To mark the International Women’s Day, the National Film Archives of India (NFAI), Pune, will organise a Women’s Film Festival from March 9–11. The festival will pay tribute to Sridevi with a special screening.

This will be the 9th edition of the festival being jointly organised by NFAI, Aashay Film Club and the AAYAM Group of Women in Media. The theme of this year’s edition is Travelling Women. The festival will be inaugurated at 4.30 PM, Friday. The AAYAM group will felicitate travel blogger Ritu Harish Goyal for her evocative writings on the subject of travel, according to a statement issued by the PIB. The festival will open with Sidney Pollack’s Out Of Africa, featuring Meryl Streep.

On March 10, the festival will screen Balu Mahendra’s Tamil film Moondram Pirai, in remembrance of actor Sridevi who died last month.

The film featuring Kamal Haasan and Sridevi was remade into Hindi as Sadma. In what is regarded as one of her best performances, Sridevi plays as a woman suffering from retrograde amnesia in the film.
The festival will feature other acclaimed films including Away We Go, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Wild. The closing film is Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Roberts. Before the closing film, Zelam Chaubal of Kesari Tours and Shubhada Joshi of Girikand Travels will share their travelling experiences.

On March 8, the NFAI will host a special event “Parikathe til Rajkumari”, and screen audiovisual clips paying tribute to women in Indian cinema, from the birth of Indian cinema till the 1960s. The event will feature commentary by film expert Sulabha Ternikar, along with Vandana Kulkarni and Usman Shaikh.

All films will be screened with English subtitles. Entry to the festival is free for all.