Kriti Team Newsletter - October 2014

Dear Friends

Greetings from the Kriti Team!

We hope you all had a great Diwali!! Our team sends lots of wishes for unending joy, good health, love and light in your life.

With this mailer, we update you on our initiatives and events conducted in October and at the same time, invite you to our November events – Kriti Film Club screening on 1st November (on Men’s perspectives & changing roles) in collaboration with PSBT and ITVS; and the Children’s Film Festival on 15th November where we have lined up some exciting films for the young ones. Ours is a small but one of its kind interactive space for watching and talking films so if you have not been here until now give yourself a chance for a new experience!

Octoberscape with the Kriti team
In October we celebrated the International Day of Older Persons on 1st October with a very inspiring film on Zohra Sehgal by Anant Raina. We were honoured to have both the film-maker and Mr. M.K. Raina, the distinguished actor/director and Anant’s father, for the discussion following the film screening. The audience was spell-bound with the inspirational message of living life to the fullest and Zohra ji’s life-story touched a chord in everyone’s heart! We also had a 72 year old member of our audience play some lovely songs on his harmonica and we salute his spirit and hope that we have many more young spirited oldies perform next year! See pictures on 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.836521113045995.1073741838.195759603788819&type=1

Some of the other important days that we mark in the month of October are:

02 October     Gandhi Jayanti/International Day of Non-Violence
10 October     World Mental Health Day
13 October     International Day for Natural Disasters Reduction
17 October     International Day for Eradication of Poverty
24 October     United Nations Day/World Development Day

In 2011, we had for the first time organised a Mental Health Day event in collaboration with PHFI and a Kriti Film Club curated festival of documentaries called ‘MindReels’. In the Kriti team tradition of consistency, we have continued to mark this day for the last three years. This year we used the social media to organise an Online Mental Health Festival (on facebook) to mark the World Mental Health Day (10th October), where a very path-breaking documentary film “A Drop of Sunshine”, directed by Aparna Sanyal,  was screened online from 10th – 14th October in collaboration with PSBT. Besides the film, there were several other articles, talks, videos and other resources shared to create more awareness and dialogue on mental health issues. There are very few spaces and platforms to discuss mental health concerns; hence it was a small initiative by us to instil more courage, hope and positivity through the social media. See more on https://www.facebook.com/events/1498742460385144/

We continue our efforts of triggering thought and action on socially relevant issues and hope that you will join and support us with full gutso!

Wishing Lights & Joy
Kriti Team

Documentary Screenings in November
Kriti Film Club @Alaknanda (1st November 2014)
Mardistan (Macholand): Reflections on Indian Manhood
26 mins/ English, Hindi
Director: Harjant Gill

&
Men Against the Tide
22 mins/ English, Hindi
Directors: ITVS & CNN-IBN


Date: 1st November, Saturday
Time: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
(screenings followed by discussion)
at the Kriti team workplace
A-15 Tara Apartments, near Alaknanda market
New Delhi 110019 (nearest metro – Govindpuri)

https://www.facebook.com/events/278811358982319/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

ABOUT THE FILMS:
Mardistan - Through the experiences of four different men, ranging in age from 20s to 40s, Mardistan explores the notion of contemporary manhood in a rapidly globalising India. A middle-aged writer attempting to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed growing up in an elite military academy, a working class father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to have a son, a young college student searching for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, a middle-aged gay man deciding to come out to his wife after nearly 20 years of marriage, together make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today. 

About the FilmmakerHarjant Gill is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University. His academic research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in South Asia. He is also a documentary filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. His previous documentary with PSBT, Roots of Love, explored the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and has been telecast on BBC World News, BBC America, and Doordarshan. He is currently also the Co-Director of Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival.

Men Against the TideHow men across the world are challenging the various facets of masculinity:  December 2012 Delhi gang rape cut short the life of a promising young woman.  It also sparked an emotional response, revolutionizing India’s consciousness around gender-based violence, and provoking many of us to speak out and take action against it.  One year later, a new film by CNN-IBN and ITVS (Independent Television Service, Inc.) honors men throughout India who are striking at the root of gender-based violence.



Children’s Film Festival
(For children 7 – 14 years of age)
On 15th November, 2014
Timings: 12 noon – 5 p.m.
at the Kriti Team workplace
A-15, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda
New Delhi – 110019 (nearest metro: Govindpuri)

To celebrate Children’s Day, Kriti Film Club launches the first edition of Children’s Film Festival with some selected documentary and mainstream films for children. The films have been chosen that will stimulate the young sparkling minds with some lessons and learnings for life, in a light hearted and fun way. The screenings will be followed by reflections and discussions with the kids – to understand their perspectives and ideas.

Films include:
  • I am Kalam
  • Jadui Pankh and selected short films by Nitin Das
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Lukka Chhuppi (the world’s first children’s feature film fully shot in Ladakh) by Vinod Ganatra 
The celebration will include small healthy eats for the children. So do send your kids for a fun-filled yet educational event to ignite their thinking!

Please send us confirmations in advance to help us make suitable arrangements!

ABOUT THE FILM CLUB: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development research, praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as a borrowing & access space for documentary films.

Phone: 26027845/ 26033088

Facebook group: Kriti team Facebook page: Gestures by Kriti team

Sustainable Gifting Ideas for Diwali 2014 @Gestures by Kriti Team

Dear Friends

Diwali is around the corner and lot of festivity is in the air!! It is also time to celebrate our relationships and we can honor them with special gifts to express our gratitude and love.

We invite you to browse through a wide range of gifts available at Gestures by Kriti Team for your friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors and even people who help you at your home or work.

buy organically produced and pro-environment gifts for yourself, friends and family made by women’s groups and people’s organisations!
ÿ Cotton T-shirts with quotes & slogans
ÿ Silk, Cotton and woolen stoles
ÿ Hand made jewellery
ÿ Jute bags, wallets, mobile cases, folders
ÿ Cotton bags, folders, mobile covers
ÿ Greeting Cards, Postcards & Bookmarks
ÿ Photo albums & frames
ÿ Colourful, recycled and organic paper wrapping sheets

ÿ Letter writing paper/ envelopes
ÿDiwali Diyas and Candles





Please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gestures-by-KRITI-TEAM-a-community-enterprise/110773145630956

For your orders, please call us or email as per details below
Phone: 011 26027845/ 26033088
Email: space.kriti@gmail.com

Kriti Film Club Screenings@Alaknanda: 1st November 2014

Kriti Film Club
invites you for the screening on 1st November 2014 of

Mardistan (Macholand): Reflections on Indian Manhood
26 mins/ English, Hindi
Director: Harjant Gill
(In collaboration with PSBT)






&

Men Against the Tide
22 mins/ English, Hindi
Directors: ITVS & CNN-IBN
(In collaboration with ITVS)








Date: 1st November, Saturday
Time: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
(screenings followed by discussion)
at the Kriti team workplace
A-15 Tara Apartments, near Alaknanda market
New Delhi 110019 (nearest metro – Govindpuri)


ABOUT THE FILMS:
Mardistan - Through the experiences of four different men, ranging in age from 20s to 40s, Mardistan explores the notion of contemporary manhood in a rapidly globalising India. A middle-aged writer attempting to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed growing up in an elite military academy, a working class father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to have a son, a young college student searching for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, a middle-aged gay man deciding to come out to his wife after nearly 20 years of marriage, together make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today. 

About the FilmmakerHarjant Gill is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University. His academic research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in South Asia. He is also a documentary filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. His previous documentary with PSBT, Roots of Love, explored the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and has been telecast on BBC World News, BBC America, and Doordarshan. He is currently also the Co-Director of Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival.


Men Against the Tide How men across the world are challenging the various facets of masculinity:  December 2012 Delhi gang rape cut short the life of a promising young woman.  It also sparked an emotional response, revolutionizing India’s consciousness around gender-based violence, and provoking many of us to speak out and take action against it.  One year later, a new film by CNN-IBN and ITVS (Independent Television Service, Inc.) honors men throughout India who are striking at the root of gender-based violence.



ABOUT THE FILM CLUB: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development research, praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as a borrowing & access space for documentary films.

Phone: 26027845/ 26033088
Facebook group: Kriti teamFacebook page: Gestures by Kriti team




Open for all, confirmations appreciated. You are welcome to have some chai-shai at our ecoCafe @intervals!


Browse, select and buy books, documentaries and other products for sustainable consumption at our Docushop and Gestures stall too on your visit!

Celebrating World Mental Health Day (10th October)

Kriti Film Club and PSBT bring you an online screening of
“A Drop of Sunshine” to mark the World Mental Health Day (10th October)



Film: A Drop of Sunshine: A film about Schizophrenia. And hope.
Directed by: Aparna Sanyal
Produced by: PSBT
Duration: 35 mins
Language: English
Awards: National Film Award for best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film

About the Film
Schizophrenia. It may be one word, but conjures up multiple connotations - Mad. Incurable. Violent. Suicidal. Chemical imbalances. Crazy. A lifelong condition. Inevitable dependency on Medicines. Dark. Terrible. The Film takes us through the story of Reshma Valliappan, a 30-year old Indian woman, and charts out her journey of eventual triumph over her condition. It takes a controversial and contrarian view towards recovery from Schizophrenia, proposing that the only treatment method that can work in the condition is one where the so-called ‘patient’ is encouraged and empowered to become an equal partner in the process of healing.

Online Screening Dates: the film will be available for online viewing from 10th October to 14th October, 2014


Log in details: In order to view the film, please follow the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwKQ4J5b5nk&feature=youtu.be

PS: Be part of the Mental Health Online festival by Kriti team from 10th to 14th October on 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1498742460385144/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming


Kriti Film Club Specials@IHC (1st October 2014, Wednesday)

The Kriti Film Club brings a special screening on 1st October to mark the International Day of Older Persons. 




Zohra Segal on Zohra Segal
39 mins/ Hindi/English
Director: Anant Raina

ABOUT THE FILM: The film is the story of Zohra Segal, in her own words. Compiled from two interviews with Zohra Segal when she was about to turn 100, interspersed with recitations and personal photographs, it presents an account of a truly fantastic life.

on 1st October 2014, 7.00 to 8.30 pm
(screening followed by discussion with the film-maker & M.K. Raina)
at Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
https://www.facebook.com/events/524398581025294/

We invite you to bring your parents and grandparents along for this screening and together we can celebrate and cherish 'old age' with them through small performances (music, singing, poetry or anything they wish) after the film!


ABOUT THE FILM CLUB: Kriti Film Club (running since 2000) is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development research, praxis and communication team. We are an independent group that screens documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights & environment issues. We also serve as a space for accessing documentary films, so get in touch with us in case you are looking for any such film.


Kriti Team Newsletter - September 2014



Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Kriti team!

The beginning of September brought with it a lot of rain and downpours and 
much needed respite from heat in this capital city of Delhi. But in the northern 
most states of Jammu and Kashmir, the rain and breach of river Jhelum has 
brought the worst devastation of lives and resources ever. As we support 
and wish for the people of J&K to find shelter and succour to re-build their 
lives, and think of the context of war and strife that has marked their lives
 for over six decades we ask ourselves, ‘what remains when natural 
disasters take over every man-made disaster and make living itself
 a question’?

In our tradition of remembering socially relevant and human rights’ related 
days each month, September marks the following days:  

08         International Literacy Day
21         International Peace Day
28         Shankar Guha Niyogi Matrydom Day/ Harsud Day

In our hope and vision for peace not only from war, but also from the 
destruction of our natural environments and our people’s liberties and 
freedom, the need of the hour is to continuously play constructive 
roles in making peace possible.

Through this month of September 2014, we invite you to come and 
see documentary films around peace and rights at our workplace anytime 
between 11 and 5 pm Mondays through Fridays. (Please inform us in advance)

  • We invite you to join our 9th Annual Peace Day Festival which is an ONLINE 
one this year inviting expressions to mark the International Peace Day on 21st September.

  • On 27th September we invite you for the monthly 
Kriti Film Club @Alaknandawith the screening of two films from IAWRT’s festival ‘Our Lives...To Live seeking a JUST World’.

  • Also look out for an ‘End of Monsoons Sale’ at the Gestures 
stall starting 17thSeptember 2014.

We begin October with a Kriti Film Club special screening @IHC 
to mark the International Day of Older Persons, Anant Raina’s 
‘Zohra Segal on Zohra Segal’. We invite you to bring your parents and 
grandparents along for this screening and together we can celebrate and 
cherish "old age" with them through small performances 
(music, singing, poetry or anything they wish) after the film!

Some other film events are being planned for October and November; 
we’ll keep you posted and invite you to follow us on facebook for 
updates! Look forward to seeing many of you soon.

With peace wishes
Kriti team


9th Annual Peace Day Festival (Online from 12th to 
21st September)

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Kriti Team is back with its Annual Festival to mark International Peace Day on 
21st September 2014. This year we are celebrating it ONLINE (on Facebook)
 in an exception to our usual format and we hope that many many people 
will join in with their expressions and contributions. 

We are inviting you to participate in this ONLINE festival with us by sharing 
your expressions and perspectives on PEACE. You are welcome to send in
your entries in the form of:

• Songs
• Poems
• Photographs taken by you (as you symbolize peace)
• Drawing, illustration or a painting by you
• Verse or Quotable quote by you (ideally) or that inspires you
• Or any other creative expression that can be posted online

We will collate all the entries and post them on the Peace Day (21st September) 
on our blog and on this page. The entries will also form a part of a larger 
collective on Peace Expressions/ Rights, to be showcased publically in the 
near future (with due credit and ownership to each author/ creator). 
Let’s create our collective archive of peace and make our 
PEACE HANDPRINT on Sunday, 21st September 2014.

Entries to be sent at: 4events.krititeam@gmail.com or directly post on
facebook event page

Documentary Screenings
Kriti Film Club @Alaknanda (27th September 2014,  Saturday)
2 films from the series REMEMBERING 1992, by School of Media and Cultural Studies, 
TISS, Mumbai (From IAWRT India’s OUR Lives…To Live seeking a JUST world! as part 
of OBR 2014)

Badalte Nakshe
Badalte Nakshe (Changing Maps)
24mins/ English, Hindi
Directors: Nithila Kanagasabai, Archana Sadar, Nitya Menon, Likokba Sangtam
&
Ek Aakhri Panah (OneLastRefuge)
15 mins/ Hindi
Directors: Tanvi Barge, Krishna Panchal, Piyush Garud, Juanita Mukhia

on Saturday, 27th September, from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
(screening followed by discussion)
at the Kriti team workplace
A-15 Tara Apartments, near Alaknanda market
New Delhi 110019 (nearest metro – Govindpuri)
Phone: +91-11-26033088/ 26027845

ABOUT THE FILMS:
Badalte Nakshe follows Farhana Ashraf, a teacher and a writer, as it engages
 with certain questions: 20 years later, how do those who were children at the
 time remember the lived experience of the riots? And how do today’s young 
people make meaning of these inherited narratives of violence from what they 
hear and see – through popular culture, or text books? Erasures, omissions and 
ruptures come to light as the film travels between past and present.

This film was earlier screened at Focus Asia: Memory and Documentary 
Film – Exploring Painful and Forgotten Memories in China, India, 
and Indonesia, Lund University, Sweden; Madurai International Documentary
 and Short Film festival; Woodpecker International Film Festival, New Delhi. 
All four directors have completed their MA in Media and Cultural 
Studies at SCMS, TISS.

Ek Aakhri Panah – 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. This resulted in the expansion of areas like Mumbra and the creation of 
ghettos across the city. This film looks at Mumbra and its history through 
the eyes of two young Muslim women who work in the Rehnuma Library, a 
space where young women meet to study, write, co-create and work on 
issues of women’s empowerment. The film was earlier screened at Seamedu 
Film Festival, Pune (Best non-fiction student film); Prakriti Film Festival, 
Calicut; VIBGYOR International Film Festival, Thrissur, Kerala. All four 
directors graduated from SMCS, TISS in May 2013.

Open for all, confirmations appreciated. Alongside, have some
 chai-shai at our ecoCafe !

Kriti Film Club Specials@IHC (1st October 2014, Wednesday)
The Kriti Film Club brings a special screening on 1st October to mark the International Day 
of Older Persons.

Screen 2
Zohra Segal on Zohra Segal
39 mins/ Hindi/English
Director: Anant Raina

ABOUT THE FILM: The film is the story of Zohra Segal, in her own words. 
Compiled from two interviews with Zohra Segal when she was about to turn 
100, interspersed with recitations and personal photographs, it presents an 
account of a truly fantastic life.

on 1st October 2014, 7.00 to 8.30 pm
(screening followed by discussion with the film-maker)
at Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

ABOUT THE FILM CLUB: Kriti Film Club (running since 2000) is an educational 
and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development research, praxis and 
communication team. We are an independent group that screens documentary 
films on a whole range of development, human rights & environment issues. 
We also serve as a space for accessing documentary films, so get in touch 
with us in case you are looking for any such film.


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Gestures Stall

Through a recent collaboration with one of our volunteers, 
we are offering lot of our exciting products
 on sale.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gestures-by-KRITI-TEAM-a-community-enterprise/110773145630956

We look forward to hear from you and the opportunity 
to fulfill your requests.

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Email: space.kriti@gmail.com

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