Kriti Team Newsletter - September 2014

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Kriti team!

The beginning of September brought with it a lot of rain and downpours and 
much needed respite from heat in this capital city of Delhi. But in the northern 
most states of Jammu and Kashmir, the rain and breach of river Jhelum has 
brought the worst devastation of lives and resources ever. As we support 
and wish for the people of J&K to find shelter and succour to re-build their 
lives, and think of the context of war and strife that has marked their lives
 for over six decades we ask ourselves, ‘what remains when natural 
disasters take over every man-made disaster and make living itself
 a question’?

In our tradition of remembering socially relevant and human rights’ related 
days each month, September marks the following days:  

08         International Literacy Day
21         International Peace Day
28         Shankar Guha Niyogi Matrydom Day/ Harsud Day

In our hope and vision for peace not only from war, but also from the 
destruction of our natural environments and our people’s liberties and 
freedom, the need of the hour is to continuously play constructive 
roles in making peace possible.

Through this month of September 2014, we invite you to come and 
see documentary films around peace and rights at our workplace anytime 
between 11 and 5 pm Mondays through Fridays. (Please inform us in advance)

  • We invite you to join our 9th Annual Peace Day Festival which is an ONLINE 
one this year inviting expressions to mark the International Peace Day on 21st September.

  • On 27th September we invite you for the monthly 
Kriti Film Club @Alaknandawith the screening of two films from IAWRT’s festival ‘Our Lives...To Live seeking a JUST World’.

  • Also look out for an ‘End of Monsoons Sale’ at the Gestures 
stall starting 17thSeptember 2014.

We begin October with a Kriti Film Club special screening @IHC 
to mark the International Day of Older Persons, Anant Raina’s 
‘Zohra Segal on Zohra Segal’. We invite you to bring your parents and 
grandparents along for this screening and together we can celebrate and 
cherish "old age" with them through small performances 
(music, singing, poetry or anything they wish) after the film!

Some other film events are being planned for October and November; 
we’ll keep you posted and invite you to follow us on facebook for 
updates! Look forward to seeing many of you soon.

With peace wishes
Kriti team

9th Annual Peace Day Festival (Online from 12th to 
21st September)

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Kriti Team is back with its Annual Festival to mark International Peace Day on 
21st September 2014. This year we are celebrating it ONLINE (on Facebook)
 in an exception to our usual format and we hope that many many people 
will join in with their expressions and contributions. 

We are inviting you to participate in this ONLINE festival with us by sharing 
your expressions and perspectives on PEACE. You are welcome to send in
your entries in the form of:

• Songs
• Poems
• Photographs taken by you (as you symbolize peace)
• Drawing, illustration or a painting by you
• Verse or Quotable quote by you (ideally) or that inspires you
• Or any other creative expression that can be posted online

We will collate all the entries and post them on the Peace Day (21st September) 
on our blog and on this page. The entries will also form a part of a larger 
collective on Peace Expressions/ Rights, to be showcased publically in the 
near future (with due credit and ownership to each author/ creator). 
Let’s create our collective archive of peace and make our 
PEACE HANDPRINT on Sunday, 21st September 2014.

Entries to be sent at: or directly post on
facebook event page

Documentary Screenings
Kriti Film Club @Alaknanda (27th September 2014,  Saturday)
2 films from the series REMEMBERING 1992, by School of Media and Cultural Studies, 
TISS, Mumbai (From IAWRT India’s OUR Lives…To Live seeking a JUST world! as part 
of OBR 2014)

Badalte Nakshe
Badalte Nakshe (Changing Maps)
24mins/ English, Hindi
Directors: Nithila Kanagasabai, Archana Sadar, Nitya Menon, Likokba Sangtam
Ek Aakhri Panah (OneLastRefuge)
15 mins/ Hindi
Directors: Tanvi Barge, Krishna Panchal, Piyush Garud, Juanita Mukhia

on Saturday, 27th September, from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
(screening followed by discussion)
at the Kriti team workplace
A-15 Tara Apartments, near Alaknanda market
New Delhi 110019 (nearest metro – Govindpuri)
Phone: +91-11-26033088/ 26027845

Badalte Nakshe follows Farhana Ashraf, a teacher and a writer, as it engages
 with certain questions: 20 years later, how do those who were children at the
 time remember the lived experience of the riots? And how do today’s young 
people make meaning of these inherited narratives of violence from what they 
hear and see – through popular culture, or text books? Erasures, omissions and 
ruptures come to light as the film travels between past and present.

This film was earlier screened at Focus Asia: Memory and Documentary 
Film – Exploring Painful and Forgotten Memories in China, India, 
and Indonesia, Lund University, Sweden; Madurai International Documentary
 and Short Film festival; Woodpecker International Film Festival, New Delhi. 
All four directors have completed their MA in Media and Cultural 
Studies at SCMS, TISS.

Ek Aakhri Panah – During December 1992 and January 1993, Muslim communities 
living in the city of Mumbai witnessed communal violence within their localities. As the 
violence escalated, people moved or shifted to areas where they felt safer or had 
family. This resulted in the expansion of areas like Mumbra and the creation of 
ghettos across the city. This film looks at Mumbra and its history through 
the eyes of two young Muslim women who work in the Rehnuma Library, a 
space where young women meet to study, write, co-create and work on 
issues of women’s empowerment. The film was earlier screened at Seamedu 
Film Festival, Pune (Best non-fiction student film); Prakriti Film Festival, 
Calicut; VIBGYOR International Film Festival, Thrissur, Kerala. All four 
directors graduated from SMCS, TISS in May 2013.

Open for all, confirmations appreciated. Alongside, have some
 chai-shai at our ecoCafe !

Kriti Film Club Specials@IHC (1st October 2014, Wednesday)
The Kriti Film Club brings a special screening on 1st October to mark the International Day 
of Older Persons.

Screen 2
Zohra Segal on Zohra Segal
39 mins/ Hindi/English
Director: Anant Raina

ABOUT THE FILM: The film is the story of Zohra Segal, in her own words. 
Compiled from two interviews with Zohra Segal when she was about to turn 
100, interspersed with recitations and personal photographs, it presents an 
account of a truly fantastic life.

on 1st October 2014, 7.00 to 8.30 pm
(screening followed by discussion with the film-maker)
at Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

ABOUT THE FILM CLUB: Kriti Film Club (running since 2000) is an educational 
and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development research, praxis and 
communication team. We are an independent group that screens documentary 
films on a whole range of development, human rights & environment issues. 
We also serve as a space for accessing documentary films, so get in touch 
with us in case you are looking for any such film.

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Gestures Stall

Through a recent collaboration with one of our volunteers, 
we are offering lot of our exciting products
 on sale.

We look forward to hear from you and the opportunity 
to fulfill your requests.

 Phone: +91-11-26027845/26033088