Introduction video by an organization WCC – Women in Cinema Collective

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There are several women from the WCC speak on what the collective stands for right from the director Anjali Menon to the actress Manju Wrrier and Parvathy.  This WCC, the Woman in Cinema Collective was established in the early months of this year. This took place after the prominent actor from Malayalam film industry assaulted and abducted.  They come up with a video that speaks about what the group stands for.

Film organizations like AMMA organization and some others scrambled to defend actor Dileep. He is accused of being the mastermind behind the conspiracy which led to the attack. This WCC has staunchly stood by the survivor. The WCC has also met with criticism for “not doing anything”. But there are some pros and cons for every rise, some actors from the industry said that they see that there is no use with such organizations as they have never faced any harassing situations.

The team of WCC released a video titled ‘WCC introduction’. The video starts with the director Anjali Menon. Anjali also says that there is a need to create an environment where men and women can work together happily and can expect safety, security and opportunity equally.

The director Geethu Mohandas addressed why others are not invited to be a part of this WCC. She says that “The truth of the matter is we invited ourselves. We empowered each other from different  creative fields  and  walks of life. This is our strength”. She also said that the change is required and that must happen now.

In this video, screen writer Deedi Damodaran, the actor and director Sajitha Madathil, Revathy-director and actor speaks about the need of women to take charge and work towards equality in each part of the world in every aspect.

Actor Rma Kallingal says that women of some sections realized that instead of following someone else and telling them how to go about it is of no use and now it’s time to start thinking and acting for themselves.

Collective will give a sense of unity to not just women in the Malayalam industry but all over the country, says the editor and the director of Malayalam movies Bina Paul. Some other artists like screenwriters Vidhu Vincent and Dr Asha Anchy Joseph point out that the Collective is also about recognising gender inequality and stereotypes that are propagated in the name of cinema. Vidhu adds at the end that there is no meaning in being afraid of man.  The WCC team is working with the support of male allies within the industry.

Screenwriter and director Sreebala K Menon says that  the role of women in 90 years of Malayalam cinema came to be known to the world. Actor Padmapriya felt thatit takes long time for organisations like the WCC to change rigid social ideas.

Screenwriter Indhu Nampoothiri notes that WCC is interested in seeing how they can contribute towards making this social change. Actors like Parvathy and Ramya Nambessan, and singer Sayanora Philip refer to the survivor’s courage and they will to not give up.  And also said that the WCC was formed to ensure no other woman undergoes what she had to.

WCC was established with a motto to change the cinema industry to a space where a woman can work with dignity and that the gender sensitivity that they expect to see on screen should also be reflected in how cinema is made. These views were shared by the cinematographer Fowzia Fathima and director Soumya Sadanand.

At the end of the video actors Manju Warrier and Rima Kallingal said that the woman in film industry who believes in the ideology of WCC standards will always have a warm welcome to join this team and moreover they are looking forward to the support of alies.

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