English / 09:14 / 2011 / Jamshedpur / Andrew Hinton
Amar is 14 and top of his class. Someday he’d like to be a professional cricketer, but for now he’s the family’s main breadwinner, working two jobs six and a half days a week on top of attending school in the afternoons. This short observational documentary is a simple journey with Amar through his daily life.
|2. Andhere Se Pahale
Hindi & Chhattisgarhi / 00:33 / 2010 / Chattisgarh / Ajay T G
In the name of development, tribal land is routinely grabbed or illegally acquired by private companies in India. In the Raigarh district of Chhatisgarh, farmers are caught in a search for justice against the Jindal Thermal Power Plant. Alongside testimonies by desperate farmers, this film documents their determined protest against an impending public hearing that will decide the expansion of the power plant in Tamnar.
|3. Brave New Medium
English / 00:32 / 2010 / Dharmshala, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hanoi, Thailand / Subasri Krishnan
Brave new Medium documents the complicated dynamics of Internet and censorship across different parts of Asia. It looks at how people in the region use the internet as a tool of resistance. The film also examines other ways of understanding censorship beyond the lens of the banning and the banned
|4. Jharu Katha
Rajasthani & Hindi / 00:64 / 2010 / Rajasthan / Navroze Contractor
Drawing on extensive fieldwork in remote corners of rural Rajasthan and the by-lanes of Jodhpur city, this film on the broom engages in conversation with a wide spectrum of broom-makers. Their struggle for livelihood is intersected with different stories of the broom provided by women and ritual attendants of shrines, traders, municipal sweeper and garbage collectors. Through the counterpoint of their voices, the film covers wide ground in opening the contradictory values and belief-systems of the broom.
Bengali / 00:37 / 2011 / Bangladesh / Saikat Mallick
While the filmmakers and film viewers worldwide keep expressing dialectic point of view on the role of cinema in our lives, times and culture; Raqeeb, a boy of 7 largely oblivious to the world of cinema house in a nondescript Bangladeshi village names Chandpur. While the grown-ups continuously try to imagine and construct young Raqeeb’s world in their own terms, this film named after the cinema house ‘koh-i-noor’ tries to capture whether those views conform to Raqeeb’s own ideas.
|6. Love Song of the World
English / 00:26 / 2010 / West Bengal / Ishani K Dutta
This is the story of the Bauls, a cult of travelling minstrels who are reaching out to the world and winning it over with their integrity and simplicity, through their soulful music. Their faith places man in the centre of the universe-everything else is based around this core integrity. The film presents the Bauls as a clan of mystic minstrels, who use music as a tool to express and spread their philosophy.
|7. Made in India
English & Hindi / 00:97 / 2010 / Mumbai, Texas / Rebecca Haimowitz & Vaishali Sinha
Made in India is a feature length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of “outsourcing” surrogate mothers to India. The film shows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the context of a growing international industry, MADE IN INDIA explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective.
|8. Platform No. 5
English / 00:26 / 2010 / Andhra Pradesh / Vanaja C
The film tries to look at the world of street children and examines the concepts of love, fear, respect, and money from the perspective of a child that has grown up or is growing up on the street.
English / 00:20 / 2011 / Tamil Nadu / Pravin Mishra
Forced labour of women and girls known as the “Sumangali System” is practiced in the factories of southern India, particularly the spinning mills around Tirupur. The workforce is composed of girls aged between 13 and 18 years old employed on a 3 year contract.
|10. Whispers in the Night
English / 15:50 / 2011 / Delhi NCR, Kolkata / Sushmit Ghosh & Rintu Thomas
In every city, there is an army of anonymous men and women who brave the scorching blaze of the sun, the chill of the winters and the monsoons to guard our lives and property. In the face of increased global security concerns, these security guards belong to burgeoning industry that is growing at a rapid pace annually.
|1. A dream called America
Hindi & English / 00:24 / 2011 / Ahmedabad / Anoop Sathyan
A dream called America is made on Shahbaz, a 15 year old boy from Gujarat, India. He is the third among the five children of his father Aftab who makes a living by repairing cycles on a footpath. Shahbaz had studied in the US for a year on a scholarship, where he was hosted by an American couple. The one year he spent in US changed his attitude as he experienced a very comfortable and carefree life than his real home. After reaching India, he badly wants to go back and settle in US, leaving his parents in a dilemma.
|2. Budhan Diaries
Hindi / 24:17 / 2011 / Ahmedabad / K Harish Singh
A documentary film about ‘Budhan Theatre’, a theatre group functioning in the Chhara tribe of Gujarat.
|3. Defying Gravity
English / 00:25 / 2011 / Delhi / Akanksha Saxena & Chandrika Deb
Defying gravity illustrates the journey of a budding entrepreneur, Chandrika, who like most people today, wants to make it big. But what scares her is that she does not know, how? This film explores the drive and enthusiasm in young minds today that motivate them to think out of the box, push their limits and scale the greatest heights of success.
|4. Dekha Andekhi: Kaal aur kala
Hindi / 00:25 / 2011 / Jaipur / Akash Kamthan
Sanganer Block Printing has been part of a community. An art which provided a distinct identity to people, they could be proud on. But now there are hundreds of these factories, challenging an old art by its fast colour, fast production and look like products. It has shaken the roots of hand block printing. This film is an attempt to explore this subject deeply and bring out a message to make public more aware about this delicate art which once had a magnificent past, is surviving.