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26-28 August 2011, India Habitat Centre, Delhi
Jeevika Festival 2011 Photos
(L-R) Parth J Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society, K Harish Singh, Special Mention Award, Madan Meena, Best Documentary Award, Vaishali Sinha, Jury Mention Award, Padma Vibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Preeti Chawla, Hitachi India, Raza Haider, Jeevika 2011 Jury Member, Akash Kamthan, Best Student Documentary, Ajay T G, Second Best Documentary Award and Saikat Mallick, Third Best Documentary Award

Jeevika 2011: A Glimpse

Inaugurating the Jeevika festival, National Award winning filmmaker and Padma Vibhushan, Shri Adoor Gopalakrishnan congratulated the winners and called upon them to be more and more fearless and objective in their story telling. He described ‘Jeevika’ as an important initiative in the right direction, which provided a platform to documentary filmmakers, most of whom are short of funding and publicity.

In his keynote address on ‘law, liberty and livelihood’, acclaimed lawyer and MP Shri Ram Jethmalani said we must remember that our neighbor has as much right to enjoy freedom as we claim for ourselves. “Whatever you need to pursue in order to attain pleasure should also be allowed to all others in the country and that is when economic freedom comes into the picture”, he said.

Mr Jethmalani rued that despite 20 years of economic reforms, 28% of the population still lived below the poverty line and the kind of society economists like Adam Smith envisaged had yet to come into being here.

On August 27th, a panel discussion on “Challenges in the Informal Sector: Law, Liberty and Livelihood” was held that comprised vice-president of livelihood Axis Development Services, Suryamani Raul; Coordinator of the National Association of Street Vendors of India, Arbind Singh and president of Centre for Civil Society, Dr Parth J Shah.  The panellists discussed the framework of the unorganized sector in India and the major issues it faces.  They exchanged views on whether there existed an efficient and uncomplicated legal set up for all people in India to earn an honest livelihood.  The session was moderated by Jeevika campaign coordinator, Amit Chandra.

Fourteen documentaries (10 professional and 4 amateur) showcasing various aspects of livelihood were short listed from a total of 73 films that were submitted for the Festival this yearThe documentaries touched upon sensitive subjects such as forced/child labor, surrogate mothers, tribal land issues and migrant musicians. Apart from screening of the documentaries, there were discussions, dance performance and a photo competition as part of the festival.

Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival is organised by Centre for Civil Society, a public policy think tank based in New Delhi. The documentary festival is a part of the larger Livelihood Freedom Campaign ‘JEEVIKA’ which helps develop public policy measures to clear the path for livelihood freedom.

Jeevika 2011 Winners

Best Documentary: ‘Jharu Katha’ by 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.

Second Best Documentary: Andhere se Pehle’ by 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.

Third Best Documentary: ‘Koh-I-Noor’ by 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.

Best Student Documentary: ‘Dekha Andekhi: kaal aur kala’ by 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.

Jury Mention: ‘Made in India’ by Rebacca 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.

Special Mention for Student Documentary - ‘Budhan Diaries’ by K Harish Singh
A documentary film about ‘Budhan Theatre’, a theatre group functioning in the Chhara tribe of Gujarat.

People’s Choice Award- ‘Amar‘ by 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.

Jeevia 2011: Through Lens
Padma Vibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Preeti Chawla, Hitachi India with Madan Meena, Associate Director, Jharu Katha (Jeevika 2011 Best Documentary)
Padma Vibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Preeti Chawla, Hitachi India with Ajay T G, Andhere se Pehle (Jeevika 2011 Second Best Documentary)
Padma Vibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Preeti Chawla, Hitachi India with Saikat Mallick, Koh-I-Noor (Jeevika 2011 Third Best Documentary)
Preeti Chawla, Hitachi India and Padma Vibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan with Akash Kamthan, Dekha Andekhi: Kal aur Kaala (Jeevika 2011 Best Student Documentary)
Padma Vibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan with Vaishali Sinha, Co-Director, Made in India (Jeevika 2011 Jury Mention)
Padma Vibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan with K Harish Singh, Budhan Diaries (Jeevika 2011 Special Mention)
Bhupinder Singh with Suresh Mathew, Producer, Amar (Jeevika 2011 People's Choice Award)

Short Promo of Amar (Jeevika 2011 People's Choice Award Winner)

Jeevika Photography Competition 2011
Congratulations to Joy Acharyya, Nitin Khatri and Vaibhav, Jeevika Photography Competition 2011 Winners. Check the winning entries and final 20 selected photographs here.
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