Kriti Film Club

THE KRITI FILM CLUB
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The KRITI Film Club has been screening documentary films at least once a month since the year 2000. We screen films on a range of issues connected with development, human rights and social attitudes/ trends. A neighbourhood film club that showcases films made by amateur and professional filmmakers, for young and old hands, for Indian, South-Asian and international films….it provides a space for brainstorming and sharing on these issues among different others.

This is an initiative of KRITI: a development praxis and communication team, a not-for-profit entity, based in New Delhi, with work across India. 

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 social and development issues amongst viewers and film-makers. It is an attempt to create a forum where students, activists, academicians, development professionals, media professionals and friends can come together and interact, through meaningful cinema. It also helps increase access of these films to a larger audience beyond film festivals and special screenings, as we keep the films for sale at our workplace after their screening. 

Our efforts are also to make it a place of rendezvous and meeting new people, especially the ‘non-converted’. From 2000 until 2010, we screened documentary and socially relevant mainstream films on the third Saturday evening of every month, at our workplace in New Delhi, and since 2010 have been organising monthly screenings at the India Habitat Centre. As far as possible, we invite the film maker to be present at the screening so that the audience interaction is insightful and useful. Screenings at our workplace (the original home of the Kriti Film Club) have restarted in March 2018, and we hope to get them back to their monthly momentum.

We also organise screenings in schools and colleges of Delhi, curate and organise film screenings on request from development organisations and people’s movements, in solidarity and support for their work. Our film club has and continues to inspire several individuals and organisations to start local neighbourhood film clubs in their communities of work, institutions and cities.


You can see and access documentaries made by independent film makers, documentary producers and development organisations from across India and parts of the world from the KRITI Film Club. We have a collection of over 800 documentaries in our inhouse library and distribute a larger number. The sales of documentaries are done in collaboration with the film makers. We have to thank the independent film makers’ fraternity for sharing and screening their films with us so that we have been able to reach these out to the civil society, students and general public.

Our film club is an independent effort and we don’t take any grants to keep it going. We run the KRITI Film Club on contributions by its diverse users and hope that you will support this effort so that it can be a self-sustaining endeavour. We believe that we are creating a collectively funded space this way! We want to remain such so that we practice what we preach in development action and communication! Support to the KRITI Film Club's gullak (collection box) is always welcome so we can make the screenings even better than they are now! We enjoy running this film club and look forward to expanding its outreach for filmmakers, photographers and viewers.

Come and connect with this space to Watch and Access Films on human rights…development…socially relevant themes.
If your are a film maker interested in screening with us or having us disseminate your films in collaboration, write to space.kriti@gmail.com with the subject “film screening interest”
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Kriti Film Club Screenings since 2000

2000
  • Slide show on the ‘Amazon rain forests’, Brazil, by Rustam Vania, Centre for Science and Environment. (5th August 2000)
  • 'Harvesting hunger', a film on food insecurity in different parts of India, by Krishnendu Bose, Earthcare Films. (2nd September 2000)
2001
  • 'Aadha Aasman', on the right to health care, especially from a woman's perspective. Looking at her life and work burdens in the foothills of Uttar Pradesh, by Samina Misra. (3rd March 2001)
  • 'Bandits and Backhanders', unfolding the impact of corruption on environment, by Pradeep Saha. (6th April 2001)
  • 'Majma', a film on sexuality, by Rahul Roy. (5th May 2001)
  • ‘Ek minute Ka Maun’, a documentary on the student’s movement in Jawaharlal Nehru University, capturing the spontaneous protest by students against the murder of Chandra Shekhar - a student activist, by Ajay Bhardwaj. (9th June 2001)
  • ‘Barf’, a film sharing experiences and explorations of adolescent girls from the working class in Delhi, on their first trip to the outside, by Saba Dewan. (7th July 2001)
  • ‘Beyond Numbers’, a documentary critically looking at the population policy of the country, by Sanjay Muttoo. (18th August 2001)
  • ‘Bhoo Adhikar Satyagarh news’ and ‘Our India’, tracing the journey of the Bhoo Adhikar Padyatra (Land rights footmarch) led by Ekta Parishad in Madhya Pradesh, in 1999-2000 and addressing the issues of land rights and land reforms in the state, by Abhivayakti Films and Sehjo Singh. (1st September 2001)
  • 'Astitva', a mainstream film based on the story the life of middle class house wife and her realisation of her rights, by Mahesh Manjrekar. (13th October 2001)
  • 'Delhi Diary 2001', a documentary on memory, nostalgia and terror in Delhi. Made by Ranjani Mazumdar, the film explores the relationship between events like Emergency of 1975-77 and riots in 1984 and the everyday rhythm of life in the city of Delhi. (3rd November 2001)
2002
  • 'In the forest hangs a bridge' by Sanjay Kak. The film is an account of the construction of the bridge in a remote village - Damru in Arunachal Pradesh, an evocation of the tribal community that makes it possible. (17th January 2002)
  • 'Kaise Jeebo Re' - by Jharna Javeri and Anurag Singh, a film on the struggle of people against the 'development policy' of the government in the Narmada Valley. (2nd February 2002)
  • 'There is a fire in your forest' by Krishnendu Bose a film on Kanha National park in Madhya Pradesh, one of the first places from where adivasis were driven out in the name of conservation. (16th March 2002)
  • 'Night and Fog', a classic documentary by Alan Resnais, on the Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War. (6th April 2002)
  • 'Bundelkhand Express'  by Saba Dewan records the journey of this labour train through the rocky, arid plains of southern Uttar Pradesh. From districts like Shahuji Maharaj Nagar, it picks up hundreds of children & adults deserting a neglected and impoverished land in search of work. Bundelkhand Express connects the stories of these children & their parents with the carpet economy. (4th May 2002)
  • 'Filhaal' by Meghna Gulzar a film on the relationship between two friends, as they deal with a decision on surrogate motherhood. (1st June 2002)
  • 'Buddha Weeps in Jadugoda' a documentary film by Shriprakash, on uranium mining & its deadly impact on the tribals living near Jadugoda. (12th July 2002)
  • 'Of love and land' by Samina Misra, recounting ups & downs in the lives of girls and women as ones who can get love but not right to land. (21st September 2002)
  • 'On my own' by Anuradha Srinivasan, a film is about women living alone in Delhi. (19th October 2002)
  • 'Sita's family' by Saba Dewan. A personal narrative of the filmmaker, it explores memory and the mysterious ways in which it is transmitted from mothers to daughters. It is about the family, the primary site of struggle for women & it is about the outside, forbidden territory to be negotiated at considerable peril. (16th November 2002)
  • 'Unlimited Girls', a film on feminism and women in India by Paromita Vohra, was screened as part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence in Miranda House and Lady Shriram College. (30th November 2002)
  • 'Can't take it anymore'  by Meenakshi Rai on sexual harassment at the workplace, with interviews of women victims and organisations. (9th December 2002)
2003
  • 'Jardhar Diary' by Krishnendu Bose, the film is a personal journey into Jardhar village in Tehri Garhwal and some neighbouring areas, which are alive with consciousness & commitment to save their natural resources. (15th February 2003)
  • 'In the Flesh' a documentary film by Bishakha Datta on three lives in prostitution. (15th March 2003)
  • 'Mendha ta Pittto' by Sudhir Aggrawal captures the experiences of an adivasi Gond village to self-rule in post independent India. (19th April 2003)
  • 'Skin Deep' by Reena Mohan explores body image & self identity among contemporary middle class women in urban India...feelings of being too short, too tall, too thin, too fat, too dark, too good looking, too old, never feeling right, always falling short of the prevailing ideal...feelings that everyone experiences & attempts to come to terms with. (21st June 2003)
  • 'Tales of Night Fairies' by Shohini Ghosh, explores the power of collective organising & resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. (17th July 2003)
  • 'Portraits of Belonging: Bhai Mian' by Sameera Jain, explores the journey of a kite maker, who lives and works in the old city of Delhi. (16th August 2003)
  • 'Three Women and a Camera' by Sabeena Gadihok, films the lives of Homai Vyarawalla, Sheba Chhachi, Dayanita Singh & reveals their perspectives on photography. (20th September 2003)
  • ‘Gulabi Aaina (The Pink Mirror)’ by Sridhar Rangayan, exploring the gay landscape in India. (11th October 2003)
  • ‘Turning Points of History…Cloud of Death’ a film on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. (29th November 2003)
  • ‘Bhopal Express’ by Mahesh Mathai, is a commercially produced film on the Bhopal disaster, screened in partnership with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. (2nd and 5th December 2003)
2004
  • 'Words on Water', by Sanjay Kak is the story of the journey through the Narmada valley. For more than 15 years people of the valley have resisted a series of massive dams on their river, and in their struggle have exposed the deceptive heart of India’s development politics. This is a dialogue with authority that is usually conducted across barricades. (17th April 2004)
  • 'Naga Story - The Other Side of Silence', by Gopal Menon is the first comprehensive film on the Nagas, a three million strong indigenous people, who occupy the North-East frontier of the Indian subcontinent. (29th May 2004)
  • 'Shadows of Freedom', by Sabina Kidwai traces the history of three women in a Muslim family in India and how the issues of identity and gender conflicts with their lives and that of their family. (17th July 2004)
  • 'Born to Sing', by Shikha Jhingan is a musical journey with four Mirasans, who sing life-cycle songs for their patrons in Punjab. Through an encounter with the four Mirasans and their songs, the film explores a rich musical and oral tradition kept alive by these women across religious boundaries. (21st Aug 2004)
  • 'Inside Burma: Land of Fear' by directed by Davis Munro, the film details the many injustices and human right abuses that have marked the country’s past and present. Burma has been described as a ‘prison without bars’ that has a beauty and resources probably unequalled in Asia by Amnesty International. (11th Sept 2004)

2005
  • 'The Bicycle Thief', by Vitttorio De Sica, is set in the post-war period in Italy, marked by poverty and devastation. Shot in the streets and alleys of Rome, the story unfolds as a desperate father whose new job is threatened when a street thief steals his bicycle. Too poor to buy another, he and his son take to the streets in an impossible search for the bike. In the process, witnessing the lives of everyday folks and strengthening the bond between a father and a son. (15th Jan 2005)
  • 'Final Solution', by Rakesh Sharma, examines the aftermath of the deadly violence that followed the burning of 58 Hindus on the Sabarmati Express train at Godhra on February 27 2002. In “reaction” to that incident, some 2,500 Muslims were brutally murdered, hundreds of women raped, and more than 200,000 families driven from their homes. Borrowing its reference from the history of Nazism, it seeks to remind that, “Those who forget history are condemned to relive it." (19th Feb 2005)
  • 'Lake of Livelihood', by Snehasis Das, focuses on the lives of the Hanjees (or shikara walas) and how they have sustained their livelihood during a troubled span of 15 years. Shikaras (house boats) have lost their glory and the owners of houseboats have been suffering for the last 15 years because of militancy in Kashmir. Tourist inflow has trickled down because of the terrorist activity in Kashmir. Above all, the environmental degradation of lakes and rivers in Kashmir is alarming. Lakes are shrinking because of encroachments. (30th April, 2005)
  • ‘Dance with hands held tight’, by Krishnendu Bose and Kavita Dasgupta at Earthcare Films, is a film on women’s livelihoods and natural resources as it travels to the fisherwomen off the coast of Karnataka; the Apatani Women of Ziro, in Arunachal Pradesh; the adivasi and dalit  women of Kashipur, in Orissa and Sonebhadra, in Uttar Pradesh. (19th August 2005)
  • ‘Arna’s Children’, by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel, tells the story of a theatre group that was established by Arna Mer Khamis (1929-1995). Arna comes from a Zionist family and in the 1950s married a Palestinian Arab, Saliba Khamis. On the West Bank, she opened an alternative education system for children whose regular life was disrupted by the Israeli occupation. (16th September 2005))
  • ‘Waiting’…by Shabnam Ara and Atul Gupta is about the ‘The Half Widows’ in Kashmir. Women whose husbands or children are missing. These women have not only lost their support but are also being marginalised and have no status left in society. (15th October 2005)
  • ‘America America’…by K.P. Sasi is a music video that is a satirical but severe indictment of America’s role in escalating world conflict. (15th October 2005)
  • ‘Amu’…by Shonali Bose is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family. The film takes a dramatic turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. (16th December 2005)
2006

  • Films at college campuses (19th January 2006 at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi)
    • Fight for Survival by Dakxin Nandlal Bajarange is about the Madari community in Gujarat. For their survival, they depend on their traditional business of snake exhibition and performance in villages and cities, fairs and haats. Due to recent laws around animal cruelty and animal rights, the entire Madari community is facing a problem of survival. 
    • Manhole Workers Union by Rappai Poothokaren is about those who work below the manhole, invisible. With the haphazard ways our gutter system has built, Ahmedabad may have to be evacuated if the manhole stopped to work! Yet they get a very raw deal. KSSM (Kamdar Swasthya Surakhsa Mandal) have helped these workers to form the Manhole Kamdar Union, which has enhanced their self – respect and self – confidence. 
  • Best of Jeevika South Asian Livelihood Documentary Festival 2005 (28th January 2006 at Kriti Film Club homespace)
    • One Show Less…by Nayantara. C. Kotian is the first prize winning documentary of the Jeevika Festival 2005. This student production concerns itself with the increasing numbers of single screen cinemas that are shutting down, all over the country. 
    • Pretty Dyana…by Boris Mitic is an intimate look at gypsy refugees in a Belgrade suburb who make a living by transforming Citroen’s classic 2cv and Dyana cars into Mad-Max-like recycling vehicles, which they use to collect cardboard, bottles and scrap metal. Screened as a prize winning entry from the 2005 Jeevika Festival. (28th January 2006)
  • Crossing the Lines - Kashmir, India and Pakistan…by Pervez Hoodbhoy and Zia Mian. After four wars, Kashmiris and their land are divided between Pakistan and India, the source of recurring crises. This path-breaking independent documentary film, made in Pakistan, challenges us to look at Kashmir with new eyes and to hope for a new way forward. (17th March 2006 at Kriti Film Club homespace)
  • ‘Adha Asman (Half the Sky)’…by Samina Misra is about women who spend their days working in the fields, cutting grass, tending cattle, supporting their families. Shot in Almora and Sitapur districts in Uttar Pradesh, this is a film about the attitudes that deny women their share of healthcare. (7th April, 2006 at Vasant Valley School)
  • ‘Untitled: 3 Short Films’…by Kavita Joshi is a film on Women and Conflict in Manipur. July 2004: 12 women protest naked on the streets of Imphal. A mother laments the extra-judicial killing of her teenage son. For 5 years now, a young woman has been on a fast-unto-death. What fuels the anger and anguish of these women? This film travels to this far-flung, violence-torn corner of India to seek out stories of uncommon courage in the face of despair. ‘Some Roots Grow Upwards’ …also by Kavita Joshi is about the theatre of Ratan Thiyam in his home state, Manipur. (19th May 2006 at Kriti Film Club homespace)
  • ‘Supersize Me’….by Morgan Spurlock is about why Americans are so fat…two words: Fast Food (courtesy MacDonalds burgers and fries). What would happen if you ate nothing but 'fast food' for an entire month? (30th June 2006 at Kriti Film Club homespace)
  • 'Where do I go from here? by Yasmin Kidwai is about ageing through the eyes of the elderly. A film that provides a glimpse on what it means to be old and alone in urban India? (15th July 2006 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
  • Heda Hoda (Blind Camel) by Vinod Ganatra is made for Children's Film Society, India. Dhrang is a sleepy village in north-western arid area in Kutch - a district of Gujarat. Valji and Dhanbai, with two children, Sonu and Lakhmi live in this village. One day Valji is indisposed. Sonu volunteers to take out the camels for grazing and Lakhmi joins him. (26th August 2006)
  • 'Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi' by Saba Dewan shot in the backdrop of the Maharashtra Governments’ controversial move to ban girls from dancing in beer bars, interweaves stories of gender, labour, sexuality and popular culture within an increasingly globalized economy. (16th Sept. 2006 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
2007
  • 'A Night of Prophecy'… by Amar Kanwar  is a film about poetry and song, poets and singers. The film travels in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir – all complex territories that have been home to severe conflicts, where minds are taught to absorb bloodshed and oppression. (20th January 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
  • 'New Delhi Pvt. Ltd.' produced by Hazards Centre and directed by Ravinder Randhawa is an attempt to capture the city of Delhi as it gets systematically refashioned to become a ‘word-class’ space, a productive site for the neo-liberal regime. But as this space gets ‘taken over’, it has to be thoroughly and urgently purged of all that is unprofitable and undesirable, manifest in the systematic destruction of the lives of the very people who toil to build and service the city. (17th February 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Producer representative present)
  • 'Exploring Madness' by Pervez Imam is about mental illnesses which is 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 illnesses properly. This film brings together a variety of such issues related to mental illness in the Indian society. (17th March 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
  • 'Grassroot Realities' is about village women in remote parts who have become health volunteers for their own communities inspite of all odds. (17th March 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace))
  • 'Story of a Golden River' …by Saumitra Dastidar. The synopsis of this film reads as follows: I’d like to tell you the story of a fairyland. A story just as long as my hand. Subansiri, the golden river flows down from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh into the Assam valley, into the Brahmaputra. There is a legend behind the name Subansiri. It is believed that the waters of the river once carried gold that was shifted by the people living downstream. There are no more gold sediments here but there is a vast resource of power. The north-eastern part of India houses nearly 31 such rivers. (2nd June 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
  • 'Maribu pache Daribu nahi' (Die we may, we are not afraid!)… by Rashid Ali is an exploration trying to find 'modern' and 'primitive' people engaging or disengaging with 'modern' or 'primitive' accumulation practice of global capital. The film journeys through the history of TATAs negotiating with colonial or postcolonial state with a scriptural or addicted justification drawn from the ancient regimes of Kautiliya and Ashoka (invasion of Kalinga). (30th June 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
  • 'SheWrite' …by Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayashankar weaves together the narratives and work of four young Tamil women poets - Salma, Kuttirevathi, Malathy Maitri and Sukirtharani. (14th July, 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace)
  • 'Crossing the Line'…by Anita Brar, is about the people who have seen the bloodshed of 1947’s India-Pakistan divide. The film focuses on those people who had crossed over the India-Pakistan border against their wishes in the wake of partition, and are now living in Australia.  (17th August, 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
  • 'Seruppu (Footwear)…by Amudhan R P.  is about the life of the Catholic Arundhatiyars of Dharmanathapuram, who traditionally make footwear, in the face of caste discrimination and growing competition from the footwear industry (7th September 2007 at Dr K. R. Narayanan Center for Dalit and Minority Center, Jamia Milia Islamia University and Lady Shri Ram College - Film maker present)
  • 'Nowhere to Run'… produced by Human Right Law Network (HRLN) is a short film based on the experience of two lawyers from HRLN, New Delhi who visited Mizoram in December 2003. The team found themselves in a situation where, following the rape of a young Mizo girl on July 17, 2003, the Young Mizo Association and a host of other organizations together with the police began the forced deportation of “foreigners”. The film is an insight into the lives of refugees who suffer disease, violence, alienation and several other threats. (15th September 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace)
  • 'Peace Day Week screenings' of 40 films (19-24th Sept. at India Habitat Centre (IHC) and at Jawaharlal Nehru University during the World Bank Tribunal (22-23d Sept. 2007) {listing available on request}
  • 'Baby Haldar'…by Anu Menon is on the life of a domestic worker from Gurgaon who was inspired to write her life story by her employer and has published her first book in Bengali, Hindi and English. Baby Haldar works for Prabodh Kumar, who encouraged her to write about her life. The resulting book, "A Life Less Ordinary," is both a critical and commercial success. (27th Dec. 2007 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Protagonist present)
2008
  • 'Dakhal (Reclaimed)'…by Deepak Roy is about forest rights. Historically, the Forest People are at best perceived as sub-humans to be kept in isolation, or as 'primitives' living in remote and backward regions who should be "civilised". Contrast this with the self-perception of Forest dwellers as casteless, classless and egalitarian in nature, community-based economic systems, symbiotic with nature, democratic according to the demands of the times, accommodative history and people-oriented art and literature. (12th Jan 2008 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
  • 'The Lightning Testimonies'...by Amar Kanwar reflects upon a history of conflict in the Indian subcontinent through experiences of sexual violence. As the film explores this violence, there emerge multiple submerged narratives, sometimes in people, images and memories, and at other times in objects from nature and everyday life that stand as silent but surviving witnesses. In all narratives the body becomes central - as a site for honour, hatred and humiliation and also for dignity and protest. (23rd Feb 2008 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
  • 'Bullets and Butterflies' by Sushmit Ghosh traces the journey of a handicapped street child and a biking enthusiast on a motorcycle - popularly known as a Bullet - as they travel from the bustling cityscape of Delhi to the serene hills of Himachal Pradesh. (15th March 2008 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present)
  • Climate Change Films at a college (25th March 2008 at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi)
    • Global warming - a fable from the Himalayas by Nitin Das is an eight minute film shot near Tibet. It is a magical tale about a young boy who finds the solution to Global Warming from a monk in the mountains. The entire cast of the film is from Kaaza, a small town in Spiti Valley. The film was made possible by Spitiecosphere, an NGO based out of Spiti. 
    • Climate Change – an Untold Story is a series of four films, winners of the UK Environment Fellowships - Climate’s First Orphans by Nila Madhab Panda tells the story of 20,000 homeless villagers in the coastal districts of Orissa, as the global debate on climate change heats up, whose existence has been wiped out by the rising sea level. The Weeping Apple Tree by Vijay S. Jodha illustrates the complex issue of climate change by focusing on the shifting apple-growing belt in Himachal Pradesh. A Degree of Concern by Syed Fayaz looks at the implications of climate change on glaciers, and how artificial glaciers are improving the water supply of Ladakh for now. A Green Agony by Geeta Singh explores the unique ecosystem of the Sunderbans and analyses the impact of global climate change on this Indian coastal zone. 
    • Tiger- the death chronicles by Krishnenu Bose brutally and honestly assesses, for the first time, the tiger's future in India.
  • Waters of Despair by Srijan is a reflection of the year 2007, which witnessed one of the worst floods in the contemporary history of Bihar. The floods had affected 245 lakh people of which nearly 48 lakh people were in dire need of immediate assistance. The film touches a wide range of issues and critically evaluates the disaster preparedness and mangement vis-à-vis frequent floods in Bihar. (19th April 2008)
  • Celebrating Life amidst Struggle...solidarity screenings with protesting victims/ survivors of Bhopal Gas Tragedy and marking the Chernobyl disaster anniversary (23-26 April 2008 @Jantar Mantar, New Delhi) - 
    • Tu Zinda Hai (You are alive) by Drishti Media Collective & PRIA reflects on changing identities and self perceptions of women activists who have stepped out of traditional female role models and are paving new paths on the road towards women's empowerment. (23.4); 
    • Right to Information music video by Vinay and Charul (23.4); 
    • When Women Unite: The Story of an Uprising by Shabnam Virmani is an account of true events derived from the testimonies of women of 22 villages in Nellore district as part of the anti-liquor movement. (24.4); 
    • Heda Hoda by Vinod Ganatra is about a child's perspective on peace across borders. (25.4); 
    • Chernobyl the invisible thief by Christoph Boekel. This film is a flashback to the day a nightmare scenario became horrific reality: the day reactor block 4 of the Chernobyl atomic power station exploded. Very little information about the true extent of the radioactive contamination managed to find its way out to the public. Filmmaker Christoph Boekel spent many years living and working in the Russian Federation. While researching and filming this project he met numerous victims of the atomic catastrophe. His own wife was one of them and she too, died of cancer. This film is a requiem for the often forgotten victims of the disaster and a caveat against putting blind trust in technological advancement. (26.4)
  • Child Birth Film Festival (29th -30th April 2008 at India Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi)
    • Birth in the Squatting Position by MoysA(C)s and Claudio Paciornik; 
    • The Business of Being Born by Abby Epstein; 
    • Birth Day by Naoli Vinaver; 
    • Born at Home by Sameera Jain
  • Baarah Mann Ki Dhuban by Vrinda Kapoor & Nitesh Bhatia revolves around the bioscope as a means of livelihood in Delhi and the prevailing conditions of the community of bioscope workers. It also tells a brief history of bioscope and that it was the first form of moving pictures in India. (21st June 2008 at Kriti Team Workspace, Tara Apartments, New Delhi)
  • New Delhi Pvt. Ltd. by Ravinder S Randhawa is an attempt to capture the city of Delhi as it gets systematically refashioned to become a world class space, a productive site of neo-liberal regime. (21st June 2008 at Kriti Team Workspace, Tara Apartments, New Delhi).
  • A Deal for Life and Freedom Film Festival (9th August 2008 at WWF Auditorium, New Delhi) Ek Khubsurat Jahaz by Gauhar Raza; Why Are Nuclear Weapons Important? by Miranda Haley; America America by K.P. Sasi; Hiroshima by Paul Wilmshurst & George Anton; Ribbons for Peace by Anand Patwardhan; New State; Old problems by Ajay TG; Anjam by Ajay TG; The Other Side of the Mirror by Ajay TG; The Face by Amar Kanwar; Military Rule, People's Aspirations and Human Rights in Burma; Bullets and Butterflies by Sushmit Ghosh; Shot Dead for Development by Sarasi Das & Surya Shankar Dash; The Lament of Niyamraja - a dongria kond song by Surya Shankar Dash; Niyamgiri-The Mountain of Law by Samadrusti TV and Surya Shankar Dash; Chengara: slums to agri-land by Samkutty Pattomkary.
  • Niyamgiri, Mountain of Law by Samadrusti TV and Surya Shankar Dash captures the natural preserve, the interdependence between people & nature, wrath of Vedanta refinery, peoples' resistance all weaved together to present a comprehensive view of the issue, case and reality. (September 2008 at the Faculty of Political Science (FPS), Delhi University) 
  • Punches n Ponytails, a film on women boxing in India by Pankaj Rishi Kumar is a journey into the sweet science of boxing being practiced by two Indian women. Using cinema verité style and shot over a period of two and half years, the film articulates the boxer's concerns and share experiences and ideas about their future. (September 2008 at the Kriti workplace, Tara apartments, New Delhi). 
  • Tales from the Margins by Kavita Joshi travels to aforgotten, strife-torn corner of India to document the extraordinary protests of Manipuri women as they fight for justice for their people. (September 2008 at the FPS, Delhi University).
  • Flying Inside My Body by Ajeeta, Sumit, Rintu and Sushmit explores how the form of the body can become a powerful physical language to express dissent over societal norms and conventions. The film is a journey with veteran photographer Sunil Gupta, who has used his art to challenge the stereotypes that define one's body, sexuality and identity. The film's lyrical style marries still photography with moving images and text, to unfold an intensely personal narrative that questions the deeply engrained prejudices that we all carry within ourselves. (20th December 2008 at Kriti Team workspace, Tara Apartments, New Delhi) 
2009 
  • Parindey by Sohaila Kapur is the story of a woman who is serving a life term for murdering her husband. The story begins at a point when her young daughter, a minor at the time of the murder, visits her mother after 14 years to ask her why she killed her father. A film that unfolds a confrontation between the mother and the daughter; the relationship between the jailor woman and the prisoner woman, ending with a catharsis for all three women! The film is based on the true story of a Tihar inmate who is still serving her sentence. (7th March 2009 at Kriti team workplace, Tara Aptts, New Delhi). 
  • Lightning Testimonies by Amar Kanwar reflects upon a history of conflict in the Indian subcontinent through the experiences of sexual violence. As the film explores this violence, there emerge multiple submerged narratives, sometimes in people, images and memories and at other times in objects from nature and everyday life that stand as silent but surviving witnesses. (9th March 2009 at YMCA, New Delhi).
  • I was a teenage feminist by Therese Schechter is a funny, moving and personal journey into the heart of feminism on the threshold of the 21st century. The film recently won the Best Film at the Jewish Women’s Film Festival and was given a special mention at the Karachi Film Festival in Pakistan (24th March 2009 at The American Center, New Delhi). 
  • Crossing Thresholds by Sonika Jain is an investigation into documentary representation and institution of marriage. In filming three women participants and their male partners across temporal and spatial zones, the film offers diversity of experiences in love-cum-arranged marriage. This cinematic representation acts as a critique of the problematic representation of Indian women, gender relations, and Indian marriages particularly love-cum-arranged marriage in mainstream Hindi and British cinema and instead provides an alternative amidst under-representation in Hindi 'alternative' cinema and Indian and Western documentary cinema. (28th March 2009 at Kriti team workplace, Tara Aptts, New Delhi). 
  • The 11th Hour by Nadia Connors and Leila Conners Peterson and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course. Contributing to this crucial film are noted politicians, scientists and other ambassadors for the importance of a universal ecological consciousness.(22nd April 2009 at The American Center, New Delhi).
  • Kosi Katha by Jharna Anurag Singh is a film on the Kosi floods. It tells the story of people, livestock, land and homes devastated. Minimising losses is a subject in itself but accountability of maintaining the structures is a crucial point to avoid disasters like the one that happened in Aug ’08. It is a very complex question and an even more complex story of human failing. (3rd June 2009 at The American Center, New Delhi; 12th July 2009 at Constitution Club, New Delhi). 
  • The Bicycle is not Far by Subrata Chakrabarty talks about fair trade practices around organic cotton farming in India. Shot over a period of eight months in different parts of India (in the state of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal) and partly also in Paris, France to depict the existence of market rationality, fairtrade certification, increasing fair trade movement, participatory guarantee system (PGS) etc. (18th July 2009 at Kriti Team workspace, Tara Apartments, New Delhi.
  • A Deal for Life and Freedom screenings (August 2009)
  • @Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi (19 August 2009)
    • Dam'aged' by Subrat Kumar Sahu is a film that travels to the Upper Indrāvati Hydropower Project in Kalahandi district of Orissa, questioning popular notions of development, as it experiences how a ‘sustainable economy of inclusive prosperity’ has been turned into the ‘farcical sport of growth statistics’. 
    @Lady Shri Ram College for Women (3-4 September 2009), University of Delhi
    • Tales from the Margins (Kavita Joshi/ 23 mins/ Manipuri with English subtitles)
    • Military rule, people’s aspirations and human rights in Burma (30 mins/ English)
    • New State; Old problems (Ajay TG/ 10mins 43sec / English narration)
    • In the forest hangs a bridge (Sanjay Kak/ 40 mins/ English)
    • From Kalinganagar to Kashipur (Biju Toppo and Meghnath/ 24 mins/ English)
    • Gaon Chohab Nahin - music video (K.P.Sasi/ 8 mins/Hindi)
  • Peace Reels (22 September 2009/ IHC, New Delhi) 
    • The Lament of Niyamraja by Surya Shankar Dash is a short film of a Dongria Kond song captures with the sounds of music, some moments from the hills of Niyamgiri in Orissa which is yet to be lost to the attempts of Vedanta, an aluminium company wanting to undertake mining here! 
    • Gaon Chhodab Nahin by K P Sasi is a movement music video depicts the lives and times of adivasi and dalits populations and their struggles against the development projects and corporates induced displacement. 
    • Dam'aged' by Subrat Kumar Sahu is a film that travels to the Upper Indrāvati Hydropower Project in Kalahandi district of Orissa, questioning popular notions of development, as it experiences how a ‘sustainable economy of inclusive prosperity’ has been turned into the ‘farcical sport of growth statistics’. 
  • Two Special Films (24th October 2009/ Kriti Film Club homespace) 
    • Energy Efficiency Future ConservationA light burns by Mariam Chandy reflects deep within the coal belt of India, in a remote village in Jharkhand, torn by naxal violence, two enterprising youngsters struggle to generate electricity for their village using the oil of an indigenous plant in "A light burns"; Building a green future now by Sashi Shivara-makrishnan shows the efforts towards energy conservation in our built environment, both residential and at the workplace; In their elements by Inder Kathuria records how the solar- wind hybrid system is bringing about happy changes in two remote mountain villages of Lahaul-Spiti and how it can help change lives all along the higher Himalayas. The future beneath our feet by Praveen Singh explores the yet untapped Geothermal Energy resources of the country. 
    • Preserve the Future – Conserving India's Wild Heritage  - City Farming captures this process of Dr. R.T. Doshi Science of city farming; Vernacular Values by R.L. Kumar reflects on his attempts to build houses differently with a passion for the earth and the people he is working with; Landscape for Rainwater is based on a huge and beautiful archaeological site in Hampi, Karnataka, shows ruins of tanks, water channels and aqueducts, and how Indian people succeeded in using a passive and complex system so that rainwater was sufficient for all their water needs. A Farm Garden in a Dryland of Tamil Nadu by Mohan S. Rao, shows how to conserve and reuse rainwater as much as possible with sensitive and sustainable methods.
2010 
  • American Documentary Showcase (19-20 February 2010)
    • Children In No Man's Land by Anayansi Prado follows the plight of unaccompanied minors who travel into the United States. Two young cousins attempt to cross the US/Mexico border alone to reunite with their mothers in the Midwest.
    • The Betrayal by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, filmed over 23 years, tells the story of a family's epic journey from war-torn Laos to the mean streets of New York. Thavisouk Phrasavath tells his own story of struggling as a young man to survive both the war and the hardships of immigrant life, as well as his mother's astonishing tale of perseverance.
    • The Hobart Shakespeareans by Mel Stuart reflects on how year after year, the Hobart Shakespeareans excel. They read passionately, far above their grade level; tackle algebra, and stage Shakespeare so professionally that they often wow actor Sir Ian Mckellen. This takes place at a large Los Angeles public elementary school. Few of the children at Hobart Elementary School speak English as a first language and many are from poor or troubled families.
    • Beginning Filmmaking by Jay Rosenblatt is a portrait of a very young artist and an enthusiastic father who discovers truth in the clich "creative differences" when he attempts to teach his 4-year-old daughter about filmmaking. Ella learns what she wants to, discards what she doesn't, and is determined to be a star in her own mind. 
    • Autism, The Musical by Patricia Regan follows five autistic children and their families over the course of six months and captures their distinct personal struggles, pressures and triumphs as the children write, rehearse and perform their own full-length musical. 
    • The Garden by Scott Hamilton Kennedy follows the plight of mostly immigrant farmers from the tilled soil of the United States' largest urban farm to Los Angeles City Hall, telling the story of back room deals, land developers, green politics, poverty, power and racial discord as the farmers organize and speak out while bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis. 
  • Aarohan: A Climate Change Story is about Kajri is a young Dalit (low caste) Sarpanch of Manihari Gram Panchayat. Dedicated and committed to her new position as a leader of her local self government (Gram Panchayat), she struggles to deal with issues of hunger, poverty and famine in her Panchayat. Things come to head when Darshan, a young unemployed Dalit male is forced to steal from the landlord’s mansion in order to feed his children. Kajri looks deep into the reasons for chronic hunger in her village and links it to the changing climatic conditions and environmental degradation. As the Sarpanch, she feels duty bound to find a solution to these problems. Help comes to Kajri from unexpected quarters. (March 8, 2010 at India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi) 
  • The Groundwater Up Project by Tarini Manchanda, Katie Gillett, and Moriah Mason is an upbeat (and slightly off beat) documentary film which introduces you to Dolly, who has to be resourceful for water; Deya, who says that even posh colonies don’t get a decent supply of water in Delhi; and Maya, who is embarrassed to go fetch the water she needs for her daily life. (26.4. at Vasant Valley School; 29.4. at India Habitat Centre (IHC); 30.4 at India International Center (IIC), New Delhi; 20.6. at Apparel House, Gurgaon).
  • Childbirth Film festival 2010 (18-19 April 2010 at IHC, New Delhi)
    • The Business Of Being Born by Abby Epstein highlights that the key in every birth is a commitment to doing what's best for mother and baby. However, hospitals and doctors often too quickly advocate medical intervention in the interest of saving time and avoiding potential litigation. While unquestionably advocating midwifery over hospital birthing, this documentary explores expert opinions, and anecdotal experiences of both mothers and midwives that are crucial in making an informed decision about the use of midwifery in birthing. 
    • Birth As We Know It by Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova reflects that the way we procreate defines our ability to thrive. It's a matter of utmost urgency as everyday babies are born into unnecessary suffering, with easily avoidable, harmful complications, which limbically imprint their nervous system with suffering as the 'norm' and diminishes their capacity for intimacy and kindness. The documentary shows an alternative: it shows women who approached the art of people-making consciously and with dignity.
  • An activist and his films: Remembering Saratchandran (8 May 2010 at various venues across the country, in collaboration with Delhi Film Archive)
    • The Bitter Drink by C. Saratchandran documents the formative days of a David and Goliath battle. The people of Plachimada (in Kerala), a majority of them tribals, launched a struggle against one of the most powerful corporations in the world - the Coca Cola Company.(8th May 2010 at various venues across the country). 
    • To die for land – the ultimate sacrifice by C. Saratchandran captures the dalit-adivasi land reclamation struggle in Chengara, Kerala. Located in Pathanamthitta district, Chengara is witness to the occupation, by some 5000 dalit-adivasi families, of over 2000 acres of land illegally claimed by the Harrison Malayalam Company Ltd. For the people who took over this commercial rubber plantation, the occupation is a defiant way to highlight their situation - over the years, plantation companies in collusion with state agencies have ensured that dalits and adivasis are now alienated from their ancestral homes. 
  • Had Anhad - Bounded Boundless, Journeys with Ram and Kabir by Shabnam Virmani talks about Kabir who was a 15th century mystic poet of north India who defied the boundaries between Hindus and Muslims. This film journeys through song and poem into the politics of religion, and finds a myriad answers on both sides of the hostile border between India and Pakistan. (18th September 2010 at Kriti Film Club homespace) 
  • The Conflict: Whose Loss? Whose Gain? by Debaranjan Sarangi explores the brutal violence in Kandhamal of August 2008. It also examines the loss of lands and livelihoods faced by Kandhas and the fierce resistance over 15 years to the mining of bauxite by large private mining companies in Kashipur. (3rd November 2010, India International Center (IIC), New Delhi).
2011
  • Learning in Exile by Aprajita Sarcar talks about how Tibet is a way of living. A civilization with an expiry date. Fifty years of exile has also produced a culture, coloured by its context, India. The exile life has seen a set of learning’s for the guest and the host. So, the central theme is how a Tibetan negotiates with this loss in the realm of the everyday, routine life. The Dalai Lama becomes a metaphor, to delve deeper into this existential crises. (16th April 2011 at Kriti Film Club homespace) 
  • ecoReels...celebrating Environment Day Month (7, 14, 20 June 2011 at Apparel House, Gurgaon)
    • Global Warming - A Fable From The Himalayas by Nitin Das, shot near Tibet, is a magical tale about a young boy close who finds the solution to Global Warming from a monk in the mountains. 
    • The Jungle Gang Meets The Rhino by Krishnendu Bose is the first Indian wildlife film made exclusively for children. The film has three animated wild animal characters--Bar Headed Geese, Slender Loris and a Black Buck--three animals, that bring the flavour of three different habitats of India. They travel together to the Kaziranga National Park to know more about the Great Indian Rhinoceros, its habitat, threats and the conservation efforts which have saved it from extinction.
    • A Dam Old Story by Tarini Manchanda highlights that 4711 big dams are built and 390 are under construction in growing India, while more than 40 million people have been displaced by such development. 
    • Mean Sea Level by Pradip Saha takes us through the story of the inhabitants of the islands of Ghoramara and Sagar, at the southern tip of the Indo-Gangetic Delta. Almost 7000 inhabitants have been forced to leave Ghoramara in the last 30 years, as the island has become half in size. Rising Sea level, 2mm a year is resulting in daily insecurity for home and livelihoods. Experience this new breed of climate refugees. 
    • The Miracle Water Village by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh is an inspirational story of an impoverished farming community in India that reversed its fortunes through its visionary model of water management. 
  • Peace Reels...celebrating International Peace Day (20 September 2011 at IHC, New Delhi) 
    • Dreaming Taj Mahal by Nirmal Chander and Short Films by Surya Shankar Dash
  • MindReels…films on mental health: an event to mark the World Mental Health Week (3, 8-10 October 2011 at IHC, New Delhi)
    • There Is Something In The Air by Iram Gurfam 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. (Film maker present)
    • Eyes of Stone by Nilita Vachani is a film about rural women in Bhilwara, Rajasthan and their rituals of possession and exorcism: expressions of faith, rebellion and healing that thrive within the confines of a stringent patriarchal order. 
    • Avinash Grows Up by Kareem Khan is a very short message video on mental illness.
    • Exploring Madness by Dr Pervez Imam is a film in six parts, that brings together a variety of issues related to mental illness in the Indian society. (Film maker present)
    • The Unreal Reality by Syed Amjad Ali is an engaging and informative documentary that captures and demonstrates the difficulties related to Schizophrenia.
    • A Drop of Sunshine by Aparna Sanyal takes us through the story of Reshma Valliappan, a 30-year old Indian woman, and charts out her journey of eventual triumph over her Schizophrenia. (Film maker present)
    • Into the Abyss by Vandana Kohli is a look at the growing incidence of depression in Delhi including dramatised sequences of a 24 year old management executive's state of mind, even as the disorder begins to set in. (Film maker present)
    • A Certain Liberation by Yasmine Kabir is about Gurudasi Mondol who gave herself up to madness in 1971, during the Liberation War of Bangladesh, as she watched her entire family being killed by the collaborators of the occupying forces.
2012
  • Theme of the month: Exploring the CITY (4th February 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace)
    • Adda: Calcutta, Kolkata by Surjo Deb and Ranjan Palit is a film about a day in the life of Calcutta or Kolkata. A portrait of the city and its people through the myriad conversations or "adda"s that happen all over the city, day and night. 
    • Certified Universal by Avijit Mukul Kishore is an impressionistic sketch of 'the public' as created by our cinema and its relationship with cinema itself. 
    • Do Rafique by Rafeeq Ellias in which Rafeeq meets Rafique Bagdadi, an extraordinary living archive of the city and its cinema, and explores the cinema city through him.
    • Have You Dreamt Cinema? by Hansa Thapliyal...a cinema theatre is pulled down in a suburb of a city. Three women who live in that suburb reflect on their various relationships with that fantasy of a film in a darkened theatre. 
    • Dhananjay Kulkarni ‘Chandragupt’ by Rrivu Laha is a journey of migrants to the dream city through the track of filmi aspirations.
    • In Search Of An Urban Ballad by Joydeep Ghosh is a chronicle of the evolution of urban music in three Indian cities - Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai, examining the transformation in language and orchestration of music with the changing times and the socio-political concerns they reflect. 
  • Theme of the month: Exploring the CITY (18th February 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace)
    • Dil Ki Basti Mein by Anwar Jamal is about the walled city of Old Delhi, which is a cultural universe unto itself – a sprawling, chaotic, but infectiously spirited neighbourhood where life assumes many fascinating forms in a constant struggle for survival. (Film maker present).
    • The Ghetto Girl by Ambarien Alqadar reflects on in what is also known as India’s ‘Little Pakistan’ in New Delhi, a girl is on a search for a lost home movie. A love and loss tale about being Muslim in India today. (Film maker present)
    • Dilli by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh highlights that in this city, a dream is born everyday. The film raises critical questions about urbanization and development through the personal stories of its people and explores the social and spatial landscape of a city that dreams of becoming a super megapolis.(Film maker present)
  • Theme of the month: Celebrating Women's Day Month (3rd March 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace, New Delhi).
    • The Beauty Academy Of Kabul by Liz Mermin is an arresting and optimistic portrait of post-Taliban Afghanistan. Both humorous and slyly submersive, the film offers poignant moments of culture clash between the Americans and Afghans and touching moments of feminine solidarity. 
    • Shifting Prophecy by Merajur Rahman Baruah is based on the struggle of rural Muslim women, in particular that of Daud Sherifa Khanam,to fight the sexist rulings of the conventional jamaat and patriarchal social order in Tamil Nadu. 
    • Kanyashala by Ganga Mukhi is an account of students from Kanya Vidyalaya, an all-girls’ school at Vajreshwari who share poignant stories of how they joined the School and their dreams for the future. 
    • Knocking On Heaven's Door by Sanjay Barnela and Samreen Farooqui is a film that spans across multiple musical genres. Tipriti, Shehnaz, Afflatus and Jivi Ben bare their hearts, sing and speak their truths about their aspirations and struggles in a documentary that seamlessly weaves personal stories with the soul of blues, pop, rock and devotional folk music. 
  • Theme of the month: Celebrating Women's Day Month (17th March 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace, New Delhi).
    • Holy Matrimony by Nirmala Nair is about emotions and pressures women go through to fit ideals predetermined by a patriarchal society and the ‘matrimony market’ in urban India. 
    • Four Women And A Room by Ambarien Alqadar explores the complex ways in which women understand and experience ‘motherhood’.
    • Morality TV and the Loving Jehad by Paromita Vohra looks outside the frames that weave the frenetic tapestry of Breaking News on India’s news channels, to uncover a town’s complex dynamics. 
  • The Waterfall by Dr Parvez Imam talks about five random travelers who come together to trek to a waterfall in Hampi – a serene heartland in Southern India, famous for its ruins, temples and a river.  (27th April 2012 at IHC, New Delhi - Film maker present)
  • Theme of the month: Karl Marx's Birthday (5th May at Kriti Film Club homespace) 
    • Whispers in the Night by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas journeys with security workers as they share their hopes, dreams and disappointments about a job that is both challenging and thankless. At its heart, the film raises concerns about the need to protect the rights of the very people who steadfastly protect us. 
    • Rikshawala by Abhishek Kukreja is a about a man peddling his way in a mad city rush. Rikshawala is a self-narrated story of transformation. It exemplifies that in the university called ‘Life’, difficulty is perhaps the harshest teacher, but has most virtuous lessons to impart. 
  • EcoReels @EcoFestival 2012 (2nd to 5th June 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace) 
    • Earth Witness: Reflections of the Times and the Timeless, by Akanksha Joshi talks about four common people - a teacher, a farmer, a shepherd, a father - who find themselves on the frontline of the earth’s biggest, most complex crisis: climate change – in the mountains of Nagaland, the grasslands of Kutch, the Gangetic delta, and the forests of Central India. They use this challenge as a part of their art with nature. 
    • Amazing Green Movies from Enchanted lands by Nitin Das 
    • Jungle Gang Meets the Rhino by Krishnendu Bose 
    • Groundwater Up Project by Tarini Manchanda 
    • A Fable from the Himalayas by Nitin Das
  • Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country by Anders Østergaard sheds light on the brutal 40-year military regime that operated in a closed country, far from the eyes of the mainstream global media. (16th August 2012 at IHC, New Delhi) 
  • Mind Reels 2012 - Film Festival on mental health (13th October 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace) 
    • There is Something in the Air by Iram Ghufran traces a series of ‘dream narratives’ and spiritual experiences of women petitioners at the shrine of a Sufi saint in north India. 
    • A Certain Liberation by Yasmine Kabir talks about Gurudasi Mondol who gave herself up to madness in 1971, during the Liberation War of Bangladesh, as she watched her entire family being killed by the Razakars. 
  • Radiation Stories..part 3 by Amudhan RP highlights the people's movement against the Koodankulam nuclear plant which is an over 20-year-old story. (15th September 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Filmmaker present)
  • Another Poverty Film by Fathima Nizaruddin is a black comedy that explores the mindsets behind the gross inequality that exists in post liberalised India. (3rd November 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Filmmaker present)
  • The Plastic Cow by Kunal Vohra is a film on animal rights and looks at the impact of our almost complete dependence on plastic bags, which we use and discard carelessly everyday. Not only are these bags a huge environmental threat, they end-up in stomach of cows as they fend for themselves and forage for food in community garbage dumps. The film is also a comment on the religious hypocrisy of the cult of the holy cow. (3rd November 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Filmmaker present)
  • Illuminating Lives - Film festival to mark Centenary celebrations of YWCA of Delhi (19th-20th October 2012 at YWCA, Ashoka Road, New Delhi) 
    • Redefining Peace by K P Sasi showcases the history of the 1000 Women for Nobel Peace Prize 2005 initiative and profiles ten peace women from different regions of India, connected to various people’s movements.
    • Our Lanes…Our Lives (Apni Galiyon Ki Kahani) by Tarini Manchanda, Aanchal Kapur, Ankur Kapoor highlights key issues of women's access to essential services like water, sanitation, electricity, drainage and lack of safety for women and girls living in a mix of public-private spaces in resettlement locations.  (Film maker present)
    • On My Own by Anupama Srinivasan is about five single women share their experiences of living on their own in Delhi as they justify their decisions to their families, come to terms with their own loneliness and also discover some things about themselves. (Film maker present)
    • Much Ado About Knotting by Geetika Narang Abbasi & Anandana Kapur is about how a young girl, born into a society obsessed with marriages,a not-so-young man an NRI couple are compared by tradition to look for matches via classifieds, match making, bureaus and websites confronted with innumerable criteria that determine which is acceptable and which isn’t, they question themselves and their choices. (Film maker present)
    • Where's Sandra by Paromita Vohra takes a playful look at the figure of "Sandra from Bandra"- part covetous fantasy of the racy Christian girl from Bombay who works as a secretary, wears a dress and likes to dance, part condescending stereotype of a dowdy, religious girl from a minority community. 
    • It’s A Boy by Vani Subramaniam examines the current male-female sex ratio problem which was foretold by earlier campaigners against sex determination and pre-selection. 
    • Green Movies from Enchanted Lands by Nitin Das 
    • Stir.Fry.Simmer by Vani Subramaniam highlights the rising food prices, colossal wastage of stocks, compromise policies of food security mixed with conversation on excess, debates on dieting, programs and journalism on cuisines and cooking. Just some of the many things that food is, and signifies, to all of us. 
    • Pedalling to Freedom by Vijay S. Jodha is a story of one of the poorest parts of the world, where 230,000 people learned to read and write. Over 100,000 women learnt to cycle. Wages jumped up 1000%. It happened in the space of 1 year. It cost Rs.65 (U.S. $ 1.50) per person! 
    • The Saroj Khan Story by Nidhi Tuli began as a search for the genius behind one of the greatest choreographers that the Hindi film industry has ever produced.
  • Mindscapes of Love and Longing by Arun Chadha highlights how the sexuality of people with disabilities is often marred with misconceptions, prejudices and myths. (1st December 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present) 
  • Theme of the month: Marking Human Rights Day (15th December 2012 at Kriti Film Club homespace) 
    • Tales From Napa by Lalit Vachani is a remarkable story of a little village that resisted the forces of Hindu fundamentalism during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat, India. 
    • We are Foot Soldiers by Debolina Dutta and Oishik Sircar tells the story of Amra Padatik (Foot Soldiers), an organisation formed by the coming together of children of sex workers in Kolkata’s Sonagachhi red light district in 2005. 
2013 
  • In God’s Land by Pankaj Rishi Kumar looks at land within the larger issue of development, forcing us to recogniae the totalitarian attitude of the ideals of development, ostensibly to bring economic prosperity, but rarely a benefit to real users. But the film’s most interesting element is the people living on this god’s land. (17th January 2013 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present) 
  • Dharamsala Film Festival selection screening: Fire Under the Snow by Makoto Sasa is about Palden Gyatso, a Buddhist monk since childhood, arrested by the Chinese Communist Army in 1959. He spent the next 33 years in prison. (2nd February 2013 at at Kriti Film Club homespace). 
  • Films on Children's Education (23rd February 2013 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present) 
    • Let Them Blossom by Amrita Dasgupta highlights that learning begins at home…Today with changing times and social structure, how relevant is this dictum? This film is a mother’s exploration into the existing practice of early childhood care and education in India. (23rd February 2013 at Kriti Film Club homespace - Film maker present) 
    • Free And Compulsory by Malati Rao highlights that in 2009, the Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) was passed by the Indian Parliament, giving every child between the ages of 6 and 14 years, this essential privilege.
  • Violence Reels 2013 - Solidarity screenings as part of One Billion Rising (9th-11th February 2013 at Kriti Film Club homespace) 
    • One Billion Rising by Eve Ensler, Tony Stroebel is an inspiring music video for the One Billion Rising campaign: women worldwide rising up and against all kinds of violence. 
    • Now I Will Speak by Sagari Chabbra is a documentary where women of courage speak out on their experience of rape.
    • Dowry: A Social Evil by Jill Misquitta is a short anti-dowry campaign short. 
    • Bol by Shabnam Virmani has been made as part of a public service television campaign on the issue of domestic violence, these spots instigate a range of people to “speak out”. 
    • Unkahee by Sakshi unfolds the script of domestic violence and the resistance of a woman therein through a theatrical piece. 
    • Ye Dilli Hai Mere Yaar by Vani Subramanian brings together first person narratives of violence experienced by women on the streets of Delhi with accounts of infamous cases that have scarred the city forever. 
    • Mann Ke Manjeere, a music video by Sujit Sircar, Gary is the famous anthem about a woman rebuilding her life in the aftermath of domestic violence. Mita Vashisht as the woman, Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics, Shubha Mudgal’s voice. 
    • Sarabah by Maria Luisa Gambale and Gloria Bremer where rapper, singer and activist Sister Fa, a childhood victim of female genital cutting (FGC), travels back to her home village in Senegal, where she fears she and her message against the practice will be rejected. 
  • Violence Reels - to mark International Women’s Day Month (5th March 2013 at Apparel House, Gurgaon; 16th March 2013 at IHC, New Delhi). 
    • One Billion Rising by Eve Ensler, Tony Stroebel is an inspiring music video for the One Billion Rising campaign: women worldwide rising up and against all kinds of violence. 
    • The Lightning Testimonies by Amar Kanwar reflects upon a history of conflict in the Indian subcontinent through experiences of sexual violence. In all narratives the body becomes central -as a site for honour, hatred and humiliation and also for dignity and protest.
  • Memory Reels  (12th March 2013 at Apparel House, Gurgaon; 15th March 2013 at IHC, New Delhi). 
    • The End of Flight by Tariq Theakekaraj highlights that our country has seen riots, wars, murders, rapes and even genocides, all of which have left behind millions of victims whose wounds may never heal. 
    • Dere-tun-Dilli by Divya Cowasji & Shilpa Gulati is a film where eighty four-year old Bhagwani Taneja recalls the time when her entire community packed up their homes from Dera Ismail Khan, in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, and moved to Delhi during the Partition. (Film maker present)
  • Tibet Reels (21st March 2013 at Apparel House, Gurgaon; 14th March 2013 at IHC, New Delhi - film maker present)
    • The Sun behind the Clouds by Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam updates the struggle for Tibetan independence, focusing upon the March 2008 demonstration against Chinese rule, the largest ever since the 1959 take-over of that nation. The Dalai Lama, living in exile in Northern India, is interviewed extensively and given the opportunity to explicate his "middle way," a compromise position he has to date been unsuccessful in getting the Chinese to accept. 
  • Earth Reels (20th April at Kriti Film Club homespace) 
    • The Lost Forest by Ishani K Dutta talks about a sacred grove that held in its heart secrets of a bygone era. A forest of conflicts, which tradition named Mangerbani. Whether it could be defined as a forest became a big bone of contention. 
    • Timbaktu by Rintu Thomas and Susmit Ghosh narrates how a small group of development activists, committed to developmental and ecological regeneration, found ways to heal and regenerate a piece of dry, degraded land, and create an agro forest habitat in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district. Timbaktu explores critical issues of food security and sovereignty. (Film makers present)
  • At the Crossroads by Deba Ranjan talks about the Nehruvian era which made ordinary people - mostly adivasis and dalits - lose their lands, forests and streams in the name of ‘national development’. That development never reached them. (30th May 2013 at IHC, New Delhi - film maker present)
  • Red Ant Dream by Sanjay Kak chronicles stories of resistance from Bastar, Odisha, Punjab...and speaks about the life of revolutionary possibility in India. (31st May 2013 at Kriti Film Club homespace - film maker present).
  • BOM" / aka 'One Day Ahead of Democracy’ by Amlan Dutta is based on Malana, a remote village in the Himalayas, isolated for thousands of years, that has been fostering a unique model of democracy of consensus. Narrated in an epic structure, a visual essay from the edge of the world with a universal message of trust, peace and eternal unity. (10th August 2013 at Kriti Film Club homespace)
2014 
  • Theme of the month: International Women’s Day 
    • Teen Behenein by Kundan Shah and Shekhar Hattangadi is based on the real life incident of three sisters in Kanpur who committed suicide in 1988 to save their parents a huge dowry. (5th March 2014 at Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia; 7th March 2014, YWCA of Delhi, Ashoka Road, New Delhi - film maker present). 
    • Apna Haq by Feminist Approach to Technology is a film with visual stories and experiences on the question of lack of adequate toilet facilities in urban slum communities of Delhi. (9th March 2014 at IHC, New Delhi - film makers present) 
  • The Waterfall by Parvez Imam was independently produced in the wake of similar bombings on Gaza in Dec 2009. (18th July (2:00 pm onwards) to 21st July 2014 (midnight) Online - link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3uYpo6NR9I
  • Apour Ti Yapour. Na Jang Na Aman. Yeti Chu Talukpeth (Between Border And The Fence. On Edge Of A Map) by Ajay Raina delves into the untranslatable in Kashir (Kashmir), maps the distance it has travelled emotionally and psychologically from the idea of India. (30th August 2014 at Kriti Film Club homespace). 
  • Remembering 1992 by School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai (27th September 2014 at Kriti Film Club homespace). 
    • Badalte Nakshe (Changing Maps) by Nithila Kanagasabai, Archana Sadar, Nitya Menon, Likokba Sangtam 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 1994 Mumbai riots? 
    • Ek Aakhri Panah (One Last Refuge) by Tanvi Barge, Krishna Panchal, Piyush Garud, Juanita Mukhia - During December 1992 and January 1993, Muslim communities living in the city of Mumbai witnessed communal violence within their localities. 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.
  • Theme of the month: Older Persons Day
    • Zohra Segal on Zohra Segal by Anant Raina 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. (1st October 2014 at IHC, New Delhi - film maker present). 
  • Theme of the month: Masculinity
  • Mardistan (Macholand): Reflections on Indian Manhood by Harjant Gill takes us through the experiences of four different men, ranging in age from 20s to 40s and explores the notion of contemporary manhood in a rapidly globalising India.  (1st November 2014, Kriti Film Club homespace). 
  • Men Against the Tide  by  ITVS & CNN-IBN talks about how men across the world are challenging the various facets of masculinity. It honours men throughout India who are striking at the root of gender-based violence. (1st November 2014, Kriti Film Club homespace).
  • Theme of the month: Mental Health Day
  • A Drop of Sunshine by Aparna Sanyal talks about Schizophrenia. It takes us through the story of Reshma Valliappan, a 30-year old Indian woman, and charts out her journey of eventual triumph over her condition. (10th – 14th October 2014, Online viewing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwKQ4J5b5nk&feature=youtu.be)
2015 
    Three Characters in Search of a Forest by Krishnendu Bose is a story of Delhi's Ridge forest and it's struggle for survival, shared through the lives of three characters - Pradip Krishen, Ravi Agarwal and Ranjit Lal (4th June 2015 at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi - in collaboration with ICR).
  • Best of the Dharamshala International Film Festival 
    • A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel is an intimate, humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. (6th October at IHC, New Delhi). 
    • Mapa by León Siminiani is about a young Spanish director who gets fired from his job at a broadcaster. It is a road movie told in the first person about a young filmmaker who travels to India in search of a new “map” for love and life. (8th October 2015, Zorba the Buddha, Ghitorni, New Delhi).
  • Violence Reels 2015 
    • Ebang Bewarish (And the Unclaimed) by Debalina is based in a remote village in the state of West Bengal. Two girls Swapna and Sucheta loved each other so much that they had to kill themselves; the village hated them so much that they had to be burnt as unclaimed bodies. (20th November 2015 at IHC, New Delhi - film maker present). 
  • Sporty Reels (17th December 2015 at IHC, New Delhi) 
    • Kicking From The Corner by Vikram Buragohain explores the football culture in Shillong. It traces the evolvement and aspirations of football players from small localities to professional clubs. 
    • Rough ’Em Up by Sanjay Barnela is the story of an elitist sport that ended up making inroads into small towns so quickly - rugby. From Kashmir to Kerala, Manipur to Mumbai, state teams are battling it out to win the Women’s Rugby Nationals each year. 
2016 (a year of films curated around Music)
  • Had-Anhad: Journeys with Ram and Kabir by Shabnam Virmani is about Kabir, a 15th century mystic poet of North India who defied the boundaries between Hindu and Muslim.The film journeys through song and poem into the politics of religion, and finds a myriad answers on both sides of the hostile border between India and Pakistan. (27th January 2016 at IHC, New Delhi). 
  • Urban Voice (Jibon Ebong) by Aneek Chaudhuri is a bio docu-feature on urban folk musician Susmit Bose whose songs have often dealt with social issues- human rights, labour rights, child rights, global peace and non-violence. (28th February 2016 at IHC, New Delhi - film maker present) 
  • Theme of the month: International Women’s Day (11th-12th March at IHC, New Delhi) 
    • The Other Song by Saba Dewan is based in 1935, when Rasoolan Bai, the well-known singer from Varanasi, recorded for the gramophone, a love song that she would never sing again, ‘My breasts are wounded, don’t throw flowers at me.’ (Film maker present)
    • Ore Udal (One Body) by Asha Achy Joseph delves into how our social, cultural and political psyche embraces rape and its violence - to the extent of making it a ritualistic practice of consumption to the spectator. (Film maker present)
    • Reflecting Her: Women & Reproductive Health by Anna Pawlowska (Poland); Atieno Otieno Careen (Kenya); Priya Goswami (India); Sarah Chitambo (South Africa) has been shot in four continents by four women directors. It discusses the dilemmas, personal choices, lack of control and violence that women all over the world face over Reproductive Rights. (Producer present)\
  • Born to Sing by Shikha Jhingan profiles the lives of women singers in Punjab- the Marasans. They have been known to carry the darkest secrets of the royalty, from one generation to another. (21st April 2016 at IHC, New Delhi - film maker present). 
  • Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein (Journeys with Sacred & Secular Kabir) by Shabnam Virmani takes us to 15th century North India, when the mystic weaver Kabir spoke his poems in the market place, his spirituality firmly grounded in the public square. 600 years after his time, Kabir is found in both spaces – sacred and secular. (26th May 2016 at IHC, New Delhi)
  • Taan Bekro (Music Of The Sand) by Saumya Sharma is a poetic journey of the rendezvous with the nomadic tribe of Rajasthan, commonly known as the Saperas (Snake Charmers) or Kalbeliyas, in a quest to discover their cultural heritage and lifestyle. (9th July 2016 at IHC, New Delhi - film maker present). 
  • A Better Place by Miquel Galofré tells the story of five community-based organisations through the work that they do and how their experiences in diverse communities and areas impacts their view of the world. Infused with local music, stunning visuals complement stories of hope, resilience and survival. (10th June 2016 at IHC, New Delhi). 
  • Song Of The 'Other' Firefly by Abhijeet Bhatt, Abhishek Dutta, Meghna Talwar, Nagma Sahi Ansari and Umang Sabarwal traces the travels of ‘Jugni’, a feminine spirit often found in Punjabi folk music and Sufism. (4th August 2016 at IHC, New Delhi - Film makers present). 
  • A Bohemian Musician by Rochak Sahu is a student film on the life story of Keshav Lal who collaborated with the likes of Laxmikant Pyarelal and V. Shantaram. Fate brought Keshav Lal and his wife to the streets of Pune where they played music for a living. (4th August 2016 at IHC, New Delhi).
  • A tribute to Amma (late Mahasweta Devi) (4th September 2016 at IHC, New Delhi). 
    • Gangor by Italo Spinelli is an Indo-Italian project, based on the poignant short story 'Choli Ke Peeche' by Magsasay Award and Padma Vibushan Award winning writer Mahasweta Devi. It was screened at Cannes in 2011. 
    • Birth 1871 by Dakxin Chara explores the processes of ‘criminalisation' in the context of the Denotified Tribes of India, and how they combat social stigma through Theatre arts. (Film maker present)
  • 18 Feet by Renjith Kuzhur symbolises the sacred distance that the Dalits were made to maintain to ensure the purity of the upper castes. An indigenous band from downtown Kerala, 'Karinthalakoottam', propagates the music of the soul and connects people with a firm resolve. A public bus conductor is behind the exuberant squad inspiring people to break free from the shackles of caste discrimination. (6th October 2016 at IHC, New Delhi - Film maker present). 
  • Chalo Hamare Des (Come To My Country - Journeys With Kabir And Friends) by Shabnam Virmani is a journey in search of the des (country) invoked in the poetry of the 15th century mystic poet of North India – Kabir – this film interweaves the stories of two people from two very different countries, Indian folk singer Prahlad Tipanya and North American scholar Linda Hess. (25th November 2016 at IHC, New Delhi). 
  • Koi Sunta Hai (Someone Is Listening - Journeys with Kumar and Kabir) by Shabnam Virmani searches for that elusive sound, that jhini si awaaz, Kabir urges us to hear, while interweaving the folk music traditions of the mystic poet Kabir with the life and music of the late classical singer Kumar Gandharva. (12th December 2016 at IHC, New Delhi).
2017 
  • Flames of Freedom: the Ichchapur Declaration by Subrat Kumar Sahu is a story of a sleepy, idyllic Indian village, Ichchapur in southwest Odisha’s Kalahandi district, that suddenly wakes up in a spontaneous uprising of Shudras (Dalits, Adivasis, and OBCs) against age-old, Brahmanic-Feudalism. (14th January 2017 at IHC, New Delhi – Film maker present). 
  • Sent Away Boys by Harjant Gill poses pertinent questions like what happens to families in the absence of sons? What happens to land in the absence of farmers? What happens to communities in the absence of men? (17th February 2017 at IHC, New Delhi). 
  • Mod ​​​by Pushpa Rawat attempts to communicate with a group of young men in a locality, who hang around a water tank near her house. They are in turn suspicious and curious about the presence of a woman with a camera! (10th March 2017 at IHC, New Delhi – Film maker present). 
  • Kakkoos by Divya Bharathi documents the lives of Manual Scavengers in Tamil Nadu and the dehumanising that comes with their occupation. (21st April 2017 at IHC, New Delhi - Film maker present). 
  • The Tiger Who Crossed the Line by Krishnendu Bose shows how, with increasing development pressures on the forest corridors outside, the spilling out tigers are coming into constant conflict with humans, causing alarming consequences for both. (12th May 2017 at IHC, New Delhi – Film maker present) 
  • The Plastic Cow by Kunal Vohra looks at the impact of our almost complete dependence on plastic bags, which we use and discard carelessly every day, often to dispose our garbage and kitchen waste. (23rd June 2017 at IHC, New Delhi - Film maker present) 
  • Turup by Ektara Collective is based on chess, which is a popular pastime in this neighbourhood in Bhopal, with roadside games bringing together men to challenge each other in friendly and sometimes unfriendly matches. But for some, the pawns include morality and religion, causing tensions to erupt when a tournament gets underway. (13th July 2017 at IHC, New Delhi – Film makers present) 
  • The Hunt by Biju Toppo explores the condition of human rights in the Naxal affected areas of Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Orissa. It questions the thoughtless rapid development model of the Government where lives of millions of people in these areas are severely affected. (4th August 2017 at IHC, New Delhi) 
  • Daslakhiya by Rishika Namdev and Vineeth Menon reflects that fences are often built to create boundaries, to determine ownership and create a partition. One such fence has been built in Kanha National Park of India. (4th August 2017 at IHC, New Delhi – Film makers present). 
  • Durrell’s Underhogs by Daniel Craven is about the critically endangered Pygmy Hog and the relentless efforts, initiated by the legendary author and pioneer of conservation- Gerald Durrell for saving it. (8th October 2017 at IHC, New Delhi – Shaz, cameraperson present). 
  • Cecilia by Pankaj Johar is the story of struggle for justice of Cecilia Hasda, a tribal woman from West Bengal-India, whose 14 year old daughter Mati is trafficked and found dead in New Delhi. (28th November 2017 at IHC, New Delhi – Film maker present). 
  • YAYA (The Mother) by Saumya Sharma is an ethnographic film on the Gonds of Bastar, one of the largest indigenous groups of South Asia. (27th December 2017 at IHC, New Delhi – Film maker present). 
2018

  • Shovana by Aparna Sanyal is a biography of Padmashri Shovana Narayan who brought classical dance into the lives of ordinary people, through over six decades of devotion to her art. (31st January 2018 at IHC, New Delhi – Film maker present). 
  • The Little Girls We Were....And The Women We Are directed by Vaishali Sood, script by Ashwini Ailawadi and produced by Anuja Gupta, RAHI Foundation is the journey of five Indian women survivors of incest and child sexual abuse from abuse to recovery. (17th February 2018 at IHC, New Delhi – Film makers and protagonists present). 
  • Raahi - Zindagi Rozana by Ankur Talkies is an anthology of seven short films by seven young women associated with the Ankur Collective in Delhi/ NCR. Each film is a glimpse into the lives of women from working class settlements, venturing into the city to take up livelihood opportunities that the fast-changing city is throwing up. (10th March 2018 at the Kriti Film Club homespace – Film makers present) 
  • The Books we Made by ​Anupama Chandra and Uma Tanuku is inspired by the work of Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon, who co-founded the first feminist publishing house in India: Kali for Women. (16th March 2018 at IHC, New Delhi – Film makers present). 
  • Taala Te Kunjee/ Lock and Key by Shilpi Gulati is a story about four recovering addicts at a rehabilitation centre in Punjab that is helping families recover from the rampant drug problem in the state. (6th April 2018 at IHC, New Delhi and 18th May 2018 Reboot Wellness, Gurugram – Film maker present).
  • A Thin Wall by Mara Ahmed is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation. It focuses on the partition of India in 1947, but derives lessons that remain urgently relevant today. (10th April 2018 at Azim Premji University, Bangalore - Film maker present and 12th May 2018 at IHC, New Delhi - Film maker present and Delhi Premiere)
    (updating archive of screenings, please excuse any errors)

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