Children's Film Festival and November 2014

Dear Friends

Greetings from the Kriti team!! There is a slight nip in the air and winter seems around the corner, so hope you are gearing up for the season of picnics in the sun, cultural performances and some cosy times with friends and family.

In November, Kriti Film Club presents a day long Children’s Film Festival on Saturday, 15th November, followed by our monthly screening on Saturday, 29th November (with new winter timings).

We hope to see some parents drop their kids over for the children’s film festival and funday!

Children’s Film Festival   2014

On Saturday, 15th November
Timings: 12 noon – 6 p.m.

Open for children 7 – 16 years of age

Hello little folks, let’s get together to celebrate Children’s Day (which is 14th November, birthday of chacha Nehru) by watching some lovable films, having yummy eats and talking and sharing with other friends. So, come along with siblings, cousins, your domestic helps children and friends from your colony and in the city, for a Film Festival especially for YOU!

After watching each film, we will have a fun, light-hearted chat about what we liked or about an inspiring lesson or message from the film. Also, there will be some very exciting prizes for you for sharing your thoughts with everyone!!

at the Kriti Team workplace
A-15, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda
New Delhi – 110019 (nearest metro: Govindpuri)

Festival Films include:
Jadui Pankh (Hindi, 60 mins) by Nitin Das – Jadui Pankh is made up of 7 interlinked stories, a collection of 7 funny short films rolled into one movie. These are stories of magic and adventure, of friendship and mischief, of courage and a clever ghost. These films take you to an unusual world through the eyes of children.

Lukka Chhuppi (Hindi, 87 mins) - the world’s first children’s feature film fully shot in Ladakh by Vinod Ganatra – A thriller, the film is about a servant boy who is kidnapped for no apparent reason and two slightly elder boys who venture out to save him. Driven by twists and turns, it heads for a climax in the middle of the magnificent Hamis festival and Matho Monastery of Ladakh.

Stanley Ka Dabba (Hindi, 96 mins) by Amole Gupte– Stanley studies in an all-boys Holy Family High School in Andheri East, Mumbai. While his class-mates bring their very own Tiffin-boxes, Stanley does not do so on the pretext that his mother is away and shares food with his friends much to the chagrin of the Hindi teacher, who virtually forces children to share their food with him. With extra classes being imposed on both students and teachers, and the recess-breaks being doubled, parents are also forced to pack more food in lunch-boxes.  When students evade the Hindi teacher and continue sharing food with Stanley, he calls the latter aside and warns him that he cannot attend school until and unless he brings his own food.

12.00 noon – 12.15 p.m.  Welcoming & Short Introductions
12.15 p.m. – 1.00 p.m.   3 selected short films from Jadui Pankh series by Nitin Das (with sharing)
1.00 p.m. – 1.45 p.m.       Lunch Interval
1.45 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.       Lukka Chhupi (with discussion & sharing)
3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.       Other 4 films from Jadui Pankh series by Nitin Das (with sharing)
4.00 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.       Snacks Interval
4.15 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.       Stanley Ka Dabba (with discussion & sharing)
5.45 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.       Good bye surpriZes!

Registration requested: We request children or their parents to register (through phone or email) for participating in this festival so that we can make the necessary arrangements. We will have some healthy eats to go along too. You can stay for one or more films as you like! A token contribution of Rs 150 /- per child is requested.

Children from marginalized/ low income communities are most welcome at a subsidized contribution.

*This is an independently organized initiative of Kriti Film Club towards an educational and motivational purpose along with celebrating Children’s Day!

VAW Reels @Kriti Film Club
on Saturday, 29th November 2014

I Am Nirbhaya
India/9:30 mins/ Various languages
(From the series “India Unheard” by Video Volunteers)
Directors: Areeb Hashmi, Stalin K
Journey of Two Women
Pakistan/15 mins/ Urdu
Directors: Risham Waseem, Rabia Arif, Ghazala Remat
(Above films from IAWRT India’s ‘OUR Lives…To Live’ seeking a JUST world! 2014)

Hai Dupatta
India/30 mins/ Hindi
Director: Tess Joseph
(in collaboration with PSBT)

Date: Saturday, 29th November
Time: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm  (winter timings)
(screenings followed by discussion)

at the Kriti team workplace
A-15 Tara Apartments, near Alaknanda market
New Delhi 110019 (nearest metro – Govindpuri)

I am Nirbhaya – The anger after the “Nirbhaya” rape case has diffused but not disappeared. We – women, men, feminists, activists and politicians – continue to ask questions and seek answers as to how we can end rape. This video poses some pointed questions to patriarchy, in the voices of women from the most marginalised communities. The reality looks bleak. Yet the future is hopeful, if only because women across India are beginning to be heard; their desire to govern their own lives is being acknowledged. Everywhere there are thousands of Nirbhayas rising. These are some of their stories.

About the Filmmakers – Areeb Hashmi is a filmmaker with over six years’ experience in producing and directing documentaries, short films and TV commercials. In 2008 his documentary Poliomyelitis in India won him an 8000 pound scholarship by the London Film Academy for a Postgraduate Diploma in Filmmaking. Stalin K is a well-known documentary filmmaker, media trainer and human rights activist. He has won several international awards for his films. Stalin has produced 6 community radio programs, designed more than 20 rights-based campaigns and conducted over 300 trainings in filmmaking and participatory video, street theatre, radio production, and development communications. He is Managing Trustee of Video Volunteers.

Journey of Two Women – This short film is an honest look at societal attitudes towards women and women’s rights in Pakistan, through casual interviews in the streets and conversations with activists, NGO heads, lawmakers and media persons. It also becomes a personal journey for the young women making the film, as their own perceptions are shaped and altered in the process.

About the Filmmakers – Risham Waseem is a student of Film and TV at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She has been involved in interactive theatre since the age of 11. She aspires to be a documentary filmmaker and tackle the various social issues that prevail in Pakistan. Ghazala Remat grew up in Hunza, Pakistan (where she felt she never quite fit in), and graduated in Film and TV from the National College of Arts, where she learnt to weave stories about characters through the threads of the mind. Rabia Arif has a Master’s in Mass Media. Her film Zindagi Tamasha Bani about hijras, won an award at the Vasakh Film Festival. She has made a number of other documentaries on social issues, health dilemmas, traditional approaches and cultural preservation, all of which are available online at Maati TV, youtube, Express Tribune and Daily Motion.

Hai Dupatta – The stole or dupatta has long been a symbol of modesty. With the changing times and the changing face of women, this piece of cloth has given reason to both, conform and protest. The Film tries to unravel what the stole means to young people and captures moments of violation and prejudices.

About the Filmmaker – Tess Jospeh is a freelance media person with experience in ideation, research and television production. She started as an Associate Producer on TV and went on to direct India’s longest running children’s programme –The Bournvita Quiz Contest. She began her tryst with films by casting for Mira Nair’s Namesake and then went on to be casting Director for Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, Claire Mc Carthy’s ‘The Waiting City’ and, Doug Liman’s Fair Game. She has also been first assistant director on Bollywood blockbusters like Ghajini and other international films.

ABOUT THE FILM CLUB: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development research, praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as a borrowing & access space for documentary films.

Days and Dates to Remember
We remember and mark the following important days in the month of November that address diverse issues and movements worldwide:

16 November                  International Day for Tolerance
21 November                  World Fisheries Day
25 November                  International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women
29 November                 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
30 November                 South Asia Women’s Day

There is lot of action as the year is drawing to an end and we hope that the collective efforts of all institutions and groups bring about the much needed change and growth for humanity. Our Docushop of films, books, music and greeting cards; along with our Gestures stall of personal and home based products are open for any shoppers!

In solidarity
Kriti Team

Phone: 26027845/ 26033088
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