Thala Ajith's rural film Viswasam hit the big screens on January 10th as a Pongal festive treat for fans and the movie went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters in the industry. Viswasam, directed by Siva was widely celebrated by the family audience and is a personal favourite for many. Ajith, Nayanthara, and Anamika's performance were widely praised and D Imman's music played an important role in the movie's success. Viswasam was produced by TG Thyagarajan, Sendhil Thyagarajan, and Arjun Thyagarajan under the banner Sathya Jyothi Films. And now as a pleasing gesture, Viswasam has been picked out to be played at the AbilityFEST2019 India International Film Festival.

Viswasam

AbilityFEST aims to present sensitive, thought-provoking films on disability while at the same time underlining the importance of accessible cinema through subtitled and captioned films, audio described films and accessible venues. Viswasam has been especially audio described for blind people and will be screened at 4 pm on Wednesday 11 September at the popular Seasons, Sathyam Cinemas.

Speaking at the function, Jayshree Raveendran, Founder & Hon Executive Director Ability Foundation said,

"At Ability Foundation, we try to make inroads in every walk of life, because we believe that a disabled person's place is everywhere. In the last eight editions of AbilityFEST, we are happy to have made a positive difference in the world of cinema."

AbilityFEST2019 India International Film Festival was inaugurated at Sathyam Cinemas on Monday 9th September 2019. Now in its eighth edition, the festival features fifty films from 18 countries, films by, with and about persons with disabilities. The inaugural screening featured two highly acclaimed films. Ian, a moving story, a short animation film from Argentina, has been making waves the world over for its powerful message of inclusion. The main feature for the evening was Chuskit. This 2018 film by Priya Ramasubban is the heartwarming story of a high-spirited paraplegic girl in a Himalayan village who dreams of going to school.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Swaroop Reddy, Regional Director, PVR Cinemas said,

"It is always a pleasure to work with the Ability Foundation and we are delighted to be hosting the film festival this year too. This association not only provides us with an opportunity to screen some International Films but also helps us drive our initiative "Cinema for Everyone", a concept, which aims to create a more inclusive movie-viewing environment. I thank Jayshree and the team for making this possible and we look forward to the possibility of extending this across other properties in the coming years."

2019 marks the 25th year of Ability Foundation's work. As a national organisation working on the rights and empowerment, our goal is total inclusion for all persons with disabilities in mainstream society.