Monday, June 29, 2015

STAYFREE® HOSTS PANEL DISCUSSION TO BREAK THE SILENCE AROUND MENSTRUATION HYGIENE IN INDIA Stayfree® commits to the cause by educating 100 million young girls in India by 2018 on menstrual hygiene and protection



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STAYFREE® HOSTS PANEL DISCUSSION TO BREAK THE SILENCE AROUND MENSTRUATION HYGIENE IN INDIA
Stayfree® commits to the cause by educating 100 million young girls in India by 2018 on menstrual hygiene and protection



Mumbai, May 28, 2015: Stayfree®, India’s leading women’s health and hygiene brand hosted a panel discussion on India’s least-spoken about social topic, menstruation, on occasion of ‘Menstrual Hygiene and Education Week’ with an aim to spread awareness around the need for educating young girls and women about menstrual hygiene. Following the panel discussion, Stayfree® also announced the launch of its free educational YouTube channel that will assist women in getting a better understanding about menstruation.

Panelists included experts and well-known personalities in their fields such as Gul Panag, Actress, Activist & Former Beauty Queen; Dr. Anita Soni, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital; Sinu Joseph, Counselor & Menstrual Hygiene Educator and Lina Ashar, Founder & Chairperson of Kangaroo Kids Education who shared relevant anecdotes and insights on the topic.

Good menstrual hygiene is a critical indicator of the holistic progress of women, socially and economically, because there is a very strong connection between hygienic menstrual practices and overall health. In India, despite the economic progress that has been made in the last several years, over 80% of women still do not have access to adequate sanitary protection during menstruation. In India, feminine hygiene and menstruation, being a sensitive topic, is not discussed openly, and women often continue to harbor myths and misconceptions about it, since no one amongst their family and friends is able to educate them. Additionally, mothers are often not in a position to guide their daughters correctly, since their own knowledge is limited. Over time, unhygienic practices due to low awareness and education levels can adversely impact the health and productivity of these women. According to the report, awareness on basic health and feminine hygiene in India is very low, with 75% rural women lacking adequate knowledge on menstrual hygiene and care.
"We strongly believe that education dispels fear and prepares young girls to recognize menstruation as being a natural process and face it with confidence” stated Ganesh Bangalore, General Manager - Marketing, Consumer Business, at Johnson & Johnson India. “That’s why Stayfree isINVESTING behind educating 100 million young girls in India over the next 3 years."
Speaking during the panel discussion, Gul Panag shared, “Menstruation is a natural process and is not something that a woman or girl should be embarrassed about. During my growing up years and even today, I see women and girls shying away from mentioning the ‘M’ word. Women try and come up with innovative ways to state the word in public, but you don’t see a man cringing publicly or feeling sorry about what he wants to say. And all this shushing and discouragement is affecting women and girls basic right to get educated on a topic that is a monthly occurrence till they reach menopause. I feel strongly about a women’s right to educate herself and applaud Stayfree for holding this discussion.”
Dr. Anita Soni, Obstetrics & Gynecology consultant at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, stated that “Today, almost every household will have at least one woman or girl who suffers from irregularities in her menstrual cycle but the reported cases will be few due to the stigma associated with talking openly about the red-letter day. Most women and girls do not understand or give as much importance to their menstrual issues, hence a lot of women do not follow simple hygienic practices like use of sanitary napkins or the right usage of same”
Ms. Sinu Joseph, Counselor & Menstrual Hygiene educator, spoke about the need to start talking about menstruation. According to her, “When we don’t talk about it, we do not think enough about our body and miss the signs when we need attention. While education about menstrual hygiene is important, it is even more important to stop looking at menstruation as a disease needing a cure. Menstruation is the most ancient and reliable tool for women to assess their health and well-being, naturally. Beginning to respect your menstrual cycle is the first step towards being healthy. Menstrual Hygiene should be addressed at homes, schools, community centers, health centers, women hostels and at the work place.”

Lina Ashar, Founder & Chairperson of Kangaroo Kids Education, stated that, “Menstruation is not something that a girl needs to feel ashamed of. It is essential for schools to understand and make requisite arrangements so that a girl student need not skip school due to menstruation or drop out completely as soon as she reaches puberty. After all, it is a natural biological process and needs to be seen as such. There is nothing “dirty” or “unclean” about it; let’s stop treating it as a life-threatening contagious disease.”

About Stayfree®

Stayfree® is a brand of feminine hygiene products in the Johnson & Johnson Women’s Health Care Products division. Stayfree® enjoys a long heritage of being an innovator in the sanitary protection category, creating products that provide superior protection with an eye towards helping women feel totally comfortable during their period.  In India, Stayfree® offers multiple variants at varied price points that cater to different consumer needs. Apart from delivering innovative products for women in India, it has been at the forefront of imparting education and creating awareness about menstrual hygiene through various platforms and interventions. To know more about Stayfree®, please visitwww.stayfreeindiablog.com

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6th Jagran Film Festival to open with ‘MASSAN’

6th Jagran Film Festival to open with ‘MASSAN’



India, 22nd June 2015: The sixth edition of the Jagran Film Festival takes off on July 1, 2015 this year with India’s high profile entry in Cannes Film Festival ‘MASAAN’ directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and starring Sanjay Mishra, Richa Chaddha and Shweta Tiwary.

Torn between tradition and modernity the film follows the stories of several individuals in Benares, the holy city on the banks of the Ganges, reserves a cruel punishment for those who play with moral traditions. Deepak, a young man from a poor neighborhood, falls hopelessly in love with a young girl from a different caste. Devi, a young student who’s gone off the rails, is tortured by feelings of guilt following the disappearance of her first lover. Devi’s father Pathak, a victim of police corruption, has lost his moral compass because of money, while a young boy, Jhonta, is in search of a family. These characters are all seeking a better future, whilst buffeted between the demands of modern life and an attachment to tradition. And their paths are about to cross.

Winner of two prestigious awards the FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics prize and Promising Future prize in the Un Certain Regard section, ‘MASAAN’ has received wide critical acclaim globally. While Jay Weissberg of Variety writes, “A ';Promising Future'; prize in Cannes should help this narratively challenged drama of two families trapped in the strictures of India’s rigid caste system”, Deborsh Young of Hollywood Reporter describes it as “India’s modern and traditional sides face off in two interlocking love stories.”

A collaborative effort of Phantom Films, Drishyam, Macassar Productions, Pathe, Sikhya Entertainment and Arte Cinema, France,  ‘Masaan’ will be presented on July 1, 2015 evening by Neeraj Ghaywan and the star cast of the film to the festival delegates personally. Manoj Srivastava, the Festival’s Strategic Consultant says, “It’s a matter of pride to open the festival with such a prestigious and worthy film. MASAAN is just the beginning; the festival has a lot in store for film delegates this year which would be revealed over the next few days...”

The Film Festival begins in New Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditoria and presents a wide ranging Indian and foreign Cinema with specially curated sections on thematic lines. “MASAAN’ an official entry in the Festival will compete for the Indian Showcase Awards.

·         Dates: Wednesday, 1st July’2015 – Sunday, 5th July’2015
·         Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi
·         Time: 10.00 am onwards
·         Registrations: www.jff.co.in

6th Jagran Film Festival From July 1 to July 5, 2015, Workshops and Schedules

Workshops at 6th Jagran Film Festival fulfill film lovers’ skill wish-list
~ From July 1 to July 5, 2015, industry stalwarts address workshops at the Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi ~

Mumbai, June 24th, 2015: Jagran Film Festival is back in its sixth edition and it is raining reasons to attend and make the most of the experiences in store at India’s largest film festival. Besides offering a glimpse of the world cinema, this year’s festival has an enriching lineup of workshops, master classes and sessions that are hard to miss.

Committed to nurturing the budding film talent in India, Jagran Film Festival brings a series of value-adding workshops for aspiring film makers, budding script writers, and cinematographers as well as for anyone with a curious mind and keen heart for films.
The 6th edition of Jagran Film Festival has partnered with veteran Film maker Subhash Ghai’s prestigious film school Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, in a fresh initiative to take film education to often ignored small towns of India. Often international film festivals have been accused of their ‘highbrow’ attitude, missing out on small towns. This initiative by the veteran Director-Producer-Academician will bridge the gap between small towns and metropolitan cities as far as exposure to film education is concerned.
As ‘Master Classes Partner’ of the Jagran Film Festival, the faculty of Whistling Woods International will travel to meet and teach the student community and budding film makers across 17 cities of India conducting Workshops, Short duration Courses, Master Classes, Question and Answer sessions with film personalities. In some of the cities covered by the Festival, Subhash Ghai will make a personal appearance and reach out to prospective film makers. These workshops and Master Classes will range from general to technical subjects with a view to impart ‘spot exposure’ to prospective film makers.

-          Screenwriting Workshop with Anjum Rajabali: A 2-hour workshop delves into the knowledge of basic storytelling principles combined with an understanding of the form & rhythms of the screenplay. Anjum Rajabali in her proven ways will cover the entire journey of the script from theme, premise, character, and plot, to structure, scene construction, and dialogue, and the use of music and song in Indian script.
-          Q&A with Anjum – An hour worth of chit-chat, dispelling doubts, queries and all the curiosity a novice screen-writer has before entering the endless world of creative expression on the big screen.
-          Q&A with Subhash Ghai – 90 minutes of pure expert speak simmered with real life anecdotes from the veteran director’s prolific film career. The session with Subhash Ghai besides being inspiring, takes every participant into the world of films from a filmmaker’s point of view and offers a blueprint of what this thriving medium has in store for those who possess a vision to portray a film idea onto the silver screen.
-          Still Photography workshop by Krishhna Murthy: It’s Krishhna Murthy’s camera, lenses and some magic with light that delights those with a camera and inspires those without one to explore a world where a picture is worth a thousand words. From digital photography, camera operation to handling techniques and light tricks, it is time to discreetly open up one’s creative side and let stills do the talking.
-          How Films are made by Somnath Sen: A walk down the film-making lane withan opportunity to gather nitty gritties all along the way, with Somnath Sen of Leela (2002), Faisla (2005) and Gora (2012) fame. Through this 90 minutes workshop, film lovers learn the nuts and bolts of film making spanning the entire gamut from ideation till its execution – all this from a film-maker’s lens itself.
With such an all-rounded medley of workshops, 6th Jagran Film Festival is a film feast and crash course on films packed in one.
The 2015 edition of Jagran Film Festival will traverse from Delhi to the Indian hinterlands of Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal before culminating in Mumbai.  In close collaboration with festival partners such as Whistling Woods International (WWI), Film Federation of India (FFI) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the 2015 edition is all set to surpass its own last benchmarks of presenting over 16 cinema appreciation workshops, 400 screenings in 17 cities, that were witnessed by a direct audience of more than 50000 film aficionados and a media reach-out to nearly 50 million people in India in 2014.
For workshop registrations and more information on the complete schedule of events, ticket prices, etc., please visitwww.jff.co.in.
·         Dates: Wednesday, 1st July’2015 – Sunday, 5th July’2015
·         Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi
·         Time: 10.00 am onwards



JAGRAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
Screening Schedule
SIRI FORT AUDITORIUM 3

DATE/DAY/SLOT
10.00 A.M.
12.30 NOON
2.15 P.M.
4.30 P.M.
6.30 P.M.
8.00 P.M.

1 JULY 2015
WEDNESDAY
CHITCHOR
Dir: Basu Chatterjee
Hindi/ Mins/EST/India/1976/IR

DOSTI
Dir: Satyen Bose
Hindi/ 163 Mins/EST/India/1964/IR

DOSTI
Continues
NO SHOW
NO SHOW
HAIDER
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
160 Mins/Hindi/EST/India/IS

2 JULY 2015
THURSDAY
JEEWAN MRITYU
Dir: Satyen Bose
Hindi/ Mins/EST/India/1970/IR

AADIM VICHAR
Dir: Sabyasachi Mohapatra
115 Mins./Oriya//EST/India /2014/IS



KALIPPATTAKAARAN
(TOYMAKER)
Dir: Shinos Rahman
Malayalam/ 85Mins/EST/India /2014/IS
2.30 P.M.


GONE WITH THE WIND
English/ 238 Mins/USA /1942/Happiness
6.00 P.M.

GONE WITH THE WIND
continues
3 JULY 2015
FRIDAY
ANAND
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Hindi/123minutes/EST/India/ 1971/ Happiness

HUNTTER
Director: Harshavardhan Kulkarni
141 Mins/Hindi/EST/India/2015/IS
ZED PLUS
Hindi/ Mins/EST/2014/SS

GODS
Director: Lukasz Palkowski
112 Mins/Polish/EST/Poland/2015
WP
CHOTODER CHOBI
Dir: Kaushik Ganguly
Bengali/ 118 Mins/EST/India /2015
DRIVING MISS DAISY

4 JULY 2015
SATURDAY
BAWARCHI
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Hindi/130minutes/EST/  India/ 1972/Happiness

ASHA JAOAR MAJHE
(Labour of Love)
84 Mins.//Bengali/EST/2015/IS

MERA NAAM JOKER
Director: Raj Kapoor
255 Mins/Hindi/EST/1970  /Happiness

MERA NAAM JOKER
continues
POSTMAN'S WHITE NIGHTS
Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
101 Mins/Russian/EST/2014/
WP
6.00 P.M.
BOMBAY VELVET
Director: Anurag Kashyap
149 Mins./Hindi/EST/India/2015
7.45 P.M.
5 JULY 2015
SUNDAY
GUIDE
Director: Vijay Anand
Hindi/183 minutes/EST/ India/1965/Happiness
TBI: Suniel Anand
LAJWANTI
Director: Pushpendra Singh
63 Mins./Hindi/EST/India/2014/IS
SHREW'S NEST
Director: Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel 
Mins/Spanish/EST/Spain/2014/WP
BADLAPUR
Hindi/135 Mins/EST/India /2015/IS
KAAKKAA MUTTAI
Director: M Manikandan
109 Mins/Tamil/EST/2014/IS
6.00 P.M.
VIKTORIA
Director: Maya Viktova
155 Mins/Bulgarian/EST/Bulgaria/2015/WP
Sundance, Busan, BFI
7.45 P.M.





JAGRAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
SCREENING SCHEDULE
SIRI FORT AUDITORIUM 2

DATE/DAY/SLOT
9.30 A.M.
12.00NOON
2.00 P.M.
4.30 P.M.
6.15 P.M.
8.15 P.M.

1 JULY 2015
WEDNESDAY
NO SHOW
NO SHOW
NO SHOW
NO SHOW
Inaugural Ceremony &
MASAAN
(The Opening Film)
Dir: Neeraj Ghaywan
Hindi/103 Mins/EST/India/2015
6.00 P.M.
(Entry by Invites only)

ARGO
English/ 120 Mins/USA /2012/CF
2 JULY 2015
THURSDAY
3 IDIOTS
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
170 Mins./Hindi-English/EST/India/2009/Happiness

THE TWO WOMEN
Director: Vera Glagoleva 
100 Mins. Russian/EST/Russia/2015/WP
THE GOLDEN ERA
Director: Ann Hui
177 Mins/Mandarin/EST/China-Hong Kong/WP
GOUR HARI DASTAN: THE FREEDOM FILE
Director: Ananth Mahadevan
Hindi/114 Mins/EST/India/2014/SS -OOC

DUM LAGA KE HAISHA
Director: Sharat Katariya
Hindi/ Min/EST/India/2015/IS
LOREAK
Director: Jon Garaño
99 Mins/Spanish/EST/Spain/2015/WP
3 JULY 2015
FRIDAY
AAROHI
Director: Arup Manna
Mins/Assamese/EST/2015/IS

BRAHMIN BULLS
/ 96 Mins/ English /USA /2013/SS
THE MUD WOMAN
Director:Sergio Castro San Martín
92 Mins/Spanish/EST/ Chile- Argentina/ 2015/WP
BRIDGEND
Director: Jeppe Rønde
95 Mins/English/Denmark-UK-USA/2015/WP

BIRDMAN: OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
English/119 Mins/USA/2014/CF
SAARI RAAT
Director: Aparna Sen
82 Mins/Hindi/EST/India/2015
(Special Screening)/OOC

4 JULY 2015
SATURDAY
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
Italian, German, English/116 Mins/EST/Italy /1997/Happiness

NH 10
Dir: Navdeep Singh
Hindi/115 Mins/EST/India /2015

PK
Director:Rajkumar Hirani
Hindi/153 Mins/EST/India/2014/IS

MARGARITA WITH A STRAW
Director: Shonali Bose,Nilesh Maniyar
Hindi/100 Mins/EST/India/2015/IS

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Director: Gabriele Muccino
117 minutes/English/USA/2006/Happiness

FUDDU
Director: Sunil Subramani
118 Mins /Hindi   /EST/2015/
World Premiere
5 JULY 2015
SUNDAY

PIKU
Director: Shoojit Sarkar
125 Mins/Hindi/EST/India/2015/IS
DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY!
Director: Dibakar Bannerjee
Hindi/139 Mins/EST/India/2015/IS



Closing Film
7.30 P.M.
(Entry by Invites only)





JAGRAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
SCREENING SCHEDULE
SIRI FORT AUDITORIUM 4

DATE/DAY/SLOT
10.30 A.M.
12.00 Noon
2.30P.M.
4.00 P.M.
5.00 P.M.
6.00 P.M.
7.30 P.M.
1 JULY 2015
WEDNESDAY
NO SHOW
NADIYA KE PAAR
Hindi/ Mins/EST/India/1982/IR

IN CONVERSATION WITH AJAY BRAHMATMAJ

NO SHOW
NO SHOW
MAINE PYAR KIYA
Director: Sooraj Barjatya
8.00 P.M.
2 JULY 2015
THURSDAY
MASTER CLASS
SAARANSH
Hindi/ 137 Mins/EST/India /1984/IR

SADAK
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
134 minutes/Hindi/EST/India/1991/Homage Sadashiv Amrapurkar

SADAK
continues
JAGRAN SHORTS

IN CONVERSATION WITH AJAY BRAHMATMAJ

SAWAN K0 AANE DO
Dir: Kanak Mishra
Hindi/ Mins/EST/India /1979/IR

3 JULY 2015
FRIDAY
BAGHBAN
Director: Ravi Chopra
181 Mins./Hindi/EST/2003/Homage - Ravi Chopra

BAGHBAN
continues
MASTER CLASS
Screenwriting Workshop - Anjum Rajabali or Ashwini Malik
Q&A with Filmmaker
JAGRAN SHORTS
IN CONVERSATION WITH MAYANK SHEKHAR

EK BAAR KAHO
Director: Lekh Tandon
Mins/Hindi/EST/India/1980/IR
4 JULY 2015
SATURDAY
MASTER CLASS
Still Photography workshop

MASTER CLASS
Still Photography workshop
Continued
Q&A with Subhash Ghai
FINDING MONEY FOR FILMS
PRESENTATION BY MPDA on APSA Grant for film makers
TOP SHORTS 2015
5.30 P.M. Onwards
IN CONVERSATION WITH MAYANK SHEKHAR

AARTI
Director: Phani Majumdar
156 Mins./Hindi/EST/1962/IR
5 JULY 2015
SUNDAY
MASTER CLASS
How Films are made - Somnath Sen or Chaitanya
UPHAAR
Director: Sudhendu Roy
Mins/Hindi/EST/1980/IR

EK DUJE KE LIYE
Director:K Balachander
Hindi/163 minutes/EST/India
/1981/Homage -  K Balachander

EK DUJE KE LIYE
continues



TOP SHORTS 2015
IN CONVERSATION WITH MAYANK SHEKHAR

SAUDAGAR
Hindi/ 131 Mins/EST/India/1973/IR





AMERICAN CENTER AUDITORIUM
KASTURBA GANDHI MARG
NEW DELHI

DATE/DAY/SLOT
4.00 P.M.
6.30 P.M.
1 JULY 2015
WEDNESDAY
FORREST GUMP
2 JULY 2015
THURSDAY
ROCKY
3 JULY 2015
FRIDAY
CHICAGO
4 JULY 2015
SATURDAY
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS


ALL FILMS ARE SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE
·          WP- World Panorama
·          H- Happiness
·          IS-Indian Showcase
·          IR-Indian Retrospective (Tarachand Barjatya)
·          ICS-International Competition for Shorts)
·          CF- Country Focus (USA)
·          JS- Jagran Shorts
·          SS-Special Screening
·          OOC-Out of Competition
·          TS-Top Shorts (A collection of award winning short films from Berlin, Sundance and Clermont Ferrand.
·          EST- English Subtitles
·          Screening are limited to Delegates/ Audience of age 18+ only
·          Seats for all Audience on First come First serve only
·          Schedule is subject to Change without prior notice

·          Rights of Entry Reserved by Jagran Film Festival