Kriti team's Greetings and January 2015 newsletter

Dear Friends
Its been a real wintry and busy start to the new year here in Delhi where we are based. So accept our apologies for a delayed Happy New Year wish to each of you, your families, friends and colleagues. 

We hope that many of you will connect with us in 2015 both, physically and virtually. On our part, we will continue our resource sharing of documentaries, books, communication material on social issues and fair trade products; capacity building and documentation support; and networking activities with as much energy as we possibly can. These processes will enable us to enhance knowledge, livelihoods and enable empowered action on many fronts - towards social change.

We are also looking at many of you as individuals and organisations to make donations for and fund our work for the first time this year, and look forward to hearing from you on that count too.

If you have not already, order a copy of 'OUR DIARY 2015', an annual movement resource and day to day planner in its 16th edition.

Join us in Delhi this Friday, 16th January 2015 for a Kriti Film Club special screening @India Habitat Centre: Mleccha Sanhaara by Subrat Kumar Sahu.

Remember and mark the important days and dates of January:

1   Safdar Hashmi Memorial Day

8   Memory Day for 1857 Martyr’s

12 National Youth Day
26 Indian Republic Day

KRITI FILM CLUB specials @Habitat

Mleccha Sanhaara - India's Kalki Project

by Subrat Kumar Sahu
(125 mins/ Odia, with subtitles in English/ 2013)

on 16th January, 2014, 7:00 PM 
at Gulmohar Hall, Indian Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

About the film: As described in Brahmanic scriptures, those who do not adhere to Vedic-Brahmanic principles are Mlechhas - the non-Aryan, impure, dirty barbarians. And, Kalki - the tenth incarnation of Lord Vishnu - would come and annihilate them all one day in order to cleanse the world of all impurities to establish the Vedic-Brahmanic Dharma, the Hindu Dharma! Whether Kalki has incarnated or not, Brahmanic feudal-fascist forces have already let loose the Kalki project, which the Indian State - that calls itself a 'secular democratic Republic' - openly patronizes.

In search of the contours of India's Kalki Project, especially that involves organized violence on Dalit communities, the film travels through various villages in Balangir district in Odisha, which has been one of the most prominent laboratories of such terror. Apart from the Lathor carnage that had made headlines globally, the film captures in camera many other untold atrocities on Dalits, and also their resistance. 

The Film maker and some Experts will join us for the discussion.

About the film club: An independent, educational and outreach initiative of Kriti Team (A development research, praxis and communication team) to present and promote thought provoking cinema, running since 2000.


Order 'OUR DIARY 2015'
We are pleased to share that due to the persuasion of many of you and some pre-orders, we have been able to bring out the 16th edition of 'Our Diary' this year.  Once more an independent and non-funded resource, we hope that you will order your copies and ask for more as well. 

Our Diary 2015 belongs to all of us and the people's movements and issues we engage with in India and parts of the world. Along with poetry and prose documenting people's movements for rights and expressions of solidarity with struggles across India, books, films and activist information, the diary comes with space for days and dates to mark meetings, my notes and my thoughts, a bookmark to keep track​ of the year, a month at a glance, and a detachable wall planner. Selected contacts of movement groups is also included and references to resistance materials. 

​This diary is in continuum with the people's movement journey ​that has traversed 15 long years of protest, collective energies, and continues towards hope, peace and justice, and an end to violations of basic human rights of people, places and the environment. 

The diary comes in a 4.5"x6", very handy for use and travel...a great gift too especially for young people, activists and those interested in social movement journies. Available at a contribution of Rs.170 plus postage charges for India or anywhere in the world. http://krititeam.blogspot.in/2014/12/order-copy-of-our-diary-2015.html

In Delhi, available at our workplace A-15 Tara Apartments, New Delhi; at Intach, Lodi Estate; People Tree, Connaught Place and Anand Stationers, Khan Market. In Bangalore, available with a Kritian, call at 9972717925


For sustainable shopping options visit our Gestures Stall and Docushop @our workplace and online on Facebook
Offering clothing, home decor, jewellery, bags, wallets, organic soaps, documentaries, books and much more...made by community women, challenged persons, youth groups and activists.

Keep a look out for more interesting resources and events from all of us Kritians!

Be thoughtful, Be in action, Be sensitive and supportive

In Solidarity
Kriti team
011-26027845/ 26033088
space.kriti@gmail.com

Order a copy of 'OUR DIARY 2015'

Dear friends

Greetings for the New Year! Its that time of the year when some of you may need to start putting your plans and thoughts together in a physical (and not virtual) diary for new dates and days. Some of you may just want to write notes and also get to read some interesting and useful material on social movements. If that someone is you, then read on!


We are happy to announce that 'Our Diary 2015' is now on the stands!


In its 16th edition as an independently (non-funded) and user produced resource, this diary is as much yours as its creators. Therefore 'OUR' Diary. 

Along with poetry and prose documenting people's movements for rights and expressions of solidarity with struggles across India, the diary comes with space for days and dates to mark meetings, my notes and my thoughts, a bookmark to keep track of the year, a month at a glance, and a detachable wall planner. Selected contacts of movement groups is also included and references to resistance materials. 

This diary is in continuum with the people's movement journey that has traversed 15 long years of protest, collective energies, and continues towards hope, peace and justice, and an end to violations of basic rights of people, places and the environment.
We look forward to you joining this journey with Our Diary 2015. 

in solidarity
Kriti team


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VAW Reels@Kriti Film Club, 29th November 2014, from 4 to 6 pm


Please join us for the viewing and discussion of three important films as we discuss violence against women and girls this November at the kriti Film Club


VAW Reels 
@Kriti Film Club

on Saturday, 29th November 2014

4 to 6 pm


Hai Dupatta
India/30 mins/ Hindi
Director: Tess Joseph
(in collaboration with PSBT)

&

I Am Nirbhaya

India/9:30 mins/ Various languages
(From the series “India Unheard” by Video Volunteers)
Directors: Areeb Hashmi, Stalin K

&

Journey of Two Women
Pakistan/15 mins/ Urdu
Directors: Risham Waseem, Rabia Arif, Ghazala Remat
(Above films from IAWRT India’s ‘OUR Lives…To Live’ seeking a JUST world! 2014)


Date: Saturday, 29th November

Time: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm  (winter timings of Kriti Film Club)

(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:

Hai Dupatta – The stole or dupatta has long been a symbol of modesty. With the changing times and the changing face of women, this piece of cloth has given reason to both, conform and protest. The Film tries to unravel what the stole means to young people and captures moments of violation and prejudices.

About the Filmmaker – Tess Jospeh is a freelance media person with experience in ideation, research and television production. She started as an Associate Producer on TV and went on to direct India’s longest running children’s programme –The Bournvita Quiz Contest. She began her tryst with films by casting for Mira Nair’s Namesake and then went on to be casting Director for Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, Claire Mc Carthy’s ‘The Waiting City’ and, Doug Liman’s Fair Game. She has also been first assistant director on Bollywood blockbusters like Ghajini and other international films.


Journey of Two Women – This short film is an honest look at societal attitudes towards women and women’s rights in Pakistan, through casual interviews in the streets and conversations with activists, NGO heads, lawmakers and media persons. It also becomes a personal journey for the young women making the film, as their own perceptions are shaped and altered in the process.


About the Filmmakers – Risham Waseem is a student of Film and TV at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She has been involved in interactive theatre since the age of 11. She aspires to be a documentary filmmaker and tackle the various social issues that prevail in Pakistan. Ghazala Remat grew up in Hunza, Pakistan (where she felt she never quite fit in), and graduated in Film and TV from the National College of Arts, where she learnt to weave stories about characters through the threads of the mind. Rabia Arif has a Master’s in Mass Media. Her film Zindagi Tamasha Bani about hijras, won an award at the Vasakh Film Festival. She has made a number of other documentaries on social issues, health dilemmas, traditional approaches and cultural preservation, all of which are available online at Maati TV, youtube, Express Tribune and Daily Motion.

I am Nirbhaya – The anger after the “Nirbhaya” rape case has diffused but not disappeared. We – women, men, feminists, activists and politicians – continue to ask questions and seek answers as to how we can end rape. This video poses some pointed questions to patriarchy, in the voices of women from the most marginalised communities. The reality looks bleak. Yet the future is hopeful, if only because women across India are beginning to be heard; their desire to govern their own lives is being acknowledged. Everywhere there are thousands of Nirbhayas rising. These are some of their stories.

About the Filmmakers – Areeb Hashmi is a filmmaker with over six years’ experience in producing and directing documentaries, short films and TV commercials. In 2008 his documentary Poliomyelitis in India won him an 8000 pound scholarship by the London Film Academy for a Postgraduate Diploma in Filmmaking. Stalin K is a well-known documentary filmmaker, media trainer and human rights activist. He has won several international awards for his films. Stalin has produced 6 community radio programs, designed more than 20 rights-based campaigns and conducted over 300 trainings in filmmaking and participatory video, street theatre, radio production, and development communications. He is Managing Trustee of Video Volunteers.

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.

The world marks 16 days of activism around violence against women from 25th November to 10th December each year, these screenings are in solidarity with many women and men waging to resist and elminate violence against women and girls. We also remember mark 16th December, remembering Jyoti Patil through the film 'I am Nirbhaya' at this screening.

Note: All are welcome. Confirmations by mail or phone would be appreciated. We will have some garam garam kullad wali chai and some home made snacks to go along. Contributions to our gullak are welcome as we continue these screenings as an independent and non-funded effort. 

011-26033088/ 26027845
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Collaborations




Children's Film Festival and more...in November 2014

Dear Friends

Greetings from the Kriti team!! There is a slight nip in the air and winter seems around the corner, so hope you are gearing up for the season of picnics in the sun, cultural performances and some cosy times with friends and family.

In November, Kriti Film Club presents a day long Children’s Film Festival on Saturday, 15th November, followed by our monthly screening on Saturday, 29th November (with new winter timings).

We hope to see some parents drop their kids over for the children’s film festival and funday!

Children’s Film Festival   2014

On Saturday, 15th November
Timings: 12 noon – 6 p.m.

Open for children 7 – 16 years of age

Hello little folks, let’s get together to celebrate Children’s Day (which is 14th November, birthday of chacha Nehru) by watching some lovable films, having yummy eats and talking and sharing with other friends. So, come along with siblings, cousins, your domestic helps children and friends from your colony and in the city, for a Film Festival especially for YOU!

After watching each film, we will have a fun, light-hearted chat about what we liked or about an inspiring lesson or message from the film. Also, there will be some very exciting prizes for you for sharing your thoughts with everyone!!

at the Kriti Team workplace
A-15, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda
New Delhi – 110019 (nearest metro: Govindpuri)



Festival Films include:
Jadui Pankh (Hindi, 60 mins) by Nitin Das – Jadui Pankh is made up of 7 interlinked stories, a collection of 7 funny short films rolled into one movie. These are stories of magic and adventure, of friendship and mischief, of courage and a clever ghost. These films take you to an unusual world through the eyes of children.

 
Lukka Chhuppi (Hindi, 87 mins) - the world’s first children’s feature film fully shot in Ladakh by Vinod Ganatra – A thriller, the film is about a servant boy who is kidnapped for no apparent reason and two slightly elder boys who venture out to save him. Driven by twists and turns, it heads for a climax in the middle of the magnificent Hamis festival and Matho Monastery of Ladakh.





Stanley Ka Dabba (Hindi, 96 mins) by Amole Gupte– Stanley studies in an all-boys Holy Family High School in Andheri East, Mumbai. While his class-mates bring their very own Tiffin-boxes, Stanley does not do so on the pretext that his mother is away and shares food with his friends much to the chagrin of the Hindi teacher, who virtually forces children to share their food with him. With extra classes being imposed on both students and teachers, and the recess-breaks being doubled, parents are also forced to pack more food in lunch-boxes.  When students evade the Hindi teacher and continue sharing food with Stanley, he calls the latter aside and warns him that he cannot attend school until and unless he brings his own food.

12.00 noon – 12.15 p.m.  Welcoming & Short Introductions
12.15 p.m. – 1.00 p.m.   3 selected short films from Jadui Pankh series by Nitin Das (with sharing)
1.00 p.m. – 1.45 p.m.       Lunch Interval
1.45 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.       Lukka Chhupi (with discussion & sharing)
3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.       Other 4 films from Jadui Pankh series by Nitin Das (with sharing)
4.00 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.       Snacks Interval
4.15 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.       Stanley Ka Dabba (with discussion & sharing)
5.45 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.       Good bye surpriZes!

Registration requested: We request children or their parents to register (through phone or email) for participating in this festival so that we can make the necessary arrangements. We will have some healthy eats to go along too. You can stay for one or more films as you like! A token contribution of Rs 150 /- per child is requested.

Children from marginalized/ low income communities are most welcome at a subsidized contribution.

*This is an independently organized initiative of Kriti Film Club towards an educational and motivational purpose along with celebrating Children’s Day!

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VAW Reels @Kriti Film Club
on Saturday, 29th November 2014


I Am Nirbhaya
India/9:30 mins/ Various languages
(From the series “India Unheard” by Video Volunteers)
Directors: Areeb Hashmi, Stalin K
&
Journey of Two Women
Pakistan/15 mins/ Urdu
Directors: Risham Waseem, Rabia Arif, Ghazala Remat
(Above films from IAWRT India’s ‘OUR Lives…To Live’ seeking a JUST world! 2014)

Hai Dupatta
India/30 mins/ Hindi
Director: Tess Joseph
(in collaboration with PSBT)


Date: Saturday, 29th November
Time: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm  (winter timings)
(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:
I am Nirbhaya – The anger after the “Nirbhaya” rape case has diffused but not disappeared. We – women, men, feminists, activists and politicians – continue to ask questions and seek answers as to how we can end rape. This video poses some pointed questions to patriarchy, in the voices of women from the most marginalised communities. The reality looks bleak. Yet the future is hopeful, if only because women across India are beginning to be heard; their desire to govern their own lives is being acknowledged. Everywhere there are thousands of Nirbhayas rising. These are some of their stories.

About the Filmmakers – Areeb Hashmi is a filmmaker with over six years’ experience in producing and directing documentaries, short films and TV commercials. In 2008 his documentary Poliomyelitis in India won him an 8000 pound scholarship by the London Film Academy for a Postgraduate Diploma in Filmmaking. Stalin K is a well-known documentary filmmaker, media trainer and human rights activist. He has won several international awards for his films. Stalin has produced 6 community radio programs, designed more than 20 rights-based campaigns and conducted over 300 trainings in filmmaking and participatory video, street theatre, radio production, and development communications. He is Managing Trustee of Video Volunteers.


Journey of Two Women – This short film is an honest look at societal attitudes towards women and women’s rights in Pakistan, through casual interviews in the streets and conversations with activists, NGO heads, lawmakers and media persons. It also becomes a personal journey for the young women making the film, as their own perceptions are shaped and altered in the process.

About the Filmmakers – Risham Waseem is a student of Film and TV at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She has been involved in interactive theatre since the age of 11. She aspires to be a documentary filmmaker and tackle the various social issues that prevail in Pakistan. Ghazala Remat grew up in Hunza, Pakistan (where she felt she never quite fit in), and graduated in Film and TV from the National College of Arts, where she learnt to weave stories about characters through the threads of the mind. Rabia Arif has a Master’s in Mass Media. Her film Zindagi Tamasha Bani about hijras, won an award at the Vasakh Film Festival. She has made a number of other documentaries on social issues, health dilemmas, traditional approaches and cultural preservation, all of which are available online at Maati TV, youtube, Express Tribune and Daily Motion.

Hai Dupatta – The stole or dupatta has long been a symbol of modesty. With the changing times and the changing face of women, this piece of cloth has given reason to both, conform and protest. The Film tries to unravel what the stole means to young people and captures moments of violation and prejudices.

About the Filmmaker – Tess Jospeh is a freelance media person with experience in ideation, research and television production. She started as an Associate Producer on TV and went on to direct India’s longest running children’s programme –The Bournvita Quiz Contest. She began her tryst with films by casting for Mira Nair’s Namesake and then went on to be casting Director for Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, Claire Mc Carthy’s ‘The Waiting City’ and, Doug Liman’s Fair Game. She has also been first assistant director on Bollywood blockbusters like Ghajini and other international films.


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.

Days and Dates to Remember
We remember and mark the following important days in the month of November that address diverse issues and movements worldwide:

16 November                  International Day for Tolerance
21 November                  World Fisheries Day
25 November                  International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women
29 November                 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
30 November                 South Asia Women’s Day

There is lot of action as the year is drawing to an end and we hope that the collective efforts of all institutions and groups bring about the much needed change and growth for humanity. Our Docushop of films, books, music and greeting cards; along with our Gestures stall of personal and home based products are open for any shoppers!

In solidarity
Kriti Team

Phone: 26027845/ 26033088
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