November 2012 Newsletter- 1


Festive Season with Kriti team: Films, Shopping, Meeting, Rising


Dear Friends,
Greetings from the Kriti team!


We start November with inviting you for the screenings of two documentaries to watch and talk on at the Kriti Film Club on 3rd Novemeber.

Life goes along with contradictions and realities...so we celebrate the festive season and wish you in advance for the same, inviting you to visit our stall at the Dastkar Nature Bazaar until 9th November, or to our workplace to shop for gifts for family, friends and colleagues.

We ask you to look out for some films around children's day and more, later in the month and to save the date for One Billion Rising in Delhi on 24th November!

We share some moments and experiences from the October film festival and exhibition and offer to share these resources with interested people and organisations.

There is  a nip in the air, enjoy the onset of winter...come for some khaanapeena (chai, coffee, paani) and milna to the kriti team space...


in peace, happiness and struggle,
Kritians




Screenings @ Kriti Film Club (3rd, November, 2012)




Time: 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Venue: S-35, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda, New Delhi, 110019


The Kriti Film Club invites you for the November screenings. The Film makers will be present for the screening.

Another Poverty Film
Fathima Nizaruddin| PSBT| 26 min.| English

About the film
A black comedy that explores the mindsets behind the gross inequality that exists in post liberalized India. The film travels through a cross section of urban India; encountering a mix of middle class opinions, news telecasts, state policies and angry outbursts from those ‘left over’, the journey being further complicated by the self indulgent voice of a pseudo-intellectual filmmaker with a penchant for making up academic sounding words.

About the Film maker
Fathima is an alumnus of AJK Mass Communication research centre, Jamia Milia Islamia, and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her film Talking Heads (Muslim Women) has been screened at various international film festivals including Punto de Vista, Spain, Filmmor Women’s Film Festival, Turkey and Barcelona International Women’s Film festival. She is a recipient of the National Geographic’s All Roads Seed Grant.

The Plastic Cow
Kunal Vohra| 34 min| English

About the film
This film on animal rights looks at the impact of our almost complete dependence on plastic bags, which we use and discard carelessly everyday, often to dispose our garbage and kitchen waste. Not only are these bags a huge environmental threat, they end-up in stomach of cows, who, either because they have been discarded because they are not milking at the time or because the dairy owner is unwilling to look after them, have to fend for themselves and forage for food, which, like other scavengers, they find in community garbage dumps. The film is also a comment on the religious hypocrisy of the cult of the holy cow.

About the Film maker
Kunal Vohra is an independent filmmaker and scriptwriter and his experience in the field of film and television production includes documentaries, social awareness television spots, corporate, CSR and training films and a few commercials. His recent documentary, The Plastic Cow, is part of an animal rights case in the Supreme Court of India. The bulk of his films in the last few years have been short, 30- and 40-second public interest films about various social and health issues, such as trafficking, climate change, diabetes, tobacco, substance abuse, AIDS, animal rights, e-waste and the environment, among others.

About the Kriti Film Club:
The whole idea of the KRITI Film Club is to place thought- provoking cinema in a discussion group that will help to deepen understanding on these issues amongst viewers and film makers. We also serve as a borrowing and distribution space for documentary films from India and abroad.

Open for all, confirmations appreciated. You are welcome to have some chai-shai at our ecoCafe @intervals, on contribution!
 
PS: Nearest Metro station is Govindpuri Metro station on Violet line. Tara Apartments is also connected well by bus. If driving by car or bike, parking is available outside the apartments.


@ Stall 95, Dastkar Nature Bazaar,Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh, New Delhi (26th Oct- 9th Nov)

Do come visiting for meeting, shopping, sharing...

Environmentally friendly and hand-created products for the mind,body and soul……produced by rural women’s groups across India....groups we have partnered with for over 15 years!

Your purchases will enhance the livelihoods of women and young people in Uttarakhand, Kerala, Odisha, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Jharkhand, Delhi and NCR; enable several activists in their struggle related work and support film makers, alternative book publishers and us to make our diverse contributions towards social and environmental change!

Recycled handmade paper stationary – diaries, notebooks, photo frames, albums, lamps, office trays and folders, bookmarks, pen stands, chit pads, etc

For Further Details, please visit our Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/events/168408063298097/

a glimpse after...'Illuminating Lives @ YWCA of Delhi' (19th - 20th Oct)
This film and cultural festival was organized by the Kriti team, on the occasion of YWCA of Delhi's centenery celebrations. Attended by about 800 young people over two days, it saw the screenings of documentaries across five themes of 

  • Peace and Rights
  • Civic Amenities and Me
  • Society and Choices
  • Gender and Identities
  • Climate and Food Sovereignity
  • Empowered Women's Lives

The festival also showcased the Peace Women Across the Globe exhibition set up by the kriti team. The festival was inaugurated by Nafisa Ali, Kamla Bhasin and members of the YWCA of Delhi. Kamla Bhasin inspired the young women and members of the community with her words on One Billion Rising against violence on women, and on their engagement with rights. With songs on women's rights and social justice, Kamla Bhasin and Dunu Roy had the whole audience singing along, lending a very good beginning to the festival. 

After each of the films, there was a discussion with the audience, in an attempt to expose them to new and untouched issues and opening their minds perhaps towards rights and justice concerns. The presence of film makers, Anupama Srinivasan (On MY Own), Geetika Narang and Anandana Kapur (Much Ado About Knotting), and Vijay S Jodha (Pedaling to Freedom) was much appreciated. The interaction and documentaries by Nitin Das on life, environment, etc which came as a breath of fresh air and impacted the audience tremendously. The discussion with the film makers seemed to push the audience to think and talk about prevailing issues. We would like to thank PSBT for sharing many of the films for this festival.
To add creativity to the festival beyond films, there was some music and performances on selected themes. Students of Mata Sundari College performed a contemporary dance performance on human trafficking, choreographed with sensitivity and performed for great impact on the first day of the festival. As the finale, a gesture of peace contemporary dance performance based on the poetry of Irom Sharmila was perfromed by Charu Shankar and Supriya Babbar, in solidarity with Irom who is completing 12 years of her struggle against AFSPA this 5th Nov.  Hemant Kanojia strung some beautiful notes on his guitar with the song '
O ri Chiraiya-Satyamev Jayate'and got the audience to join in, marking a musical and emotional ending to the festival.

To make you part of the festival, we share the link to the photographs of this festival. ..
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.486276741403769.115234.195759603788819&type=1

Important Days and Dates to remember:

1          Anti Poverty Day
14         National Children’s Day
16         International Day for Tolerance
20         Universal Children’s Day
21         World Fisheries Day
25         International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women
29         International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People


Phone: +91-11-26033088/ 26027845
Email: space.kriti@gmail.com
Facebook group: Kriti team
Facebook page: Gestures by Kriti team



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