Film bodies agree on internal panels to prevent harassment
Establishing internal committees in film production units and conducting awareness programs for employees are some of the steps taken by state film agencies to prevent violence against women in the industry. Malayalam cinema.
Representatives of various film bodies informed a workshop on “Women’s Inclusion and Professionalism in Malayalam Cinema” that necessary measures would be taken to ensure the safety of women in film.
The four-day workshop which ended on Sunday was organized by the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation for the Department of Women and Child Development to increase professionalism in the audiovisual sector and make it women friendly . The technical session on the last day also covered the Sexual Harassment of Women in the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redress) Act 2013 (POSH Act).
Film producer Ranjith pledged producers’ full cooperation in implementing measures to prevent harassment of women. The lack of a single film workplace was a major hurdle, he said, pointing out that multiple films were being shot at the same time and people were working on multiple sets at the same time. How to actually implement the law needed to be considered. Awareness programs should be organized for production controllers who were in charge of sets, he said.
Women in Cinema Collective representative Bina Paul said there might be practical difficulties, but there was no reason not to implement the law. Every film set should have an internal committee. These should look not only at major issues, but also at minor issues. There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) Secretary General Edavela Babu said AMMA had formed an internal committee. However, there was a need for an internal committee for the entire film industry, he said.
Kerala Women’s Commission Chairperson P. Satheedevi pointed out that AMMA was only an association and the responsibility of its internal committee was to deal with complaints from AMMA members. Each film unit should have an internal committee. The producers’ association should provide guidance in this regard to each production unit. They should take the position that a movie would only get the green light if an internal committee was put in place.
Let the internal committee show up first, then the issues therein could be resolved, said Sohan Seenulal of the Kerala Cinema Employees Federation. Every film production would need a committee. In addition to solving the problems faced by women related to harassment, those related to the lack of basic facilities such as toilets and travel faced by junior artists or assistant directors must also be solved, he said. declared.
Actors Parvathy Thiruvothu, Rima Kallingal, Maala Parvathi, Sajitha Madathil and Cuckoo, along with experts and representatives of film organizations attended the online session. KSWDC Managing Director VC Bindu spoke.