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27-29 August 2010, India Habitat Centre, Delhi
 Jeevika Festival 2010 Photos  
(L-R) Manoj Mathew, Jeevika Festival Director, Adish C Aggarwala, President, International Council of Jurists, Pracheta Sharma,
Best Student Documentary Winner, Reena Kukreja, Jeevika 2010 Winner, Ramesh Vishwakarma, Jeevika 2010 Second Runner up,
Elizabeth Thronhill, Deputy Public Affairs officer, US Embassy, Parth J Shah, President, CCS, Premendra Majumdar, Film Critic

Jeevike: A Glimpse

Jeevika Festival 2010 saw the screening and discussion on the top 21 documentaries, ‘Unsuni’ - theatre performance by Asmita, a painting and poster making competition and a discussion on ‘Representation of Reality in Documentary Making’ amongst filmmakers. The highlight of festival was the Awards Ceremony on 29 August which saw a musical performance by Ekam Satyam, popular youth band from Delhi and an impressive guest panel comprising of ace actress Ms Shabana Azmi, Mr Sharad Yadav, MP and Chairman, Committee for Urban Development, Dr Adish C Aggarwala, President, International Council of Jurists and Mr S M Khan, Director, Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, GOI.

Shabana with 1st Prize Winner Sharad yadav with 3rd Prize Winner Student Entry Winner
Shabana Azmi with Jeevika 2010 Winner Reena Kukreja Sharad Yadav with Jeevika 2010 2nd Runner Up Ramesh Vishwakarma Elizabeth Thronhill with Jeevika 2010 Student Winner Pracheta Sharma
Nandan Saxena Inauguration Painting Competition
Nandan Saxena in discussion with filmmakers S M Khan inaugurates Jeevika Festival 2010 Painting and poster making competition
Theater Performance Ekam satyam Audience
Asmita Theater performance 'Unsuni' Ekam Satyam musical performance Mallika Sarabhai and Yadavan Chandran during discussion following their documentary screening

Jeevika 2010 Winners

1st Prize: Delhi Bound for Work by Reena Kukreja (Prize money: INR 50000)
“The film symbolizes the struggles of people having no access to education, to skill building or training of any kind, their parents in abject poverty manage survival on informal and often unscrupulous labour agents to find jobs as domestics. Devoid of all emotional support systems, often cheated of their earnings too, yet make a living and be able to tell their tale, the film competently depicts the different aspects of their life very evocatively.” - RMS Liberhan, Director, IHC (Jeevika Jury 2010)

2nd Prize: The Nine Months by Merajur Rahman Baruah (Prize money: INR 35000)
“Great film and  exhaustive study of the livelihood of 5000 people engaged in different assignments of cast and crew in 60 mobile theatres touring out in 70 locations in the interiors of Assam performing for 120 nights entertaining about 2500 people per show during a long journey of nine months.” - Meenu Chopra, Executive Founding Director, ICONGO (Jeevika Jury 2010)

3rd Prize: Bhookh by Ramesh Vishwakarma (Prize money: INR 25000)
“Bhookh is a hard hitting film which surprises and shocks in the same vein. On one level it salutes the human ingenuity and survival instinct but on the other deeper level it highlights the depths of inhumanity people go through in their fight against hunger.” Meenakshi Gupta, Founder Member, Goonj (Jeevika Jury 2010)

Best Student Documentary: Behind Closed Doors by Pracheta Sharma & Jessica Hopper (Prize money: INR 15000)
“Very moving and skillful portrayal of how the lure of comfort and dollars draw desperate women from poor countries to cross the seas and reach the land of abundance to willingly undertake a life of abuse, neglect and loneliness. And upon reaching a point of no return, how they band together to fight for their unspoken rights.” - Paromita Shastri, Former Editor, Mint (Jeevika Jury 2010)

Jury Mention: Dhananjay Kulkarni ‘Chandragupt’ by Rrivu Laha
“An inspiring story of a man who arrived in the city of possibilities: Bombay, 15 years ago with a dream of making it big as a script writer in Bollywood; today he works as a nigh watchman but has not given up on his dreams…each night as he watches the spectacle of Bombay unfold before him, he spins stories that yet wait public affection. The film is truly a tribute to all sould who continue to follow their dreams despite all odds in life.” - Premendra Majumdar, Film Critic (Jeevika Jury 2010)

Message from Shabana Azmi

Friends, the entrepreneurial spirit of informal sector in India absolutely delights me. I was in Delhi recently near Park Street where a vendor was selling readymade white shirts, the export rejects, for about 75 rupees. He had parked himself on a crossroad with all his shirts in a thela and was resting his head against the compound wall of a building and on the iron railing was a signboard which read ‘pata puchne ka do rupaiya’ (two rupees for asking the address). I thought that was absolutely fabulous. I remember being struck in Mumbai where a man used his own body as a means to earn a living. He had a small bamboo stick with balloons etc and had adorned his body with bindis and bangles. He was a walking pole in which he had displaced everything he had to sell. I remember an instance in Ahmedabad where a young man had transformed a three wheeler by some very innovative means into a little taxi and instead of congratulating him for his spirit he had been struggling for over four years to get a licence. The bureaucrats said ‘we don’t know what to call this vehicle’. This is what policy is doing in our country and that needs to be addressed. What made me move out from the comforts of my career and move towards social issues was a film by Anand Patwardhan called ‘Bombay our City’ (Hamara Shahar). It moved me deeply because it showed me that demolishing slums is not the answer because it only creates worse slums. People come to the cities not in search of housing but for employment. Jobs they may find but they do not find a home. We fail to realize that unless there is a bank of land that the government can provide to make subsidized housing for weaker sections of our society the process of illegality will continue

I am very delighted that the Centre for Civil Society has taken up the the issue of livelihood through Jeevika and would like to congratulate all documentary makers who have participated. The power of documentaries is enormous.

Winners Speak

“This trophy is for all the 120 women who are part of my film, without you this would not have been possible. Thank you Jeevika for giving us this platform.”

- Reena Kukreja

"The award certainly recognizes the dexterity of more than 5000 people who are directly engaged in the Mobile Theater. However becoming one of the recipients of the esteemed Jeevika 2010, I feel highly elated. The award is certainly a salute to the unique art form vindicating that theater here is not merely means of entertainment or social messenger, but rather a pragmatic tool of subsidization hence positioning theater in a pivotal locus for social development in the state of Assam."

- Merajur Rahman Baruah

“Thank you Jeevika for the opportunity to showcase the plight of poor people living in the slums of Delhi. I hope my film will help us find a solution for existing problems.”

- Ramesh Vishwakarma

“Thank you Jeevika for giving us the opportunity to screen our film. We hope to use this as an advocacy tool to create some awareness on the atrocities against domestic works and dedicate this to all the women of Andolan who have formed the movement to lobby for the Domestic Workers Rights Bill in the United States.”

-  Pracheta Sharma

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