On The Spectrum, a short film highlighting how individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are also subject to social apathy and institutional antipathy, besides facing the health and lifestyle challenges that come with the disorder made by students and faculty of FLAME University, Pune is India’s only entry in its category to 4th edition of the Health For All Film Festival (HAFF) by World Health Organization (WHO).
The short film has been directed, shot, and edited by FLAME University’s undergraduate student, Sharif Khan, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film’s music. The cinematic production was undertaken through the collaborative efforts of the students, who oversaw the cinematography, editing, music, composition, voice-over, graphics, and casting. Seema Ganjoo and Ashita Narang provided expert guidance. The film was co-produced by FLAME University and Prof. Gangaraju Saladi, Faculty of Film and Television Management, FLAME University.
On The Spectrum, which bested 15 other films in the category to be shortlisted fand competing for the Grand Prize along with the Student Film Prize, is a powerful attempt to build awareness about autism, dispel some of the prevalent misconceptions around it, and draw attention to the institutional and economic discriminations faced by people on the spectrum and their caregivers.
The film can also be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xPwFil4ewMk
This year, out of almost 800 entries from across 106 countries, only 93 films were shortlisted and put into different categories. These films will be evaluated by a panel of international artists and development leaders