Dear Friends,
Greetings from the Kriti Team!  This tenth month of the year marks several important days and dates to remember. Please do share information on any other days that occur this month!

We are happy to share with you a selected list of books and documentaries available to access from the Kriti team's Docushop, in solidarity with the issues that these days symbolise. 

In case you are looking for a resource you don't find listed here, please write to us as we may be able to access it for you. Also, if you are a development publisher or a film maker/ producer, we would be happy to hear from you to stock your resources with us.

01               International Day for Older Persons
01-07          Wildlife Week in India
02               Gandhi Jayanti / International Day of Non-violence
03               World Habitat Day
10               World Mental Health Day
13               International Day for Natural Disasters Reduction
14               World Standard Day
16               World Food Day
17               International Day for Eradication of Poverty
24               United Nations Day/ World Development Day
24 -30          World Disarmament Week

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In the spirit of sharing.
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Older Persons

Documentary Films
Where do I go from here?
By Yasmin Kidwai (46 min., English) 2002
For Reference views only
A film about ageing through the eyes of the elderly. As we stand at the beginning of a new century-India is ageing rapidly-its old are growing older, as longevity gives them more years to live but not enough life to enjoy them. The younger generation is not around much, governed as they are by their own life and constraints What does it mean to be old and alone in India today-where definitions of relationships and age are fast changing. The film takes a look at ageing alone in India.


Documentary films
Devta Activists
By Sanjay B. (30 min. English, DVD/ PSBT)
Contribution: Rs. Individual 400.00; Institutional Rs. 700.00
An exploration of the role of traditional deities (devtas) belonging to the Kullu valley in conservation and fight for access to forest resources. The film explores how local traditions negotiate with contemporary discourses of scientific conservation and national development.

Chilika: A Fragile Eco System
By Nirad M. Mohapatra (30 min. English, DVD/ PSBT)
Contribution: Rs. Individual 400.00; Institutional Rs. 700.00
The film documents the degradation of the fragile eco-system of Orissa's Chilika Lagoon due to the increase in the population around the lagoon, a disregard for conservation and the uncontrolled expansion of prawn culture in the waters.

Beyond the Mirage
By Nutam Manmohan (30 min. English,; DVD/ PSBT)
Contribution: Rs. Individual 400.00; Institutional Rs. 700.00
The film looks at the ensuing battle for food and habitat in the skies of Delhi among the small and the big birds that throng the city. It documents the increase in the crow and kite population and the consequences it has for small birds such as sparrows and pigeons.

Chambal-Gharial in crisis
By A Ajay Bedi & Vijay Bedi (26 min. English, DVD/ PSBT)
Contribution: Rs. Individual 400.00; Institutional Rs. 700.00
The Film is an endeavour to investigate the cause of deaths of gharials in the Chambal Sanctuary in India, by carrying out field investigations, involving Indian and international experts, for the protection and conservation of the endangered Gharials.

Elephant God Destroyer
By Krishnendu Bose (30 min. Englis, DVD/ PSBT)
Contribution: Rs. 400.00; Institutional Rs. 700.00
A film on the life and times of the Indian elephants.

Gour in my garden
By Rita Banerji (26 min. English, DVD/ PSBT)
Contribution: Rs. 400.00; Institutional Rs. 700.00
The Film looks at human-animal interactions and conflicts arising in Kotagiri, Nilgiris – one of the key biodiversity hotspots in India. The story unfolds through the experiences of the residents of the Keystone Foundation Campus with the Gaur or the Indian Bison, on the IUCN red list of threatened species and declared endangered under the Indian Wild Life Protection Act, and takes us through the larger context of this conflict.

By  Malgorzata Skiba  (30 min., English, DVD/ PSBT), 2006
Contribution: Individual Rs. 400.00, Institutional Rs. 700.00
The story of dedication and sacrifice of Bishnoi community, the oldest practicing environmentalists of India from western Rajasthan for whom the preservation of wildlife and forest is a religion

The Jungle Gang: Meets the Rhino
By Krishnendu Bose (16 min, Hindi, DVD) 2009
Contribution: Rs. 500.00
"The Jungle Gang Meets the Rhino" is the first episode of the series "The Jungle Gang". It is the first wildlife Indian film made exclusively for children. The film seeks to expose them to India's diverse flora and fauna and encourage them to actively participate in wildlife conservation. The film has three animated animal characters - the bar-headed geese, slender Loris and a black buck - which bring the flavour of three different habitats of India. As three friends, they travel together to Kaziranga National Park, to know more about the great Indian rhinoceros, its habitat, threats and conservation efforts, which have saved it from extinction. This film has been made with the help of children pitching in with the script and lending their own voice for the characters. The story weaves through the life cycle of the Rhinos, through the seasons in Kaziranga.

The Jungle Gang: Meets the Elephant
By  Krishnendu Bose  (15 min, English, DVD) 2011
Contribution: Rs. 500.00

The Jungle Gang: Meets the Tiger
By Krishnan Bose (17 min, English, DVD) 2011
Contribution: Rs. 500.00

The Jungle Gang: Meets the Bear
By Krishnendu Bose (15 min, English, DVD) 2011
Contribution: Rs. 500.00

Elephant a God in Distress
By Krishnan Bose (30 min, English, DVD) 1999
Contribution: Rs. 500.00
50 million years ago the largest animal walking the earth today first appeared. Through trials and tribulations it has survived these years. But today its survival stands at the mercy of human beings. The Indian elephant’s fate, which is also regarded as the God Ganesh, is no better. Mindless slaughter and destruction of it’s habitat is pushing this animal to trouble. This films is an encyclopedic film on the Indian elephant, looking at it’s habitats, behaviour and natural history. It traces it’s veneration and it’s vilification, it’s use and abuse.

Tiger The Death Chronicles
By Krishnan Bose (63 min, English with subtitles, DVD) 2007
Contribution: Rs. 500.00
Tiger-the death chronicles, encapsulates 30 years of conservation attitude in this country. For the first time ever, a film joins diverse voices, from tiger scientists and conservationists to ordinary citizens, to attempt a brutal and an honest assessment of the present and the future of the Indian tiger and its habitat.

Gandhi Jayanti and Non-Violence

Understanding Gandhi through cartoons
Compiled By Sharad Sharma; Published 2009
Contribution: Rs. 75.00
Mahatma Gandhi was a favorite subject of a number of cartoonists across the world. These are hundreds of cartoons on him. If arranged in a chronological order, they would present a powerful illustration of the journey of Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Bar-at-Law to Mahatma Gandhi whom India reveres as the Father of the Nation. Though he was often the butt of joke by the cartoonists, he took their gibes in good humour. He would often say, “If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

Bapu ka Aethehasik Mukadma- Gori Adalat Katghare Mein (Hindi) 
By SAHMAT; Published 1996 (2nd edition)
Contribution: Rs. 50.00
A must read for Gandhi fans. The book speaks about this court case that took place when Gandhi was practicing law. An excellent piece written on Gandhi with exciting text and harmonious pictures.

Bapu (Hindi)
By SAHMAT; Published 2007
Contribution: Rs. 50.00
The book speaks about this court case that took place when Gandhi was practicing law. An excellent piece written on Gandhi with exciting text and harmonious pictures

Gandhi & Gandhism
By B.R. Ambedkar; Published 2008
 Contribution: Rs. 40.00; US$ 6.00
“Mr. Gandhi returned to India in 1915. Did he then take up the cause of the Untouchables? …….. The problem was how to make it a government by the people in a country rent into communities, majorities and minorities, who are charged not merely with social cleavages but also with social antagonisms. Having regard to these circumstances it was agreed that in India there was no possibility of government by the people unless Legislature and the Executive were framed on the basis of communal representation.”

Mr. Gandhi & the Emancipation of the Untouchables
By B.R. Ambedkar; Published 2006
Contribution: Rs. 25.00; US$ 2.00
“The untouchables and the Christians, who are also interested in their numbers, have no hand in the cooking of the Census, for the simple reason that they have no place in the administrative services of the country which deal with the operations of the Census….. Coming to the second argument the Hindus are simply misusing the words majority and minority. They seem to forget that majority and minority are political categories. As a political category there is no fixed majority or a fixed minority…..There is no endosmosis between the Untouchables and Hindus as there is between a Majority and a Minority.”

Ishvardatt Medharthi Life & Message
By Maren Bellwinkel-Schempp; Published 2010
Contribution: Rs. 25.00; US$ 3.00
 "His belief in religious universalism was strong, he believed that all religions preached non-violence, brotherhood, equality and compassion…The most interesting time in Medharthi’s life was his engagement as Ambedkar’s  Pali teacher, but his biographer, Bhoj Dev Mudit, who was the favourite of Medhrthi’s five disciples, remembers very vividly how they used to go to Delhi over the weekends by train and visit Baba Sahib. Time and again Medharthi does affirm his membership of the Arya Samaj and pays due respect to the founder Swami Dayanand Saraswati. However, in the matter of interpreting the Vedas concerning varnavyavastha, the author is relentless and does not hesitate to take the founder to task."

Mental Health

Documentary Films

Exploring Madness
By Parvez Imam (19 min., English, DVD) 2006 
Contribution Individual Rs. 300.00 Organisation Rs. 500.00 
Mental illnesses are one of the least understood problems in India. Myths and stigma add to the problems of people suffering from such illnesses. On the other hand there are issues of a lack of infrastructure to treat mental illness properly. This film brings together a variety of such issues related to mental illness in the Indian society. The film has six parts, each dealing with different issues, ranging from people's perceptions of mental illness to debates among professionals and from the problems of women languishing in mental hospitals to experiences of those who have recovered.

The Unreal Reality
Syed Amjad Ali | 16 mins| English
For Reference view only

The film is an engaging and informative documentary that captures and demonstrates the difficulties related to that is specific to a mental illness called Schizophrenia about the illness, and is meant to create awareness about it in the society and help people understand the devastating nature of the illness. 

Avinash Grows Up
By Kareem khan (5 min., English, DVD) 2006 
For Reference view only
A very short message on mental illness.

A Drop of Sunshine
By Aparna Sanyal/ PSBT (39 min., English, DVD/ PSBT) 2011
Contribution Individual Rs. 400.00 Organisation Rs. 700.00 
A very short message on mental illness. Schizophrenia. It may be one word, but it immediately conjures up multiple connotations. Mad, Incurable, Violent, Suicidal, Chemical imbalances, Crazy. A lifelong condition, Inevitable dependency on Medicines, Dark, Terrible.  

There Is Something In The Air 
Iram Gurfam |28 mins | Hindustani with English subtitles
Contribution Individual Rs. 400.00 Organisation Rs. 700.00 

This documentary is a series of dream narratives, and accounts of spiritual possession as experienced by women ‘petitioners’ at the shrine of a Sufi saint in north India.The film invites the viewer to a world of dream and fantasy. Fear and desire is experienced through dreams and ‘afflictions of air’. The shrine is a space where performance becomes the only rule of engagement, and one can begin to think of the possibilities that ‘insanity’ produces.

From Prejudice to Hope: Creating awareness about mental illness
By World Health Organization (English, DVD) 2006
For Reference view only
The stories of three persons, who suffered from and overcame severe mental illness of varying degrees, and featured in this film, as narrated by a mental health professional. The film attemps to help create awareness about the true nature of mental illness and remove misconceptions commonly linked with such coditions. The message that this film seeks to convey is that mental illnesses are treatable, and that those who suffer from these illnesses can lead normal lives, with proper treatment and care.


Documentary Films

Voices from a Disaster
By K.P. Sasi (30 min., Local language with English subtitles, DVD) 2001
Contribution Rs. 500.00
A documentary on the testimonies of the local villages who expressed their concerns through the Indian People's Tribunal (IPT) organized in different areas of the affected population after the Gujarat Earthquake.

If it Rains Again
By K.P. Sasi (14 min., English, DVD) 2006
Contribution Rs. 500.00
This is a documentary that brings out the agony of the life in shelters in Tamil Nadu. Two years after the tsunami, most survivors still remain in temporary shelters. A large population still continues to live without the basic amenities with constant threat of fire and rain.

The Time after the Tsunami
By K.P. Sasi (38 min., English, DVD) 2005
Contribution Rs. 500.00
Testimonials of the survivors of the deadly tsunami that struck the coast of Southern India on 26 December 2004

By Rakesh Sharma (66 min., Hindi with English subtitles, DVD)
Contribution: Rs. 500.00
Story of two villages which were totally destroyed during the Gujarat earthquake and both are sitting on top of lignite reserves. The film traces the story of GMDC's attempts to acquire the two villages.

Tides of Agony
By Gauhar Raza (47 min., English, DVD) 
For Reference views only
This film deals with the natural disaster that swept away lakhs of lives, the Tsunami.

Moving Towards Food Insecurity? The Case of Gujarat
By Darshini Maahdevia; Published 2000
Contribution: Rs. 70.00
Severe drought grips some states of the country today (April 2000). Gujarat is one of the worst affected areas. This monograph by Ms Darshini Mahadevia predicted this terrible situation, almost a year ago, based on sound research and analysis. The author does not stop with the warning but goes further and proposes policy changes that cab prevent a reoccurrence of this situation. Scholars and activists alike will find the monograph interesting and stimulating.

Bhojan Ka Adhikar (Right to Food; First Edition) Hindi version
By Colin Gonsalves; P. Ramesh Kumar (ed.); Published 2005
Contribution: Rs. 800.00 (20% discount )
The first edition of “The Right to Food” provides the resources and materials on which the campaign for the Right to Food in India must be based. Contained in this volume are the multiple Orders of the Supreme Court, resulting from the historic case of PUCL-v-UOI and ORS. Also contained is the entire collection of reports by the Commissioners to the Supreme Court, assessing the ‘implementation’ of the Orders.

Right to Food (Second Edition) English and Hindi version
By Colin Gonsalves; P. Ramesh Kumar (ed.); Published 2005
Contribution: Rs. 400.00 (20% discount )
The Second edition of “The Right to Food” provides the resources and materials on which the campaign for the Right to Food in India must be based. Contained in this volume are the multiple Orders of the Supreme Court, resulting from the historic case of PUCL-v-UOI and ORS. Also contained is the entire collection of reports by the Commissioners to the Supreme Court, assessing the ‘implementation’ of the Orders.

Right to Food (Third Edition)
By HRLN; Published 2008
Contribution: Rs. 400.00 (20% discount )
There is no doubt that if the national press had not taken up the issue in the manner in which it did; had the Right to Food Campaign not been intervened by passing splendid orders, then the Government of India would have closed down the Public Distribution System in the country. The right-wing hawks that head the Planning Commission and the Ministry of Agriculture would rather see the Rs. 30,000 crores which subsidises food be directed to middle class interests rather than hunger. Adding to this inhospitable climate there is a large lobby of contractors both from India and abroad that roam the corridors of power looking for ways of making money out of misery. A huge achievement between the 2nd and 3rd edition of this book were the Supreme Court orders on the integrated Child Development Schemes. In these orders the Supreme Court directed the central and state governments to double the number of anganwadis, with special emphasis on creating more centres in Dalit and tribal hamlets.The child rights organizations, the health group, and the Right to Food Campaign contributed immensely to these legal victories.

Right to Food (Fourth Edition)
B y HRLN; Published 2009
Contribution: Rs. 600.00 (20% discount )
This edition records the huge achievement in the shape of the Supreme Court orders on the integrated child development services (ICDS) between the second and this edition of the book.

Documentary Films
Food Matters
By Mallika Sarabhai (26 Min. English; DVD/ PSBT)
Contribution: Rs. Individual 400.00; Institutional Rs. 700.00
The Film is a journey into India's food heritage and the biodiversity of its crops. It delves into the reasons for the shrinking of this diversity and the homogenisation of our food preferences. The journey also takes the protagonist into a search for the larger repercussions of this homogenisation of tastes and demands - the health ramifications and the effects on farming, soil and cropping patterns and the ecology.

Goddess of Food - Annapurna
By Paromita Vohra (25 min., English subtitled, DVD) 1995 
Contribution Rs.500.00 
The film is a portrait of a women group named Annapurna. Started in 1975 by 14 khanawalis- women who prepared meals for migrant workers, thus earning the name 'food lady’ An exploration of the politics and economics of women work, the film is a tribute to the fearless women who started Annapurna, and the feisty women who carry it years.

Food ? Health? Hope?
By Rajani Mani & Deepti Seshadri (34 min., English subtitled, DVD) 2000
Contribution: Individual Rs. 350.00; Organization Rs. 600.00
The Green Revolution in India paved way for chemical intensive cultivation and a monocarp culture. Inspite 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. Spawning a new generation of seeds that cross species barriers and claim to succeed where chemicals and pesticides have failed. Biotechnology has traveled far. Large corporations across the globe find this genetic manipulation of the seed a sure recipe for success. Genetic engineering has opened the door to global markets, and many chemical giants are eager to grab their share of the loot.

By HRLN (47 min., English, DVD) 2006
Contribution:  Rs.750.00
This is the story of overflowing godowns and people dying of slow hunger, of thirst and emptiness; of entrenched malnourishment, especially [of] little children and emaciated women. This is a film about the cold-blooded clinical assassination of the invisible masses in the socialist republic of India, the largest democracy in the world.

Harvesting Hunger
By Krishnendu Bose (53 min., English, DVD) 2000
Contribution: Rs. 500.00
A film on the politics of food in India. There are 300 million people in India who do not have enough food to meet their nutritional requirement. With further intrusion of the market economy and increasing corporatisation of agriculture it is suspected that millions more will go hungry in the first decade of the new millennium. Harvesting hunger is a journey into this impending world of hunger and famine, an exploration of the deepening crisis of food security in the country.

A la Cart!!! Food in the Fast Lane
By Pria Ahluwalias (9 min., English, DVD) 2010
For Reference views only
When we talk about food and India, one realizes that the vastness of the country and the many influences it has been exposed to … food here has diversified, modified and indeed been absorbed into a culinary melting pot par excellence. Yet Indian food consists of no one strain. Each region develops its own unique food, seasoned by its own culture, language, ethnicity, climate and taste buds. What we have then is one country, But varying experiences; a palate so sizeable that it is fairly impossible to justify in one -or even many dining experiences. The film focuses on the wide variety of street food in India... a variety that reflects remarkable innovation. India perhaps has a wider array of delicacies than any other country in the world-kababs, chaats, dosas, rolls, thalis, behl, the list is endless. street food is a manifestation of the colourful spirit and energies of India-it reflects the soul of India, manifesting unity in diversity and is intrinsically linked to india's rich cultural heritage and history seen through the eyes of four celebrities who take you on an intimate culinary exploration of the street food they love in their cities-Mumbai, Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata!

Bhook Ke Virudh, Bhat Ke Liye… (That no one may go hungry) 
By Ajay TG (49 min., original language, DVD) 2004
For Reference view only
A documentary about food diversification and the right to food in India.


Documentary Films
Colors of Earth
By Kavita Dasgupta (28 Min., English, DVD)
For Reference view only
Kavitha is a Dalit woman who makes films on the women of her society, who have challenged the stronghold of caste and acute poverty to create a world of their own. They have cultivated over 2500 acres of fallow lands and created over 3 million extra meals for themselves. The film travels to the villages of these women in district Medak, Andhra Pradesh in an effort to understand how the change happened.
Whose Development (English and Hindi Version)
By Sharad Sharma; Published 2009                                
Reference only
Whose Development (English) and Vikaskalhi Vipreet Buddhi (Hindi) are first comics’ anthologies on Development recently published by World Comics India. This comics book is also an example comics journalism at very local level. Last many ears World Comics India is actively working to promote the idea. The Grassroots Comics are different from the mainstream comics and drawn by the people themselves. The activists use these comics for communication purposes in their respective organization and area. There are stories from Jharkhand which tells how the adivasis are being affected of big development projects and also about the Uranium mines radiation. Story from Assam shows fisherman’s harsh life conditions while the Goa story is about big companies’ encroachment into tourism. Kolkata story is about slow moving tram and Rajasthan story is about plight of dalit man.

Some Thoughts on Development and Sustainable Development
By Kamla Bhasin; Published 2004 (2nd edition)            
 Contribution: Rs. 25.00
A critique of so-called ‘development, the essay problematizes the concept and model of development as based on capitalist, profit-based, individualistic world view. Instead it offers a sustainable, alternative model that privileges the masses as well as nature and ecology.

Women, Trade, Ecology and Development: The Context in South Asia
By Nalini Nayak & V. Rukmini Rao                               
 Contribution: Rs. 25.00
The paper explores the impact of ‘development’ on the domestication of women’s movement, the shifting control of resources after globalization and privatization and the struggle of women at the grassroots with these larger forces.

Social Policy in Indian Development
By Jayati Ghosh; Published 2013
Contribution: Rs.30.00 
It is increasingly evident that social policy has a significance that goes beyond even the valid concerns about basic equity and minimal living standards, which form part of the social and economic rights of citizens…….. The second important, and related, role of social policy is of course that of legitimisation – not only of the state, but of the development project itself……. It is now widely recognised that the universal provision of good education and basic health services is an important condition for raising aggregate labour productivity levels.

Interpreting Kerala’s Social Development
By G. Aloysius; Published 2005
Contribution: Rs.20.00 $ 2.00
“In short, the second half of the 19th century is crucial to the modern history of Kerala in this: it was during this period that the cultural foundation was laid for the politicization process of the Malayali ethnie; it consisted in the language becoming ‘urban capitalist’, mass-based or simply non-contextual; paralel revolutions underlay this phenomenon, that of massification of education and popularisation of vernacular journalism.”

Documentary Films
Death Looms
By K.N.T. Sastry (45 min. English; DVD/ PSBT)
Contribution: Rs. Individual 400.00; Institutional Rs. 700.00
An incisive look at the suicide deaths that have stalked the community of weavers in several districts of Andhra Pradesh in South India due to the advent of power looms, resulting in loss of jobs. This film also traces the reasons why the rehabilitation and training process has gone awry.

Development at Gun-Point
By K. P. Sasi (38 min, English, DVD), 2002 
Contribution: Individual Rs. 200.00, Institutional Rs. 500.00
A documentary film on the social and environmental impact of bauxite mining in Kashipur, Orissa and the subsequent struggle of adivasis in the region.

Development from the Barrel of the Gun (English and Hindi Version) hindi is available
By Megnath & Biju Toppo (55 min, English, DVD), 2001                                            
For reference views only
The film captures the voices of project affected people in Kashipur (Orissa), (Jharkhand), Mehendikheda (Dewas, Madhya Pradesh), Umbergaon (Gujarat) and Nagarnar (Bastar, Chhatisgarh).

Only An Axe Away
By P. Baburaj & C. Saratchandran (40 min, English, DVD), 2004
Contribution: Individual Rs.650.00, Institutional Rs. 1000.00  
This film narrates the history of a unique campaign to save the valley from destructive development. Silent Valley was declared a National Park 20 years ago, in 1984.


Living in the Nuclear Shadow: The Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament
By Orient Longman; published 2005
Contribution: Rs. 99.00
The decisions that we make will shape our world as it is today and also what it will be like in the future. Understanding the use of nuclear power is important because not only will it decide what kind of a world you will like in, but whether the world as we know it will exist at all!! Seems impossible to you? Read this book to know why radioactivity is so dangerous for your body and for the environment. Know about the thousands of people who suffered its horrible effects. Hear the voices of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where nuclear bombs were dropped. Know what actually happens when a nuclear bomb explodes. Understand why Einstein, the great scientist, realized the dangers of a nuclear world. This book tells you everything you need to KNOW – the facts, the figures, the experiences, the feelings and the threats.
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