Resources at Kriti Docushop: August 2009

Dear Friends,

August 2009 has been a busy month for old and new team members and volunteers at Kriti…some development communication work, some research and documentation work, some college events, solidarity actions with people’s movements and preparations for the 2nd Kriti Eco-café featured at the Baarish: Films on Monsoon, Water and Climate Change Festival August 21-23. The team is currently at the Jeevika Festival where it facilitated a panel discussion of Documentaries and is showcasing books, films and community made ecofriendly products at the Kriti Gestures and Docushop stall.

Earlier in the month the Kriti Film Club organised its second annual series of documentary film screenings ‘A Deal for Life and Freedom’ with the showing of ‘Damaged’ at the Department of Sociology and Delhi School of Social Work; and screenings were planned at LSR along with the DSG (scheduled for 3-4 sept). These screenings mark the following days of August and would be an annual event in solidarity with the issues of concern here.

6 Hiroshima Day

8 Global Burma Day

9 Nagasaki Day/ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

15 Indian Independence Day

30 International Day of Disappeared Persons

The following is a select list of books and documentaries here at the Kriti Docushop available for purchase (please ask us for contributions where this is not mentioned) that will provide more insight into each of the related issues as marked by the days above. We have some new music in our collection as well so drop in for a visit. We look forward to hearing from you as you access what we can offer!

In solidarity,



A Beautiful Ship in the Sky

By Gauhar Raza

A small picture book made for youth and adults explaining the nuclear warfare in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The book seeks for support for the campaign Youth for Nuclear Disarmament.

Living in the Nuclear Shadow

By The Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament

This is a book containing information on nuclear warfare. It covers Hiroshima, Nagasaki and other sites, the science of a bomb, the cost of nuclear to the world, whether India can afford to be a nuclear country, milestones to peace, a quiz to test your nuclear knowledge, what you as an individual can do and much more.

Four Years of the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim: Promises and Pitfalls

By Ram Narayan Kumar with Laxmi Murthy

Dealing with the narratives of political conflict and violence is a complex and long-term task. With arduous research, it may be possible to recover statistics of death disappearances, physical torture and material destruction. It is difficult to comprehend the fears, pains, guilt frustrations, social estrangement, erosion of trust and hopes that attend on protracted political conflicts and internally mutilate their victims. We need that understanding if our attempts to overcome conflict and violence through conciliation and dialogue are to succeed. This is the premise of this report on four years of the ceasefire agreement between the government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM).

Independent Election Observers Team Report

By Gorakhpur Film society

An election cannot be considered “free and fair” if the electors are denied their fundamental right to dignity and the exercise of their civil liberties. Article 21 (3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 says “(t)he will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures,” Since the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir-barring Ladakh- has been brought under the purview of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958) since October 1990 and the state declared “disturbed”, extraordinary powers have been conferred on the Indian Security Forces. This has meant curtailing the people’s fundamental rights including their right to life, guaranteed by the Indian Constitution as well as the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (Articles 1-27), of which the Indian government is a signatory.

Trafficking & the Law

By Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)

This is an all encompassing guide to human trafficking. It talks about how trafficking is a modern form of slavery, rescue and rehabilitation processes, witness/victim protection protocols, understanding the legislations, the judicial response in India, international instruments against trafficking and the response of Indian state and a way forward.


Ek Khubsurat Jahaz

By Anhad Films (19 mins, Hindi)

This film tells about the forty lakhs of life forms that exist on this planet we live in. In the past few million years they have all boarded the planet one by one. The film was made after India and Pakistan conducted the nuclear tests. It deals at length about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki massacre along with scientific information.

Living in Fear

By K.P. Sasi (34 mins, English)

A documentary on the radiation hazards caused by the Indian Rare Earths Ltd., an undertaking of the Department of Atomic Energy, in its efforts to produce thorium a fuel for the fast breeder technology in India.

The Face

By Amar Kanwar (9 mins, English)

In 'The Face' you see a unique image of the most brutal dictator in the world - General Than She of the Burmese Military. 'The Face' also remembers Win Ma Oo and Win Aung and the sacrifices of the students of Burma in their movement for freedom. 'The Face' is a tribute to the democracy movement in Burma and a criticism of India's support to the Burmese military.

In the Forest Hangs a Bridge

By Sanjay Kak (40 mins, English)

For one week in the year, the people of Damro village, in the Siang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh, gather to build a suspension bridge. This bridge is one thousand feet long and is constructed of cane and bamboo. It is the stunning signature of the Adi tribe who inhabit these forested hills. The film is an account of the construction of the bridge, an evocation of the tribal community that makes it possible, and a reflection on the strength -and fragility- of the idea of community.

Naga Story

By Gopal Menon (64 mins, English subtitles)

This is a film that captures the resistance, the despair, the anguish, the hopes and aspirations of a generation of Nagas in their struggle for self determination and their overwhelming desire for Peace.


By Sanjay Kak (138 mins, Kashmiri/Urdu/English and English subtitles)

It is the 15th of August, India's Independence day, and the Indian flag ritually goes up at Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. The normally bustling square is eerily empty– a handful of soldiers on parade, some more guarding them, and except for the attendant media crews, no Kashmiris. For more than a decade, such sullen acts of protest have marked 15th August in Kashmir, and this is the point from where Jashn-e-Azadi begins to explore the many meanings of Freedom–of Azadi–in Kashmir.

In Memory of Friends

By Anand Patwardhan (60 mins, English and Hindi)

A film on the efforts of a group of Sikhs and Hindus to rebuild communal harmony in the violence-riven Punjab of the 1980's by reminding people of the secular legacy of the legendary martyr Bhagat Singh who fought both for India's independence as well as values.


By Atul Gupta and Shabnam Ara (40 mins, Local languages and English with English subtitles and overvoice)

Torn by violence for the last 15 years, Kashmiri's have seen the worst of the world. This has led to a gradual decline in the harmony, which existed within this society. The worst hit is the women. It is the wife, the mother who holds the fabric of this shattered society and its future - the children. What is the status of these women today? What is happening behind closed doors? Or to women whose husbands or children are missing? These questions are explored through this film.



By Subrat Kumar Sahu (73 mins, English)

In order to understand how modern tools of development clinically destroy self-reliant communities and yet succeed in influencing an entire nation to celebrate the outcome as 'progress', come to Kalahandi, in the state of Orissa in India! However, those who had originally inherited the earth and kept the natural order inviolate for millennia, are now out on the street in attempts to protect their lives, livelihoods, identities, and dignity.

Jan Chetan Ka Uday (2009)

By Ritu Dutta (25 mins, Hindi)

This movie deals with the many salient technical points of the provisions within the law. This film provides information that will greatly help all activist and concerned people to deal with provisions described within the law.

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