We Care Film Fest on Disability 2018
15 April 2018


We Care Film Fest on Disability 2018

 

Building on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and its unique mandate on education, science, culture, communication and information within the United Nations system, the 15th global edition of the WE CARE Film Fest was organized in New Delhi on 16 and 17 April 2018. In an effort to change attitudes on disability issues, several short films and documentaries on various disability issues were screened at the India International Centre for a mixed audience of school students and children with disabilities in order to bring different perspectives into dialogue.

The festival was organized by BROTHERHOOD in close cooperation with UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, UNESCO, National Trust (Statutory body of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment) and Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication.

Some of the films showcased at the festival are The Fish and I, Cutting the pain, Elsewhere, Feet in the Sand, Tiny steps, The Wizard of Needles, and Children of the Stars. In all 28 films were screened.

The festival started with the sign language national anthem and was followed by an inauguration ceremony. At the ceremony, Mr. Satish Kapoor, Founder Director of the We Care Film Festival very proudly announced a prospective collaboration with the Government of Odisha on an initiative called “Sashakt” to sensitize government officials in 30 districts of the state through films provided by the We Care Film Festival and create awareness about various schemes for persons with disabilities. Called We Care on Wheels the initiative will cover 5100 kilometres in 314 blocks of 30 districts.

Mr. Derk Segaar, Director UNIC New Delhi, in his address, reiterated the importance of platforms like these in creating awareness that leads to behavioral change and inclusivity.

In his speech, he highlighted that the UN addresses the issues of persons with disabilities through the first comprehensive human rights treaty focused on disability – the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD was adopted by the General Assembly in 2006 and came into force in 2008. It only reaffirms our commitment to be inclusive in our development agenda. It is the outcome of decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes towards disability.

India is one the first few signatories of the CRPD. It is one of the few countries to have enacted the CRPD into a domestic law, namely, the Right of Persons with Disabilities that was passed in the Parliament in 2016. It is a pathbreaking law that broadens the definition of disability and upholds the rights of the persons with disabilities.

The Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030, our global vision for a better world, also specifically mentions persons with disabilities – 11 times to be exact. Building on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the new Agenda emphasizes a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.

Inclusion, Choice, Dignity and Equality – most people take these for granted as part of their daily lives. But for many people with disabilities, these are often day to day aspirations, challenges and struggles. The film fest highlights the struggles and the achievements of disabled persons in the face of physical and social barriers. The festival also attempts to break these barriers.

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