The mission of the We Care Film Festival is to be “an advocacy tool that seeks to bring about attitudinal and behavioral changes on approaches to disability, promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, and rid people of misconceptions, myths and prejudices surrounding disability issues. The Festival seeks to promote the rights of persons with disabilities as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).”
With 67 entries from countries like US, Britain, Canada, Israel, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Australia and Nepal besides India, the festival will travel across 25 venues in India and four South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan over a period of five months.
Some of the places where the festival will travel to in India are the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), AYJ National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped and SNDT Women's University in Mumbai, Tezpur University in Assam and Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal University, in Karnataka.
The film festival was launched by Delhi-based NGO Brotherhood in 2003.
The eighth edition of the fest will be launched by Brotherhood, the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC), Unesco, the National Trust, which functions under the ministry of social justice and empowerment, and the Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT).
For additional information about the We Care Film Festival, visit the festival website here.