The festival program includes screenings of feature and documentary films, not previously presented in Ukraine.
The Equality festival has been established as the platform where culture, creativity and social activism can meet and connect in a variety of combinations. It is an annual event in the Ukraine, that can unite diverse people in their fight against prejudice and discrimination.
The film is directed by Farzana Boby and produced by Rubaiyat Hossain, and revolves around the narratives of three rape survivors of the Liberation War of 1971. Their voices have been resurrected from the agony of silence. This film portrays how the pain and stigma of rape kept haunting them long after liberation, even though the war had ended, and another one had begun in their personal lives. Women who fought and survived rape, are still struggling to gain a respectable existence in society. They are Birangonas – war heroines – yet they have to fight everyday for social approval. Ranjita Mandal blames patriarchy; Halima Khatun accuses the state, Rama Choudhury negates the idea of violence. They speak to break a silence after forty three years, and through their voices, a new part of our history and identity comes into light.
Bishkanta (The Poison Thorn) is a production of Khona Talkies.