Print and Film Resources at Kriti Docushop for June 2009

Dear Friends
This is turning out to be more 'green' a month than we expected!! The buzz created by our Ecofestival continues to follow us. We have several newly converted ‘green people’, who have discovered how they can make eco hand and footprints; we have discovered a water filter that should replace all electrically run water filters from our homes and workplaces; our volunteers are waiting for the next such festival to happen and we are trying to keep ourselves afloat!

This is our workplace birthday month and we appeal to you to support us as we face the challenge of sustaining ourselves with growing demands on our work. Access the books, films and ecofriendly products that we stock; support and use our knowledge and skills in research, documentation, training, evaluation and development communication (posters, brochures, documentaries, reports et al); fundraise for some of our inhouse initiatives. Join us as full time workers, as volunteers and friends of Kriti team. We are good at what we do and need to get our website up among other needs! Above all, visit and keep in touch with what we do to make this a socially, environmentally, economically and culturally sensitive country. We won’t stop doing what we do till we reach YOU!

The month of June is marked by the following important days, some past and some to come, so do your bit in solidarity on these days…as you browse through a selected list of print and visual resources that we present before you:
4 International Day of Innocent children & Victims of Aggression
5 World Environment Day
16 International Day of Solidarity/ International Refugee Day
17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
20 World Refugee Day
26 International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking/ International Day in support of Victims of Torture
30 Santhal Revolution’s Day

ecowishes from the Kriti team!

Discovering Rajaji National Park
by Anjali Bharthari
This book is apart from being a guide, is an attempt to highlight the conservation significance of the park for the present and future along with initiatives taken by its management.

Walking with Corbett
By Anjali Bharthari
This is a story based guide to the Jim Corbett National Park. It is intended for people interested in walking through the beautiful landscape.

Refugees and the Law
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.

KOSI KATHA- The Making of a famine
by Jharna Jhaveri (30 mins, English with subtitles, 2009)
The latest official figures of Government of Bihar indicate widespread damage caused by the Kosi floods despite spending a sizable amount on precautionary measures annually. Kosi Katha is the story of irresponsible actions on behalf of the state and authorities concerned. It tracks the loss of livelihood among several other issues.

by Malgorzata Skiba (30 mins, English, 2006)
The story of dedication and sacrifice of bishnoi community, the oldest practicing environmentalists of India from western Rajasthan to whom the preservation of wildlife and forest is a religion

The Whistle Blowers
by Umesh Aggarwal (45 mins, English, 2005)
An investigation into the issue of pesticide in bottled water and soft drinks manufactured by reputed MNC's like Coca Cola and Pepsi in India which was recently revealed in a report by the centre for Science and Environment.

by Vimlendu Jha/ Sweccha We for Change (16 mins, English, 2007)
This is a film exploring our apathy towards the waste situation in Delhi. It traces the journey of waste from a house to a landfill and beyond. Globalisation and consumerism has led to ignorance, indifference, arrogance of a civilization towards its environment.

Food? Health? Hope?
by Rajani Mani and Deepti Seshadri (34 mins, English, 2000)
The Green Revolution in India paved way for chemical intensive cultivation and a monocrop culture. In spite of its economic merits - environmentalists believe it to be the first step to agricultural damnation. Over the years, just as super pests took over the average field pest, green revolution has made way to the gene revolution. Biotechnology has traveled far. Large corporations across the globe find this genetic manipulation of the seed a sure recipe for success.

Before the last tree falls
by Suma Josson (75 mins, English, 2005)
This is a film on the suicides of farmers in Wayanad, Kerala, India. It was in 1990's that the first of the suicide cases was reported in Wayanad. From 1999 to 2004, 1300 farmers have committed suicide. In 2005 alone more than 60 farmers have taken their lives. Wayanad is a mountainous district situated in the northern part of Kerala. The settlers who came from the plains to make Wayanad their home began by cultivating paddy. But this was gradually replaced by cash crops like coffee, pepper, areca, vanilla, ginger, and banana.


by Daljit Ami (61 mins, PUNJABI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES, 2004)
Karsewa is a documentary account of people's initiative to revive a 170 km long dead river. Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal interpreted the medieval wisdom to mobilize people on contemporary issue of pollution. The people responded to his clarion call in an atmosphere where, otherwise, profit making in the business of religion and politics overrides social concerns. This film captures the establishment of traditional concept of Karsewa as collective labour for common good against the one professed by fundamentalists.

BT COTTON IN ANDHRA PRADESH - a three-year fraud…
by Community Media Trust Pastapur (30 mins, English, 2005)
This film a complement to the report, vividly brings out the stories of terrible loss, deep pain and cold anger, leading to explosive violence and even death as narrated by farmers.

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Anonymous said…
Food? Health? Hope? i saw this film in bangalore. I´m a film director from india. what is this? what kind of insignificant appauling work is this? and by which retards? it has absolutely no standards and if such people are calling themselves film makers no wonder india is in serious troble. Are these so called activists? or socially responsible citizens? shame on this film makers. I intend to boycot any of their films if i come to know that they are doing anything in india. I´m Aruna and by default a true activist and by origin a true indian.