music director A R Rahman has said that films can make a positive
difference in the society. Inaugurating the four-day international
film festival, Ability Fest 2009, on Monday, the musician said that
such festivals would make a huge difference in the way the public
The organizers will screen over 30 movies that have gained
international recognition for their sensitive portrayal of
disability. As a maiden initiative, the fest also hosts 'Sixty
Seconds to Fame," a one-minute film competition to encourage
creative and inspired thinking on the theme of disability.
Actress Tabu was another notable participant, who said that
filmmakers should be more sensitive while portraying disability as
movies are an effective tool to change people"s perspective. U.S.
Consul-General, South India, Andrew T. Simkin said the divide
between the common man and persons with disabilities must vanish
and the world must grow more inclusive and disabled-friendly.
Calling it a non-competitive festival, festival chairperson
Jayshree Raveendran said that it was not to judge talent but an
attempt to accept people as they are. The films will be screened
from 10 a.m. at Sathyam Cinemas till October 15.