BENGALURU: “Why not hire women drivers,” asked Sumana Mukherjee, director of Dreamz, a film that figured in the ‘Gender Violence’ section of the 7th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFes), reacting to the rape of a woman, allegedly by the driver of an Uber cab in Delhi recently.
She said there should be stringent action against perpetrators of violence against women, a theme she has dealt with in her film.
Dreamz is built around the true stories of 10 girls who face violence in various forms. She called upon victims to be more vocal and bring out such incidents without fear.
Ms. Mukherjee said the film is all about dreams that every woman has about society, workplace, family, college… where women can walk, work and express themselves without being attacked, violated and discriminated against.
“The idea of Dreamz was conceived when we realised the potential of underprivileged girls studying in an NGO,” Ms. Mukherjee said. She sees the film as “a voice for those unspoken and unexpressed words and unveiled circumstances of society”.
Narrated in English and set in India, this movie is unique in being brought to screen by a committed international cast and crew drawn from over five continents.
The film is an experiment that straddles a variety of women’s issues and has actors from multiple cultures, a cross-section of strongly-etched characters and original score by an international musician.