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Gender in the Courtroom: Screening & discussion Bollywood film Pink

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Gender in the Courtroom: Screening & discussion of the critically acclaimed Bollywood film Pink

Please join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed Bollywood film, Pink, followed by a Q&A discussion with a panel of experts. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Pink (2016) is a courtroom drama that unfolds the events of a “girls’ night out,” which leads to three young women being charged with attempted murder. Their neighbour, a retired lawyer, steps into assist them. Through the courtroom debate that surrounds the night’s events and the alleged crime, the film raises some important questions about the moral policing of women’s behaviour, sexuality and consent, and women’s rights and dignity. Starring Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, the film has been widely acclaimed and won the 2016 National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.

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Dipa Rao is a Melbourne-based writer and IT professional who is passionate about issues of gender equity. She also works as a journalist for India Link covering gender violence issues. Her writing on domestic violence saw her selected as a finalist for the Our Watch Awards for Exemplary Reporting to End Violence against Women in 2017. Dipa has organised and acted in a theatre project that explored domestic violence narratives, run a workshop at Australia’s first anti dowry summit, and is currently collaborating on a documentary, ‘Geeta’, about an acid attack survivor in north India. She recently finished a community leadership course on family violence which she hopes will enable her to deepen her work with gendered violence in order to change minds and lives. When she’s not working, Dipa trains in Indian classical singing, buys more books than she can possibly read, and has recently taken to collecting succulents.

Dr. Amanda Gilbertson has been at the University of Melbourne, Australia, since 2014, previously as a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences and currently as Lecturer in Youth and Contemporary India at the Australia India Institute.

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Dr. Mridula Nath Chakraborty is Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute. A postcolonial studies literary scholar and translator, she contributes to cross-cultural advocacy and transnational creative networks through her projects like the Australia-India Literatures International Forum (Finalist at the Federal Government’s Australian Arts in Asia Awards 2013) and Literary Commons!: Writing Australia-India in the Asian century with Dalit, Indigenous and Multilingual Tongues (2014-2016). She is a Board Member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translator Inc., a core partner of the South Asia Diaspora International Researchers’ Network and Steering Committee member of the Monash-Warwick Alliance Migration, Identity and Translation Network. Mridula currently researches on feminism and sexualities, identity politics, Bombay cinema and culinary cultures. You can check out some of her work here and here.

Indira Laisram has more than 13 years’ experience as reporter and assistant editor at print, news agency and online media outlets in Delhi, India. She began her career with The Press Trust of India (PTI), and also worked with The Times of India and Businessworld magazine before moving to Australia in 2009. Published, among others, in The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age in London, Open and Businessworld magazines. Currently, she helps produce two magazines in Melbourne - The Indian Weekly and G'day India, while pursuing a part time Master's Degree in Social Policy from the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Amy Piedalue is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne. She studies gender, structural inequalities, regional modernities, and social movements in contemporary India and South Asian diasporas. Her work draws upon postcolonial and critical race feminisms to investigate the complex inequalities and social justice possibilities that shape activism responding to gendered violence in subaltern communities. Amy’s new project examines lived experiences of systemic inequalities and neighbourhood-level social and political mobilizations in Hyderabad – contributing to understandings of everyday social change, ‘quiet social movements,’ and subaltern politics in diverse urban contexts. Amy has published in Gender, Place and Culture, the Indian Journal of Gender Studies, and Films for the Feminist Classroom, and has a paper forthcoming in Feminist Studies.

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