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January 2, 2014
"TIMBAKTU"       By Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh
When a small farming community in South India decided to switch from their decades-old practice of chemical agriculture to organic farming, little did they know that they were planting the seeds of a silent revolution. By showcasing the exemplary efforts of farmers of a tiny village in Andhra Pradesh, Timbaktu explores critical issues of food security and sovereignty. At its heart, Timbaktu looks at the relationship that a farmer shares with his land, his seeds and raises critical questions about food, the very essence of human life.
"VISARJAN"       Mr. Mujeeb Qureshi

‘Visarjan’ (Idol Immersion) the documentary film focuses on the importance of water and water bodies, conservation of eco-system.

The film looks at the close inter-relationship between man-made religious tradition and its effect on biodiversity.

"THE BIG FOUR"       Mrs. Seema Muralidhara

Venomous Snakebites kill nearly 50,000 each year. That’s more than Four Thousand Deaths each month. Thousands more suffer with side effects, large hospital bills and loss of limbs.

But snakes are not the villains lurking in nooks and corners to attack humans. They have a role in the web of life and chance encounters almost unavoidable.

The issue is not Snakebite but lack of will and policy to change Snakebite Management & Treatment. It is an issue that has been underreported and neglected. Snakebite Treatment in India has remained the same for nearly the last 70 years.

This documentary deals with four areas of Scientific Research that could change the scenario and bring down mortality and suffering. It delves into the working of the venom and the anti-venom. It underlined the need for promotion of scientific research in the production of mono-antivenin, better diagnostics and above all regional venom banks.

The issue is complex. Evolution and venom variance need to be accounted for. A Policy change is needed. Lab to Hospital translational research needs to be speeded up. Or else Indians will continue to suffer and die. Nearly 50,000 each year.

This documentary tracks Venomous Snakes with the Irulas, visits hospital wards to see how Snakebite victims are treated, witnesses a 13 year old die due to complications after Snake anti-venin treatment, talks to doctors battling amidst frustrating technological constraints and explores laboratories where scientists are toiling to unravel the mysteries of venom and developing technologies to make snakebite less lethal.

Gorakhpur is the second largest city in the mid-Gangetic plains of India. This film tells the story of a city grappling with the dual pressures of urbanization and climate change. Bit by bit, it unravels the various factors that make the citizens of Gorakhpur a very vulnerable lot. In effect, this is the story of many fast growing cities in the developing world. While highlighting the enormous challenges in Gorakhpur, the film builds a case for local governments and citizens to work together to make their cities resilient and sustainable.
"LADAKH’S ARTIFICAL GLACIERS"       By Mr. Rajendra Srivathsa Kondapalli

Even as climate change and its effects are hotly debated in boardrooms and conference halls across the globe, in many parts of the world it is becoming uncomfortably real, impinging on the lives of common folk.

In Ladakh’s glacier-fed farmlands, this reality has become a direct threat to survival as snowcaps melt prematurely and glacial waters recede at an alarming rate. 

Fortunately, one crusader’s simple science id slowly but surely turning the tide…

Meet Chewang Norphel, Ladakh’s glacier man and see how his artificial glaciers have transformed Ladakh’s farms from drought-ridden to high yielding.

See how an entire community’s concerted determination have backed his vision and rekindled hope in a land that’s bearing the brunt of global warming.

"DOOARS WHISPERS"       By Ms. Jayashri Mukherjee

The documentary is a journey through the rolling hill slopes, widespread lush green tea gardens separated by meandering silvery mountain streams, high Sal forests, small quiet ethnic villages, vast meadows with a blue outline of the great Himalayan ranges in the horizon, endless sky in Dooars!

Lying in the Himalayan foothills, Dooars has great natural beauty. The wildlife-rich tropical forests, innumerable hill streams cutting across the green carpet of tea gardens and undulating plains, low hills rising up from the rivers. A drive through the Dooars plains, the gateway of Bhutan and the entire North East of India, can be the experience of a lifetime.

The Dooars valley (also called Duars) stretching from River Teesta on the wes to River Sankosh on the east, an area covering roughly 130 km by 40 km, the area forms major part of the Jalpaiguri district. The name ‘Dooars’ is derived from ‘doors’ as the region is the gateway to the entire north-east India and Bhutan.

January 3, 2014
"ONE LAST REFUGE "       By Juanita Mukhia
During December 1992 and January 1993, Muslim communities living in the city of Mumbai witnessed communal violence within their localities. As the violence escalated, people moved or shifted to areas where they felt safer or had family. These resulted in the expansion of areas like Mumbai and creation of ghettoes across the city, where communities that share a religion often live together for a shared sense of security. This film looks at Mumbai and its history through the eyes of two young Muslim women who work in the Rehnuma Library. Rehnuma is a space in Mumbai where young women meet to read, write, co-create and work on issues of women's empowerment.
"CITY'S EDGE"       By Sandeep Singh
The Deonar Dumping Ground is the largest dumping ground in Asia. Every day, on the back of thousands of trucks, the dump receives half of all that the city exudes. And everyday most of it finds its way back-picked and processed. The dump is a powerful symbol of most of the city's people who are constantly dumped, recycled, and dumped again, while perpetually remaining out of sight. The film explores this space through its protagonist - Mohammad Hussain aka Babu.
"SHE PAINTS "       by Sreemith N.
She paints is a documentary on Women painters. Today there are many great women artists. It was only in the 20th century when the masses of women became eligible (legally as well as culturally) to receive the highest levels of artistic training. The film discusses the representation of women's body in the history of art as well. The film raises some questions such as: Why are women painters so few? How is the female body represented in the history of art? Etc.
"PRAYAS - THE ONE RUPEE REVOLUTION "       by Moasunep Kichu
Even a chewing gum costs more than a rupee these days. But Rev. Dr. Felix Raj, Principal of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata has nearly staged a revolution with a rupee. Since 2006, he has been running a scheme in which his students and children from several villages have enriched each other’s lives through regular visits and interaction. Funds for the scheme come wholly from students who contribute a rupee every day. Students visit villages during weekends, cordially offering children academic and non-academic training. Arrangements are made to bring village children to the city and participate in site seeing and other fun activities. While the students gain valuable exposure to larger challenges facing the nation, the village children are encouraged to inculcate hope and belief in themselves and in the future. It is hard to find a better thing to do with a rupee.
"DNA PROFILING "       by Dr. Jitendra Singh
Do the identical twins have similar finger prints? And if their DNA fingerprinting or more appropriately DNA profiling is done, will that be similar or not? Seeking answer to such questions, this curriculum-cum-enrichment programme demonstrates the steps of these two important biometric techniques. How the principle of DNA profiling was discovered? If the available amount of DNA is not sufficient, then how it can be amplified by the technique of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)? And how using the classical Restriction Fragment Length Analysis or modern PCR Amplified Short Tandem repeats method, it can be applied in different situations? Whether it can be to resolve the guilt or innocence or a criminal or decide the disputed paternity? What is the validity and reliability of these biometric techniques?
"RAYS WIND AND ALL "       by Supurna Sarkar

Presently most of the world's energy is primarily derived from finite sources, chiefly fossil fuels. Increasing worldwide demand for energy and simultaneous dwindling supplies of conventional fuels develop the need for alternative and feasible sources of energy.

This programme traces the endeavors of West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency WBREDA is creating power from the renewable sources of energy in the Sagar Islands and adjacent region at the southern tip of West Bengal. Some of these sources are solar power, hydro power and wind power.

The programme also explores another venture of WBREDA to establish an Eco-friendly Housing Complex at Kolkata where about 25 homes are built with solar passive and active concept. This was the first Solar Housing Complex of its type in India.

"HEAD HELD HIGH "       by Xavier Peria

Head Held High follows an endeavor of a group of visionaries, who want to make a difference to the future of India. By providing education and employability to the rural youth, Head Held has touched many lives and continues to do so.

The documentary follows different aspects of Head Held High; the effort of these visionaries who want to make a difference, the process and method they follow to achieve this goal, shows the spirit of the rural youth who want to achieve great things and their willingness to learn.

"FUTURE FOOD: FAT OR SKINNY"       by Arjun Pandey
The theme for 'Fat or Skinny' is the 'future of food and consumption' the film was made for global broadcast and was funded by IFAD, the United Nations branch for small farmers and with/ for our partners tve.org. In 2010, a billion people were identified as obese, just as one billion people went hungry. The irony is that 1.4 billion people in the richest countries consume 80 percent of global food output. The 'western' diet-what many in developing countries aspire to-is bad for our waistlines and bad for the planet. In this film we follow mother and campaigner Tulika Verma of Uday Foundation as she tries to invent 'Future Food' for a country that knows how to cook and farm better than most. Indian has millennia old farming traditions and world famous dishes but also more malnourished people than any other country in the world. She fears India will now succumb to the temptations of junk food and she is determined to stop it.
January 4, 2014
"CHANGING MAPS "       by Nikhila Kanagasabai

The communal violence of December 1992 and January 1993 in Mumbai, India, following the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 changed the city in many ways, reconfiguring its spaces, creating new divides, giving impetus to an on-going politics of hate and fundamentally altering the cosmopolitan fabric of the city. Badalte Nakshe is one of the six films in the Remembering 1992 series created collectively by the students and faculty of the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Traversing the tenuous realm of children, memory and Bombay's 1992 communal riots, the film follows Farhana Ashraf, a teacher and a writer in an attempt to explore the constructed histories of two generations. 20 years after the riots, how do the people who were children then remember the lived experience of the riots? Moreover, how do adolescents of the present generation make meaning of these inherited narratives of violence from what they hear and see - through popular culture, text books etc. In an effort to articulate this on-going dialogue with the past and present, the film weave these two threads, bringing to the surface erasures, omissions and the ruptures they entail.

"DISABILITY "       by Maharaja Naik
Disability is often seen as a burden. The fact that a child is disabled makes his/her parents either over- protective or detached. Unawareness and mental blocks make it more complex and the development of the child goes for a toss. This Public Service Announcement is an effort to make people think that there is a solution to every problem. It is about 'Children with disability' and not about 'disabled children'. Attitude matters.
"BEYOND BINARY "       by Ananya Kasaravalli
"I was not a ladylike, nor was I manly. I was something else altogether. There were so many different ways to be beautiful"

Gender is a range of characteristics of feminity and masculinity. It is one of the many modes of expression and a major part of a person's individuality. It is not just body but a feeling. Gender is performance, a historical experience. Gender is complex expectation of a certain body in a certain fixed, rigid, unwritten norms, convenient to the hetero-patriarchal system. Gender is a journey – it is a journey of life; a journey from body to mind, body type to a culture of living, a personal journey - leading to a political journey; that which is assumed as a threat to the historical existence of patriarchy. In this journey of gender, different people express differently.

To a 'Transgender', gender is a more complex journey - a journey from the assigned gender or sex to a comfortable, aspired gender or sex. It is the individual's choice to complete the journey.

"SHARE THE PAIN "       by J.A. Sanjeev Kumar

A silent revolution is erupting in the field of health care system in the poor rural areas of Villipuram, Cuddalore and Perambulur districts of Tamil Nadu. The revolution is Palliative care. Palliative care is a total care of a patient who is suffering from life limiting disease when the disease is no longer responsive to the curative treatment.

A local NGO made the first move here in Tamil Nadu to run a community based Palliative care health centre of its kind to meet the needs of many patients suffering from diverse health problems