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Poster of the film turup. It has the title and a chessboard.

An inclusive screening of ‘Turup’

Mumbai, 11th October: Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star has associated with with Point of View, a Mumbai-based feminist non-profit, for an ‘Inclusive screening’ of Ektara Collective’s ‘Turup’ (Checkmate). Taking place on Saturday 14th October, it will be held at PVR Juhu, a fully accessible venue for people with disabilities.

In an effort to make cinema viewing an inclusive experience, the screening has been especially organized for people with visual impairment and other disabilities. It will take place in the presence of a narrator who will give a live narration of the silent visuals of the film, helping the attendees capture the complete essence of the film. It will also be attended by the escorts of the attendees, and activists working in the disability space. The screening is open to both visually impaired and sighted people, encouraging everyone to experience cinema in a new way.

This is the second year of Point of View’s association with Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, with last year seeing an Inclusive Screening of the film ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’ directed by Milind Dhaimade. This year’s film, ‘Turup’, is made by the Ektara Collective- a Bhopal-based independent, autonomous, non-funded and informal group of individuals, and uses Chess as a metaphorical background to explore religion, caste, class and gender in the tales of ordinary people from Bhopal’s working class settlements.

Speaking on the association, Nidhi Goyal, Program Director, Sexuality and Disability, Point of View, said, “It sounds surprising to many but it is true that there are many film lovers amongst us visually impaired persons too. What can make this movie-watching experience complete for us is just a basic accommodation to fill the visual silences. Audio description does just that- translates visuals into words! We are thrilled that after the success of the first inclusive screening with MAMI Mumbai Film Festival last year, we are back with another film, another experience of an inclusive screening for all.”

This association is a concrete effort in recognizing the ‘blind viewer’ in the audience, with that hope that it appeals to the film making community to make their movies accessible to all cinema lovers, whether visually impaired or not.

About Jio MAMI with Star
The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star is an inclusive movie feast. We showcase the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema – art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood and Hollywood and cult international movies. We offer the best of world cinema to the people of Mumbai and we offer the best of Indian cinema to the world. The festival is run by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image popularly known as MAMI. This is a space where we revel in the sheer pleasure of cinema, the joy it gives us and how much it enhances our lives. The goal is to nurture and ignite a passion for movies. We want Jio MAMI with Star to be shorthand for excellence in cinema.