Carrying Their Voices

English, 9 min, 1995 The film documents the unique experience of using video by an NGO in Rajasthan. One day, the people of a village near Udaipur discovered that their land was being taken over for a cement factory. Astha, a local NGO which they approached for help, found that the fertile land was declared as wasteland in the land records. Nothing could convince the authorities otherwise since the factory…

Continue reading

I. A. Modi

Hindi and English (subtitled), 26 min, 1994 Indravadan Ambalal Modi is the co-owner of one of India’s leading pharmaceutical  companies, Cadila Industries with a turn over of over Rs 400 crores. But this was not achieved overnight. Born in a poor  family, he struggled hard for his education. In the 50s he  started Cadila with nationalistic fervour, determination to  work hard and a negligible capital.Today, Mr. Modi is also a …

Continue reading

Innathe Perunthachan

Today’s Perunthachan Malayalam, 26 min, 1994 This film shows the  present marginalisation of wood craftsmen of Kerala, who were once highly respected and skilled artisans in the  society. Not only did they build temples and palaces in the  past, they also possessed the traditional knowledge of the  sciences of architecture, namely Tatchashastra and Vastushastra. With the passage of time,  as materials for buildings changed and wood became scarce,  these craftsmen…

Continue reading

Ballad of Builders

Takhleeq ka Tarana English/Hindi/Tamil, 60 min, 1993 From Mohenjodaro to modern India, construction continues to be the common foundation of growth and development. Yet, the construction workers, over 20 million in number, continue to eke out a miserable living where even the basic necessities for dignified living are denied to them. In 1985, a unique process was begun by various organisations of construction workers: the drafting of a comprehensive legislation…

Continue reading

Niyogi Zinda Hai!

Niyogi Lives On! Hindi, 60 min, 1992 The film documents the on-going struggle of the workers of Bhilai, an industrial town in Chhattisgarh, even after the murder of their leader Shankar Guha Niyogi. A decade back, Niyogi, a leader of an incredible stature and vision, initiated the Chhattisgarh Mine Sramik Sangh (CMSS) in the neighboring mining towns of Dalli and Rajhara, organising tribal workers of iron mines. CMSS made history with…

Continue reading

Khwaab-e-Seher

1991, Audio Cassette, 60 min At a time when the entire country was reeling under communal frenzy, MLF produced ‘Khwaab-e-Saher’, an audio cassette of a collection of Urdu poetry by great poets like Faiz, Iqbal, Sahir, Majaaz, Bismil and Dushyant. The collection not only demonstrates the literary contribution of the poets, most of who were Muslim, it also underscores the deep roots of Urdu in our culture, and the collective…

Continue reading

Because of Our Rights

Apne Haq ke Liye English, 30 min, 1989, Hindi version: 77 min Filmed in Ghad, in the district of Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, the film documents the struggle of forest dwellers to re-establish their lost rights on the forest. The people of Ghad have traditionally twisted bhabbar, a wild grass, into rope. But the nationalisation of forests by the British, followed by subsequent governments of independent India, made access to this…

Continue reading