Singing The Songs Of Defiance

Posted on June 6, 2010. Filed under: Web News | Tags: , |

Singing The Songs Of Defiance

THE OPENING frame is especially evocative. As a fire burns in the foreground, a man silhouetted against the twilight sky plays a lilting tune on his flute. A blink later, words on the screen locate the song (and hence, the music video) within a tribal movement fighting bauxite mining in Kasipur, Orissa. There is not a moment to spare as KP Sasi’s Gaon Chhodab Nahin (Will not leave the village) recounts the journey of destruction that the country’s tribals are facing in the name of development. In just over five minutes, the music video captures the layers of complexity that has gripped the nation today.

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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 23, Dated June 12, 2010

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“Buru Garra” got 56th national award 2009

Posted on February 12, 2010. Filed under: My Films | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well Known Jharkhand based filmmaker Sriprakash’s film Buru Garra got 56th national award 2009.

An article about this film:

People’s struggle on celluloid

Ranchi, Oct. 30: The story of the life and struggle of tribals in Jharkhand will be shown to the national audience at a film festival in Kerala and also to students at Jamia Milia Islamia in New Delhi.

Titled Buru Gara (Hilly River), the film is directed by Sri Prakash, a Ranchi-based documentary filmmaker, It is a tale of two tribal women of Jharkhand who have charted out a difficult, yet different, path for themselves.

Dayamani Barla and Nirmala Putul, the two protagonists of the film are known faces in the state. The director makes an effort to project the life and struggle of the tribals of Jharkhand through the characters.

While Barla is a journalist-turned social activist, Putul is a poet who vividly describes the struggle of a woman in a male-dominated society. Barla is shown in the film as championing the cause of the tribals and Dalits. On the other hand, Putul writes poetry from her own life experiences.

The 30-minute film shot in the rural areas of Jharkhand will be screened in the Third Festival of Documentaries and Short features in video for John Abraham National Award in Kerala.

“As my film raises the core issue of development and displacement, for the audience at the national level, it would be an occasion to look at these critically,” said Sri Prakash while talking to The Telegraph.

The film is scheduled to be screened on Wednesday.

Sri Prakash said the film represented the real mental agony that the Jharkhand’s tribal and Dalit villages are going through due to onslaught of industrial developments.

Earlier this month Buru Gara was broadcast on the Doordarshan. The film also has been screened at an international film festival organised at the India Habitat Centre in the month of August and Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women Studies, New Delhi, in October 25-26 this year.

Apart from Buru Gara, Sri Prakash has several other documentary films to his credit.

The list includes Buddha Weeps in Jadugora which has won four international awards, Buru Sengel (The Fire Within) which has bagged three awards, Kishki Rakhsa (on the proposed field firing range at Netrahat), and Another Revolt (on the proposed Koel Karo hydel power project), among others.

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A film on Verrier Elwin

Posted on February 12, 2010. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mumbai based filmmaker Biswajeet Bora have made a documentary film on British anthropologist Dr. Verrier
Elwin who came to India 20 yrs. before Independence and served the original inhabitants of this land with selfless dedication. Elwin dedicated his whole life to those people who were neglected by the national workers and
missionaries and exploited by the British Government.

The duration of the film is 45 Mins.

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Filmmaker had worked with Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua for six yrs.

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A Light Burns

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: My Films | Tags: , , , , , , |

More than half of Indias 138 million rural households are beyond the reach of grid electricity. Deep within the coal belt of India, in a remote village in Jharkhand torn by naxal violence, two enterprising youngsters struggle to generate electricity for their village using the oil of an indigenous plant. A light burns, follows the ups and downs of a community determined to improve their lives. Armed with the knowledge of how to manufacture bio diesel from locally grown oil seeds and barely any other resourcesthey set out on their quest.

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Farmer Suicides (low res version)

Posted on January 31, 2010. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , |

With changing rain patterns, introduction of GM seeds and rising costs of living, small farmers in India get forced into taking loans. Unable to repay the borrowed money, many such farmers give up and end their lives.

200,000 such suicides have been reported in the period between 1997 and 2007 alone.

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When the State Declares War on the People

Posted on January 31, 2010. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , , , , , |

When the State Declares War on the People

A 15 minute Trailer on the Human Rights Violations in Chhattisgarh resulting from Operation Green Hunt

Director: Gopal Menon

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We have been hearing many stories about the human rights violations before and after Operation Green Hunt was announced. Allegations and counter-allegations have been going around. Fact-finding investigations have uncovered the atrocities security forces are committing in these areas, but now those very findings are being questioned.

At such a time it is crucial to present the reality and tear the veils obscuring the truth. When the State Declares War on the People is a 15-minute trailer by Gopal Menon based on his recent coverage of the ground reality in Chhattisgarh. This short film contains exclusive interviews with victims and their testimony including 1 ½ year old Suresh who had three fingers chopped off his left hand, an old man who was electrocuted and whose flesh was ripped off with knives, women raped by Special Police Officers and CRPF. The film also presents the views of Arundhati Roy and Mahesh Bhatt, two eminent citizens who have been closely following developments in Chhattisgarh. The clear intention of the State – to wipe out all resistance through terror in the name of fighting the Maoists – is demonstrated in this film.

About the Director

Gopal Menon is an activist-filmmaker focusing on caste, communalism and nationality. He was arrested twice while trying to go to Lalgarh and beaten with rifle butts and lathis. He was detained in Dantewada too. This is a trailer of a larger film on the Indian State’s war on the people.

Some of Menon’s earlier films are Naga Story: The Other Side of SilenceHey Ram!! Genocide in the Land of GandhiPAPA 2(about disappearances in Kashmir) and Resilient Rhythms (a rainbow overview of the Dalit situation) amongst others.

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Google News 5

Posted on September 30, 2008. Filed under: Web News | Tags: , , , |

Voices from the Waters 2008 : looking back, and looking ahead
Vinod Raja’s Mahua Memoirs is a bittersweet symphony of the tribal communities living under threat from the mining industry alongside the Western Ghats in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

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Unheard Voices of Chhattisgarh

Posted on July 31, 2008. Filed under: My Films | Tags: , , , |

See the film in below link

UNDP India – Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh Human Development Report 200524 December 2005, Raipur Unheard Voices of Chhattisgarh, A short documentary film [4 minutes] – 33k –

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Posted on July 18, 2008. Filed under: Web News | Tags: , , , , , , |

Political twist to Devdas, Paro – New Delhi,India
I’m planning to apply this format to my film on the life of doctor-activist Binayak Sen, the child specialist in Chhattisgarh who has been accused of
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Release Ajay TG Campaign getting momentum
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Ajay TG has the right to show his films. We have the right to see his films. We strongly protest and condemn the arrest of independent documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist Ajay TG by the Chattisgarh Police.
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A different Devdas and Paro in Sudhir Mishra’s version
“It’d be shot in the documentary style. The events would all be dramatic recreations of real incidents. I’m planning to apply this format to my film on the life of doctor-activist Binayak Sen, the child specialist in Chhattisgarh who News –

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Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Her films on Chhattisgarh:

1. EKTAAL OF METAL & CALY probing on the ancient lost –wax process of metal casting of jhara community of Chattisgarh. Telecast on DD NETWORK AND BHOPAL DOORDARSHAN

2. RAIGARH LAND AND PEOPLE A District tribal and cultural profile of RAIGARH CHHATTISGARH focusing on the marginal people of this region.

3. ANUKAMPAN DOCUMENTARY 65 MINTS on mingling of kathak tradition of Chhattisgarh with local folk forms of Madhya Pradesh and exploitation of tribals here






4. AN ODE TO DEAR SUNITA, a docu-feature FUNDED BY JAN VRIJMAN FUND, IDFA, AMSTERDAM on little girl performers in migrant entertainment groups in chattisgarh who are sold by their parents


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