Kriti Docushop Resources: December 2008

Dear Friends
The end of 2008, the month of December marks the following days:
1 World Aids Day
2 International day for Abolition of slavery
3 International Day of Disabled Persons/ Bhopal Gas Tragedy Day
5 International Volunteers Day
6 Dr. Ambedkar’s death anniversary/ Babri Masjid demolition day
8 National Day for Mentally Retarded
10 World Human Rights Day
15 International Tea Day
29 International Day for Biological Diversity

We share with you some book and film titles that you can order from us (postage costs would be extra), and ask you to tap the KRITI Information Place and Film Club for over 500 other titles.


By Kriti team
Contribution: Rs. 135.00
In this tenth edition of the diary, we have documented people's movements for a free Tibet, Bhutan and Burma apart from carrying news and updates from the Bhopal Gas tragedy survivors; the Narmada valley; the 'disappeared' in Kashmir; Niyamgiri and Jagatsinghpur struggles against mining; Singur and Nandigram protests against takeover by companies; anti-coke struggles and land rights voices from Chengara; campaign for the release of Dr Binayak Sen and more...We have also included a selection of books and films on movements, a Movement Map of India,contacts of movement groups & resource centres, references, a wall planner, bookmark and spaces for appointments and notes. All this in a compact 4.5" x 6.5" size.

Women: War and Peace, Security Council Resolution 1325
By Anuradha M.Chenoy
(Free dissemination)
Security Council Resolution 1325 came into being as a result of ceaseless efforts by women’s peace movements. When women stand as the defenders of peace at home, communities and society, this resolution provides them with much needed safety. This book explains the background, rationale, main features, usefulness and some weaknesses of the resolution.

Refugees and the Law
By Human Rights Law Network
This book looks at the refugee law outside its traditional limits. It aims at sensitizing lawyers and practitioners about the increasing need to have a broader conceptual framework in relation to the horrific ground realities of today. It looks at the lack of practicality in the existing laws concerning refugees.

Trapped! Between the devil and deep waters: The Story of Bihar’s Kosi River
By Dr. Dinesh Kumar Mishra
The Kosi floods in Bihar stunned the world this year. But the real tragedy is that the disaster had been predicted. It was simply waiting to happen. The Kosi embankments were completed in 1963 with a designed life span of 35 years. Successive Bihar Governments slept over this impending catastrophe!

The Wretched: A profile
By Gauhar Raza & Surjit Singh
For the past five year the state of Gujarat has remained in news often for wrong reason. The meticulously planed 2002 carnage orchestrated by the hindutva forces and supported by the state machinery brought international and national force on Gujarat.

In Defence Of Democracy
By Shabnam Hashmi
This book finds its origin in an exhibition which was inaugurated by the known secular stalwart, poet and song writer, Javed Akhtar. Encouraged by demands of various people and organizations for a handier version of a sixty panel exhibition, this book was put together and brought into its current format. The book, like the exhibition is divided into five sections: Legacy of the Freedom Movement; The Constitution of India; Communalism in India; Our Heritage; In defence of Secularism.

Documentary Films

CHILIKA BANKS: Stories from India’s largest coastal lake, 1970-2007
By Akansha Joshi (60min/English/2008)
The film looks at the times, when there was no export bazaar to the time when there may be no lake, from the time fisher folk led a hardworking yet comfortable lives to the time where they have to fight for their survival. In a canvas spread over four decades, a banyan tree, on the banks of the lake Chilika, silently whispers tales of the lake and her fisher folk.

Nowhere To Run - Plight of Burmese Refugees in Mizoram
By Human Rights Law Network (21mins/ English/ 2004)
This film depicts images and voices of despair and hope by Burmese refugees in India. A film on the fisher people’s fight against huge foreign factory ships that deplete the seas and against shrimp aquaculture that destroys coastal lands. Led by National Fish workers Forum (NFF) fisher people in various parts of India unite to throw out multinational factory ships. But the crisis in the fisheries is global and must become the fight of the fisher people of the world.

Access to Rights
By Manoj Varghese for HRLN (32 mins 29sec/ English/2005)
This is a documentary on the rights of the disabled.

The Bhopal Survivor’s Story
By Rumah Rasaque (29 min/ English/2005)
This film tells the shocking story of how, even after 20 years, the central and state governments have failed to hold the perpetrators accountable, compensate the victims of the terrible tragedy, or detox the environment for a safe future in the aftermath. Instead, the film reveals, how thousands of people continue to become victims of the toxicity that permeates the ground water and soil, making them susceptible to cancer, TB, brain retardation and various other equally debilitating and life-threatening ailments.

Manipur: In the shadow of AFSPA
By Ajay Bharadwaj (52 min/ English Subtitled/2005)
Manipur in the shadow of AFSPA is a documentary about the routine violence perpetrated by the army in the North East. Particularly in Manipur in the name of national security. Highlights the anguish of Manipuri people, the documentary puts the enactment and misuse of AFSPA in a historical perspective and the extreme resentment by the Manipuri people and civil society group over the last five decades.

Land-The livelihood
By Joseph Bernard (32 mins/ English Subtitled/2007)
This film showcases how land, including panchmi land and bhoodan land is still being grabbed from the Dalits by the upper caste/ class people. The film also explores the problems related to Government's acquisition of land. Other case studies include the highly controversial SEZ act 2007, issues of land privatization, land acquisition and people's resistance to defend the livelihood as their fundamental rights.

+VE Living
By C.Vanaja (30 min/ English/ 2006-07)
The story of HIV+ women, who defied destiny and persisted on their journey in life, against social ostracism and an uncertain future, with dignity and hope.

When the Sentinel Sleeps
By Arun Varma (30 min/ English/ 2006/07)
The story of a community that lives around the Patkai ranges of the Himalayas in Nagaland, a region which records higher incidence of HIV/AIDS than the world average. The film also documents the efforts by various institutions to extend a helping hand to those who have fallen prey to the disease.

By Gauhar Raza (40 min/ Hindi/ 2008)
This film is a tribute to the memory and sacrifice of Bhagat Singh, one of the most venerated nationalist figures of contemporary India. It traces the evolution of this revolutionary icon as a political thinker and visionary.

Ama Bhita Maati Bachao
By Girish Pant & Raj Kumar (26 min/ Hindi/ 2007)
A film on people's resistance against POSCO - a South Korean steel company building a steel factory in Orissa.

A space to live- When the courtyard Burns
By Jomesh Kolady, Sujith Chandran, Joe Baby & Prathyush Kumar (22 min/ English/ 2007)
The film documents the Chengara Land Struggle in Pathanamthitta, district of Kerala.
Note: This post has been compiled by Kriti team volunteer, Arun Mohan

Information is Power! We share it, You can access it!
Kriti team

Contact us @ 011-26027845/ 26033088

Email -
Web access -