Days after writer-director Vidhu Vincent resigned from the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), the organisation has spoke back formally on its social media web page pronouncing that it has at all times stood by means of the ladies who reached out to it. WCC started its publish by means of declaring that it wish to sign in its unhappiness and dismay over the verdict of its founder member and colleague Vidhu Vincent to distance herself from the collective.
The first girls’s organisation in Malayalam cinema shaped in 2017 additionally mentioned that Vidhu had performed an essential component in shaping the collective from the time of its formation.
“We hold in high regard her interventions in strengthening the working mechanisms within the collective, supporting survivors to pursue legal cases, designing media strategies and liaising with government authorities. As a young and small collective surviving in a hostile environment, our members have had to really hold on to one another for strength. WCC’s three-year history has evidenced that sisterhood through many difficult times when our members have stood shoulder to shoulder to protect our Collective’s principles. We have individually had many attacks, but we have tried to learn from them as our cause is bigger than any one individual,” the commentary learn.
Talking about Vidhu’s resignation, WCC defined that it used to be her person choice and the collective admire it.
It added, “While we welcome her criticisms, the slander is unlucky. We are stunned on the allegations in opposition to the organisation as they had been by no means raised by means of her till this surprising resignation. We imagine reality and objectivity are key these days.
As Vidhu is conscious, WCC does no longer in any respect facilitate the making or promotion of any motion pictures or control who its contributors paintings with. As a collective we’ve got mentioned the pro and private conflicts that stand up for every people in running along our detractors in a small business, with out compromising the WCC. This topic used to be additionally mentioned within the context of Vidhu’s movie within the Managing Committee assembly on 15.9.19. The dialogue incorporated the person paintings associations of alternative contributors too. Since some contributors, together with Vidhu, had been absent, the topic used to be put aside for extra inputs and additional deliberations.The mins had been shared with all of the contributors.”
It additionally stated that many contributors had individually reached out to Vidhu a number of occasions over the past 12 months sensing her dis-engagement with the Collective. But none of the ones had been undoubtedly reciprocated.
“At no point was any explanation demanded from Vidhu, all we hoped was to re-engage with one of our once-most active colleagues. We just wish Vidhu had held on to the mutual trust and spoken her mind, as she, like every other member of the Collective is empowered to do. Further, WCC came together as a support and advocacy forum for women in Malayalam cinema and not as a grievance redressal cell. To all members’ knowledge including Vidhu, we have done our best to stand by the women who reached out to us and supported them to the extent of their journeys. True to the collective spirit, WCC’s managing committee comprises all founding members, including Vidhu, and we function in a lateral structure of teams with all work being done in a voluntary capacity. We are far from the ideal we seek to be, but powered by constructive criticism from within and outside WCC, we hope to evolve. We remain open to engaging in conversations with Vidhu that will strengthen WCC while respecting the safe space that we have all strived so hard to create,” it stated.
Wishing Vidhu the most efficient in her long term endeavours, the affiliation concluded by means of pronouncing, “As a feminist collective, we attempt to be informed from the studies of ladies and likewise be an inclusive and protected area for the articulation of a wide variety of voices. We cherish and search to additional a tradition of discussion and open dissent among our contributors who come from numerous social backgrounds.
We wish to recognize all those that have reached out to us right now and proceed to repose religion in WCC. Our buddies a few of the media and public, please know that we’re more potent as a result of your enhance.”
After resigning from WCC on July 4, Vidhu Vincent had accused the collective of ‘double requirements’. She published that she used to be sought a proof as to why her film, ‘Stand Up’, had B Unnikrishnan, director and Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) chairman whose closing film used to be with actor Dileep, because the manufacturer. Vidhu had additionally pointed arms at WCC member Parvathy pronouncing that she had approached Parvathy for a job in Stand Up however she used to be made to watch for six months until Vidhu selected to transport on.