Wednesday night here, screened over 220 films from 51 countries including features, documentaries and short films. Das is ecstatic as her movie has also won the Oxfam Best Film — Gender Equality Award and the Young Critics Choice Award at the festival.

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The director-cinematographer-editor-producer said: “I am grateful to the MAMI jury and especially my children. Most of the people thought I was mad. But the children and my family believed in me.

“When I started making movies, the movies were earlier selected in festival but my mother used to ask whether I will win. So this is to my mom.” Simon, who was on her first visit to India, said it was an “incredible experience”.

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