Archive for the ‘Docs’ Category

Genetic Engineering in food and farming- Film Fest

Festival of films on ‘Genetic Engineering in food and farming’ on June 11th and 12th, 2010 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Ashirvad, Bangalore.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES-Karim Nagar Doc Festival

The FOURTH annual






seeks documentaries, short films of any length and format for our 2010 festival taking place in JANUARY 28-31,2010 at KARIMNAGAR, ANDHRA PRADESH.

Festival consists of  competitive section for the PALAPITTA  AWARDS (INDIA ROLLER) for


In the competitive section two PALAPITTA AWARDS for the short and documentary films separately. Winners will be presented Rs.10, 000=00(Rupees ten thousand), Shawl, Memento and a citation as first prize and Rs5000.00 (Rupees five thousand) Shawl, Memento and a citation as second prize for the two categories separately..



GW international documentary fellowships

the documentary center

GW Documentary felllowship is an innovative program at The George Washington University to bring the work of emerging international documentary filmmakers to the world stage .  Twenty selected film makers  will be invited to participate this year.

The program, part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Media and Public Affairs, is designed for filmmakers from countries in which the traditional public or private infrastructure for the production and distribution of documentaries does not currently exist. The fellowship encourages the artistic and technical development of filmmakers, heightens the awareness of their work with program executives from the United States and other Western broadcast outlets and fosters an international dialogue to enhance non-fiction filmmaking throughout the world.

Those selected will make two films on location in Washington, D.C., and New York City using the advanced video technology housed at The Documentary Center. Fellows will meet with top U.S. broadcast executives and will share their work with filmmakers across the U.S. In addition, this year’s program will feature a “Teacher Engagement Project” to encourage area secondary school teachers to use international documentaries in their classes. There also will be opportunities for the public to interact with the filmmakers through programs and events throughout the fellowship period.

Please visit The Documentary Center for application information and more on the Fellowship.  The application deadline is December 4, 2009.For more information about GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, visit

docedge-10 workshop


Asian Documentary Forum
The 7th edition of docedge International Documentary Workshop

will take place from 12th to 17th of January, 2010

at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, India.
This edition of docedge aims to create a platform for intense dialogue on Asian socio-political reality as seen and interpreted by filmmakers through this 3rd Asian Documentary Forum.

The authors will present their new documentary ideas for feedback, input, guidance and possible fund/co-pro support. The workshop includes three days of tutoring and two days of pitching session with a panel of international commissioning editors. Maximum of 24 projects will be critically discussed, tutored and finally pitched to the distinguished panel. A team of internationally acknowledged professionals will train filmmakers through project development clinics and pitch labs in a warm and caring environment where you further improve your ideas and visual pitch.
The last date of submission of projects for consideration is 10th November 2009.

Please log on to for online application and further details.

Meat the truth- Indian premiere


watch the Indian premiere of ‘Meat The Truth’ on October 24th,

on the day of the International day of Climate Action at

CED (Centre for Education and Documentation)

in association with IYCN (Indian Youth Climate Network), FIAPO (Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations) , and

Time : 5:15 pm onwards
Location : CED (Centre for Education and Documentation)
Street: No.7, 8th main, 3rd phase, Domlur 2nd stage, Bangalore- 560071
Ph. 25353397

choti si asha………….

choti siThe documentary film Chhoti Si Asha shows how teaching school dropouts computer skills can help them find new livelihood opportunities-

chhoti si asha

If a graph of the lives of Delhi-based Sanjay Kumar, Jyothi Kumari, Shabnam Hassan, Sunita Rajput and Pooja Kushwaha, among others, were to be plotted, they would all run parallel to each other. Starting with a tiny dot right at the bottom, indicating their impoverished status just a year ago, the curve would rise to a point where they can all proudly claim to have become self-sufficient earning members of Indian society, thanks to their newfound ability to use a computer.

How did this come about?

As can be seen from Usha Albuquerque’s 30-minute documentary titled Chhoti Si Asha, produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PBST), the remarkable turnaround was due to the efforts of the Habitat Learning Centre (HLC) that has its offices in New Delhi.

Not a film on the HLC per se, the documentary peeps into the lives of several youngsters who had no hope of either finding a job to sustain themselves or to become successful entrepreneurs. “My father died when I was still a child, and my mother wasn’t able to earn enough to support our family of three people, including my sister. Therefore I dropped out of school in Class VIII and began to help my sister stitch clothes for the women in our area. I also started giving private tuitions to supplement this meagre income. And then, one day, I came across a lady from the HLC who said that I could learn how to use a computer for free,” says Shabnam. Today, Shabnam is studying mass communications at a reputed college in Delhi and wants to become a broadcast media journalist.

For Sanjay, his growing years as a teenager had no meaning other than trying his hand at odd jobs to help sustain his parents and six siblings. His maximum earnings every month did not exceed Rs 1,000. Then, the world of computers opened up a door to entrepreneurship. Sanjay now runs his own Avsar Computer School. “Learning how to operate a computer changed my life and I want to do the same for others. What I have realised is that those without computer skills will have no place in tomorrow’s world. There will come a day when even autorickshaw drivers will necessarily have to learn computers,” he says.

Pooja’s story is no different from the others. Earlier, she would not even dare to dream beyond her job as a petrol pump attendant. But she now has the skills and confidence to draw up her own CV, using Power Point, and go for interviews. “Apart from learning the basics of computers, I also picked up English speaking skills. I used to shy away from attending to customers who spoke in English. Now I can converse with foreigners and understand what they want,” she says. Pooja currently earns Rs 3,000 per month and is exploring various career options.

The interesting thing about HLC is that it does not run a computer institute that doles out certificates and diplomas. As R M S Liberhan, Director, HLC, puts it: “Our prime objective is to provide a meaning and an edge to young people who otherwise have no options to move ahead in life. Providing them with computer skills gives them the ability to take that leap forward and fill the deficit in their lives.”

Set up in February 2002, the HLC also trains facilitators working in slums so that they are able to impart IT education to children. It has recently begun to partner with other NGOs working in the field of child education to push its initiative of spreading IT. “We have been collaborating with 60 NGOs so far to identify smart children and youngsters and train them in the use of computers,” Liberhan explains.

In that sense, Chhoti Si Asha portrays the link that has been formed between the HLC and Delhi’s young and underprivileged. That’s because Albuquerque has taken her camera into the homes of the beneficiaries and interacted with them to understand how exactly their lives have changed for the better. A familiar face because of her earlier stint as an English newsreader on Doordarshan, Albuquerque has produced and directed several documentary films and serials including The Professionals, aired on Doordarshan, and Hum Honge Kamyaab on Zee TV. Her film Seeds Of Life won the national award for Best Agricultural Film in 2004, and her short film Silent Killing, on foeticide, was a finalist for the Child Rights Unicef Award.

What this documentary does is to provide a ray of hope. Even as technology pushes forward at an amazing pace, leaving many floundering and hopelessly out of sync, HLC’s ambitious project shows that even the most illiterate may yet stand a chance of entering the race. So far, HLC has trained over 1,300 children and 250 facilitators. And the count goes up with each passing day…

To place an order for the documentary, write to

By Huned Contractor, from info change filmforum

(Huned Contractor is a freelance journalist and filmmaker based in Pune)

documentary screening on tejaswi


Mayflower media house

is organising the event

Tejaswi smarane- moodigereya Maayavi”.

on 4th April at 6pm to 7.30 pm.

a documentary on Tejaswi named


by Kripaker-Senani

will be screened on the occasion.

Venue: Badami House, Bangalore

Jeevika: Documentary Film Festival 2009

Jeevika: Documentary Film Competition and Festival, which began in 2003, aims at capturing the livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor and bringing it to the attention of the public, media, judiciary, and most importantly, policy makers. It is part of the ‘Law, Liberty and Livelihood Campaign’ (L3C) founded on the principle that the quality of life is intrinsically related to the degree of livelihood and economic freedom. Over the years, Jeevika has been successful in advocating for the cause of numerous small entrepreneurs, self employed, rickshaw pullers, street vendors, sex-workers, child labourers, farmers and forest-dwellers.

To document the livelihood challenges of the rural and urban poor across Asia.
Identify and bring to light policies and social, religious and cultural practices which prevent people from earning an honest living.
Advocate with the policy makers for changes in policies and with social leaders for changes in practices that can have far-reaching impacts on the lives of the poor.

Jeevika 2009, the competition is open to all professional filmmakers and students, who are citizens of any nations provided the documentary focuses on the livelihood of the individuals & communities of the following Asian nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand¸Vietnam, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan.

Competition entry deadline: 31 May 2009

FESTIVAL: 28-30 August 2009, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

PRIZE: 5 lakh INR/10,000 US$, certificates and Advocacy Grants

For Details visit

R.P. AMUDHAN’s documentaries in Bangalore

In the month of July VIKALP BENGALURU brings a repertoire of

July 18 and 19 at 6.30 pm

Nani Cinematheque, Centre for Film and Drama (CFD)
5th floor, Sona Towers, 71 Millers Road, Bangalore 560052

Entrance for members only. Please bring your membership cards. If
you are not a member, please come to the venue half an hour before the
screening and register.



Friday, July 18, 6.30pm

VANDE MATARAM – A Shit Version (Annexure to the documentary “Shit”)
2005, 6 minutes

2003, 26 minutes

2005, 25 minutes

Saturday, July 19, 6.30pm

2007, 74 minutes

2008, 10 minutes

2008, 5 minutes

For more about the filmmaker, you can go to http://amudhanrp. blogspot. com/


VANDE MATARAM – A Shit Version (Annexure to the documentary “Shit”)
The music video juxtaposes the ‘patriotic’ song with visuals of
various activities of manual scavenging that still takes place in

Original name: Pee (in Tamil)
Mariyammal, a dalit (untouchable or harijan or scheduled caste) is a
worker with Madurai Municipal Corporation in Madurai, South India. She
is involved in manual scavenging activity ­ which still prevails in
India – and is in the payroll of the Government of Tamilnadu.
The film shot while she was at work, shows the extent of humiliation
she goes through everyday for 25 years. She sweeps, collects and
carries the night soil in a street adjacent to a Hindu temple, with
help of a broom, a vessel and some ash every morning without fail.
The film uses a lot of symbols to bring out the discrimination she
experiences while others lead a life with dignity around her.
The film has no voice over per se. It has no music. It also does not
have an activist or an expert but Mariyammal and her work.

Original name: Mayanakurippugal
Madurai city has a central crematorium, where dalits (the untouchables
or the harijans or people from the scheduled caste) are involved in a
traditional occupation that includes carrying dead bodies, burying or
burning them and finally accept whatever paid by the relatives of the
deceased ones.
The film is a journey into the crematorium to capture the various
rituals carried out by the dalits to their fellow citizens who
otherwise would not have touched them.
Ironically death comes alive to bring people together. An old Tamil
movie song is used in the film to provoke certain existential
questions about life and death. But it is mandatory to have knowledge
and skill to become a successful undertaker.

Footwear in English
This is a socio-cultural documentary on the lives of Catholic
Arundhatiyars (Dalits/harijans/ untouchables) of Dharmanathapuram, an
old slum located at the heart of Tiruchirappalli in Tamilnadu, a
southern state in India.
The people of Dharmanathapuram are involved in making footwear, one of
the traditional caste based occupations of a dalit with in Indian
caste based society.
According to the Presidential Order 1950: Para 3, by the Union
Government of India, dalits or the people from the ‘lower castes’ in
the Indian caste system who do not follow Hindu religion (or those who
have converted to Christianity or Islam), are not considered as
Scheduled Caste (as any other Hindu dalits); And they do not get
access to reservation for jobs or in educational institutions and
other support mechanism that are otherwise available to a Scheduled
Caste according to the Indian Constitution.
Besides, the upper caste Hindus who have converted to Christianity
also follow their caste based practices such as discrimination,
exclusiveness, untouchability, and at times violence against their
fellow Christians who happened to be dalits.
This film brings out the discrimination and struggle faced by the
Catholic Arundhatiyars of Dharmanathapuram who also face stiff
competition in the economic grounds as mechanization in the footwear
manufacturing continues to grow in the era of globalization.

Who owns the road? Especially the highways? Thousands of trees, houses
and buildings are bulldozed along with local deities to make way for
the roads. Fast moving vehicles occupying huge space rattle bullock
carts and children. As we learn that it was Hitler who popularized the
concept of highways, the discourse expands to new horizons.

I am alone, but amidst people; I am asleep, but constantly awake; I am
an outsider. I am the other. It is the night that connects us. I am
the best consumer of all my woes. I protest by my presence among the
“sane” people. I refuse to move, though it is dangerous to me.