The Immoral Daughters in the Land of Honour

Izzatnagari ki Asabhya Betiyan English and Hindi (with English subtitles), 93 min, 2011 The film traverses the violent landscape of ‘honour’ crimes, gender and caste discrimination in Haryana to tell the tale of a unique resistance. ‘Asabhaya Betiyaan’ (Immoral Daughters) from the Jat community are taking on the powerful, male and upper caste dominated community courts or the ‘Khap Panchayats’. The film follows few such women, urban and rural, who…

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Partners in Crime

English (subtitled), 94 min, 2011 Is piracy organized crime or class struggle? Are alternative artists who want to hold rights over their art and go it alone in the market, visionaries or nutcases? Is the fine line between plagiarism and inspiration a cop-out or a whole other way of looking at the fluid nature of authorship? Who owns a song – the person who made it or the person who…

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Under the Weather

English (subtitled), 23 min, 2011 In villages across India, climate change is real and palpable. Over the last few decades, the weather is changing and so is a way of life. The changing climate affects not only livelihoods but cultures of entire communities. Climate change is being witnessed across India. The coastal areas of Tamil Nadu have become vulnerable to floods and heavy storms, while in Rajasthan drop in rainfall…

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Oranges and Mangoes

English (subtitled), 23 min, 2011 What happens when it pours in the desert? Or when mangoes grow where there were oranges before… In villages across India, climate change is real and palpable. Over the last few decades, the weather is changing and so is a way of life. The changing climate affects not only livelihoods but cultures of entire communities. Folk songs about rain and nature take us through villages…

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Home / Work

Tumhara Ghar, Hamara Kaam English (subtitled)/Hindi, 44 min/25 min, 2010 Home/Work presents women who work as part-time domestic workers. The film follows 5 women as they struggle for livelihood in the burgeoning urban centres of India. Invisible from the mainstream labour force and outside of all social security nets, the lives of these women begins to deconstruct the ideal notion of an Indian ‘home’ and ‘hearth.’ The women live in…

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Meetho Pal

Hindi (subtitled in English), 75 min, 2010 Meetho Pal is a portrait of Anuradha Saigal, a third generation descendent of a Nepalese family that established base in India more than 300 years ago. As a young girl in British India, she travelled widely, initially for her education and later for her work with the Indian National Congress. The film chronicles her journey from spirited youth to devoted family life as…

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Rehana: A Quest for Freedom

English (subtitled), 39 min, 2007 This film is about aspirations and freedom. It presents the life and work of Rehana Adib who works with women from marginalised communities in Muzzafarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. This geographical area has the highest crime rate in the country of which the crimes against women are nearly 70%. Through an intimate foray into her life and work – as a woman from a minority community,…

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Voices

English (subtitled) / Hindi, 34 min / 77 min, 2006 At a Public Hearing in Gazipur, Uttar Pradesh, three of the most marginalised communities among Dalits – Bansphore, Mushahr and Swatchkar – come together to give voice to the oppression and marginalisation they have been subjected to for centuries. The Public Hearing was organised by Dynamic Action Group, a Dalit network active in UP, as part of its on-going campaign…

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In Their Own Voices

English (subtitled), 32 min, 2005 Vimla and Meena are women from two regions of the country, Vimla from Haryana and Meena from Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Both are from marginalised communities and doubly marginalised for being women. Yet, in their own ways they have disregarded all discrimination and obstacles and established themsleves as leaders of their communities. In this film, Vimla and Meena talk about their lives, their transformation from the…

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The (T)Error of POTA

English (subtitled), 105 min, 2005 POTA, a legislation made  ostensibly to curb ‘terrorism’, has taken its toll on thousands of innocent people who have been wrongfully booked  under this Act. A public tribunal was organised in Delhi in  March 2004 by several groups from all across the country to  highlight the gross misuse of POTA. Victims ranging from  eminent political leaders, activists to innocent children  from several states of India…

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