FINDING THEIR SPACE

FINDING THEIR SPACE

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FINDING THEIR SPACE:
A STUDY OF WOMEN DIRECTORS IN INDIAN CINEMA
 
Ó Shoma A. Chatterji  2008
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FINDING THEIR SPACE:

A STUDY OF WOMEN DIRECTORS IN INDIAN CINEMA

 
 Shoma A. Chatterji
 
 
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ÓShoma A. Chatterji  2008
  
 
Nowhere is the pattern of using male experience to define the human experience seen more clearly than in models of intellectual development. The mental processes that are involved in considering the abstract and the impersonal have been labelled 'thinking' and are attributed primarily to men, while those that deal with the personal and interpersonal fall under the rubric of 'emotions' and are largely relegated to women. The dichotomous 'either/or' thinking is too common to all patriarchal cultures where we are conditioned to view human beings as closed systems. This narrow perception leads to the conviction that the expenditure of energy in one part of the system inevitably results in its depletion elsewhere. Historically, it has been assumed that the development of women's intellectual potential would inhibit the development of their emotional capacities and that the development of men¡¦s emotional range would impair intellectual functioning. From the moment women gained footing in the intellectual world of academics, they sought to examine and dispel beliefs suggesting sexual polarities in intelligence and personality characteristics. Research and critical essays have focussed on the demonstration of women's intellectual competence, minimizing any differences that were found between the sexes. The focus has been on studying the intellectual capacities most often cultivated by men rather than on identifying aspects of intelligence and modes of thought that might be more common and highly developed in women.
 
 
 
Shoma A. Chatterji, film critic, journalist and author, won the National Award (1991) for Best Film Critic and the Best Film Critic Award from the Bengal Film Journalists¡¦ Association (1998.) Her book Parama and Other Outsiders ¡V The Cinema of Aparna Sen, won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in 2003. She won a research fellowship from the National Film Archive Pune in 2003-2004 and recently submitted her dissertation for her Senior Research Fellowship from PSBT (Public Service Broadcasting Trust) Delhi. She won the second prize in the Sahitya Akademi¡¦s Golden Short Story Translation Contest in 2007. She is awaiting the results of her Ph.D. thesis on Cinema in the History stream. The title of the thesis is Men Directors ¡V Women¡¦s Voice. She writes extensively on cinema and gender issues. She also covers media, human rights, development, child rights and contemporary issues in several print and electronic media publications across India. She has been on the panel of several Film Juries at International Film Festivals such as Mannheim-Heidelberg, St. Petersburg, Dona San Sebastian, etc. She has presented papers on television and cinema at Thessaloniki, Greece, Mannheim, Stuttgart and University of Heidelberg, Germany, School of Sound, London, and Asian Film Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Besides contributing to many edited compilations on Indian cinema, she has singly authored 16 published books on cinema, gender issues, short fiction and urban history. She currently contributes to The Statesman, The Tribune, Sahara Time, Screen, The Clean India Journal, Bride & Style, Tran World Features, South Asian Cinema and Film India Worldwide. She has been writing for 30 years and is based in Kolkata.
 
 
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