SamaBhav International Travelling Film Festival on Gender Diversity and Inclusion
Bengaluru, Karnataka

SamaBhav International Travelling Film Festival on Gender Diversity and Inclusion

SamaBhav International Travelling Film Festival on Gender Diversity and Inclusion

SamaBhav, which means “equanimity”, is a first-of-its-kind, free-to-attend festival that showcases contemporary short, documentary and feature films about discrimination against women and other gender minorities. Toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia and the intersectionality of gender are among the topics covered by the selected films. SamaBhav International Travelling Film Festival is organised by Men Against Violence & Abuse.

Each leg of the festival features around 14 films. The screenings are often followed by stirring conversations with gender rights activists, filmmakers, academics and media personalities. The attendees include thousands of youths in universities and colleges in cities and rural districts across India. Past editions have at times included live performances of plays and poetry reading in addition to the screenings. The fourth and most recent edition travelled to Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dehradun, Ranchi, Lucknow and Bengaluru across India between February and August 2022.

Some of the prominent films to screened at the festival include Untying The Knot (Bangladesh), Natkhat (Documentary coproduced by Vidya Balan), Boys Who Like Girls (Finland-Norway) and The Mask You Live In (US). Notable speakers at the festival included actresses Sonali Kulkarni, Rajshri Deshpande and Vidya Balan, journalist Kalpana Sharma, transgender rights activists Gauri Sawant and Disha Pinki Shaikh and filmmakers Arunaraje Patil and Jeo Baby.

The fifth edition of the festival will be held between January and June 2023.

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The films, showcased at this unique non-ticketed film festival, are national and international short, feature and documentary films covering a range of gender themes – from gender-based discrimination on women to challenging toxic Masculinity to LGBTQIA matters, homophobia and transphobia and intersectionality of Gender. Facilitated discussions by gender rights activists, academicians and film-makers are organized post screenings at all venues. Young men, women and non-binary individuals ventilate and interact freely on topics that are often tabooed.  In view of all this, it is a ground-breaking initiative addressing a huge gap in the prevailing situation in India.

How to get there

The festival is held on two days in select tier 2 and tier 3 cities pan India, apart from rural districts. As the festival is held in universities, colleges and cultural spaces, interested audiences can freely travel via local bus / train / taxi / auto / metro to the venue destination. Alternatively, you can reach out to the festival organiser for queries regarding travel.


  • Non-smoking

Covid Safety

  • Limited capacity

Items and accessories to carry

1. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.

2. Comfortable footwear such as sneakers.

3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.

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