Resources for Secularism -- Films Videos Cassette
Bombay - A Myth
Shattered – A video by Teesta Setalvad,
reminds us of the pogrom against Muslims in the 1992-’93 riots, but also
offers a glimpse of hope. (a Sabrang home production). Duration : 25
Bombay’s Blood Yatra
– (a Sabrang home production) directed by Suma Jasson, the video traces
the origin of the 1992-’93 Bombay riots.
Communalism – A gathering of creative people
originating from Ayodhya, as a powerful message to counter the kind of
narrow ideology forcefully projected across the country. SAHMAT.
Trouble Where There Is None (A Frontline
Presentation). A video production by Frontline, throwing light on the
RSS affiliated Hindu Munnani’s attempt at manipulating the Ganesh
Chaturthi procession in Madras in September 1993. Duration : 20 mins.
Hum Dekhte Rahe – Directed by Rajkumar Asthana,
it’s a video focussing at the horror of Bombay’s violence and the rise
of Hindutva forces, juxtaposing it with the failure of Dalit
organisations, women’s groups and trade unions in tackling the
onslaught. Duration : 45 mins.
Dharm Kiska Desh – A film by Mediastorm
Collective, raises the question: What is Ram Rajya and who is it for?
– Directed by Govind Nihalani, it’s a tele-film recalling the pain and
horror of 1947.
– News Channel – India’s first fortnightly news-video cassette,
priced at Rs. 125, distributed by Magnum, ‘Nirant’, 14th
road, Khar, Mumbai – 400052.
– Produced by HTV for The Hindustan Times Limited, Eyewitness is a news
video cassette. Distributed by Magnum, ‘Nirant’, 14th road,
Khar, Mumbai – 400052, its priced at Rs. 140.
Amawas – Produced by
Iqbal Ansari, Amawas is a serial dealing with the every day pressure
which the people of lower middle income group experience in cosmopolitan
cities like Karachi.
For details contact : Shalimar Recording
P.O. box 1246, Islamabad (Pakistan)
Phone – 856171.
Khasman Khanian (the
husband eaters) – An Ajoka theatre production. It’s a play on women
rights. Based on Shahid Nadeem’s plays on feminist themes. Duration : 50
Jhalli Kithay Javay
(where should the mad woman go?) – An Ajoka theatre production. It’s a
Punjabi drama about a defiant woman who is declared possessed. Duration
: 45 mins.
Aik Thee Nani –
Directed by Madeeha Gauhar, written by Shahid Nadeem, the play portrays
the drab, oppressive life of the dadi’s middle-class household when her
grand daughter is prevented from realizing her aspirations. Its well
balanced with a little chaos, mischief and fun.
Barri (acquittal) –
Directed by Madeeha Gauhar and written by Shahid Nadeem, the play opens
a prison cell which holds three women prisoners; they are joined by a
fourth – a political activist. The play calls into question the
oppressive laws and discriminatory justice system of our society.
Fishers of Men – A film
by Ranjan Kamath and Padmavati Rao. It’s a video documentary featuring
the re-conversion of Christian tribals to Hinduism as well as the
violence towards missionaries and Christian tribal youth.
For details contact – Ranjan Kamath/Padmavati
RKO films P.Ltd
704 A Silver Oak, Hiranandani Gardens,
Powai, Mumbai- 400076
From the Burning Embers
– Directed and produced by Mediastorm Collective. It’s a powerful
indictment of the custom of sati, where a young widow is burnt alive on
the funeral pyre of her husband.
In Secular India – A
documentary on the passage of the controversial Muslim women’s
protection of rights on Divorce Bill, passed by the Indian parliament in
May 1986. A Mediastorm Collective production.
Ad-Mania – A
video-discussion kit on “living fully in an advertising age.” Duration :
23 mins, priced at Rs. 150.
Islam in India : (KHOJ)
– a site that describes how the seeds of Islam were sown in India by the
arrival of Arab traders in the early 18th century.
Jala Do – Written,
produced and directed by Amy Laly, it’s a documentary and essay about
the Bombay riots of the early ‘90’s. The video is dedicated to “victims
of bigotry and hate” and is also a commentary on various religious and
political issues facing India. Duration : 20 mins.
Dekh Tamasha Chalta Ban –
a local play by Ajoka, it has been performed many times but with
variations in production. It is a popular play and has an enduring
The Name Of God – A film by Anand Patwardhan. It documents how
religion has been used for political and financial gain in the Babri
Masjid - Ramjanmabhoomi conflict. Available at Rs 500 for institutions
and Rs 350 for individuals.
Adhuri Jhooti Sacchai – By Astha, Xavier Institute of
Communications, Mumbai. It’s a media-kit, tackling communal stereotypes,
consisting of a short video film and a study guide.
Awaaz – Directed by K.P. Sasi, it’s a feature film in Hindi, on the
victimisation of women in Kerala.
For details contact : ALCOM – Alternate Communication Forum
A – 11, Green Park Extension, New
delhi – 110016.
4. Father, Son and Holy War –
Produced and directed by Anand Patwardhan, the film
is on men,
religion and violence. Duration : 120 mins.
For details contact : P.O. box 5216, Dadar
(east), Mumbai – 400014.
5. Who is afraid of little girls? –
Directed by Sehjo Singh, it’s a film on child
Rajasthan, India. The film is in English and a duration of 20 mins.
For details contact – D-3173, Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi 110030, India.
Phone – (91 –11) 6890604.
6. We are not your monkeys – A
film by Anand Patwardhan, it’s a dalit critique of the
legend. Duration : 5 mins.
For details contact : Anand Patwardhan,
27, Lokmanya Tilak Colony Marg,
No.2 Dadar, Mumbai – 400014, India.
Phone – (91 – 22 – 4143782)
7. Manufacturing Consent –
Noam Chomsky and the media - Directed and produced
Achbar, Peter Wintonick, the film is divided into two parts. One dealing
control in a democratic society and the other on ‘activating dissent’.
For details contact : Gil Scrine films,
24, Empire St. Haberfield 2045.
Phone – (02) 716 6354
8. Ek minute ka maun – A
video by Ajay Bharadwaj, paying tribute to
Chandrashekhar Prasad, an unwilling pawn but a willing activist at the
For details contact : Ajay Bharadwaj, 9191,
Masudpur, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110070.
Phone – 6898610.
9. Sonamaati – a very
ordinary gold – Directed by Sehjo Singh, its about a woman’s
the struggle for land. The video is in Marwari with English subtitles.
Duration : 40
mins. For details contact : Sehjo Singh and Anwar Jamal,
D3 / 3173,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110070Phone – 91 11 6890604.
10. Dongargan – It’s a film by
PEE AMM Enterprises and is the story of the triumph of
human energies in a situation of minimal resources.
11. Occupation : Millworker – A
film by Anand Patwardhan. It records the courageous
of workers who, after a four-year lock-out, forcibly occupied The New
mill. Duration : 25 mins.
12. Bombay: Our City – A film
by Anand Patwardhan. It tells the story of the daily
for survival of 4 million slum dwellers of Bombay who make up half the
population. Duration : 57 mins.
13. A Season Outside – Directed
by Amar Kanwar, its a personal and philosophical
through the shadows of past generations, conflicting positions, borders
For details contact : A K Productions, N-14 A Saket, New Delhi 17,
14. From Behind the Barricade –
Directed by Tapan Bose, it’s a film
15. Ribbons for Peace – A film
by Anand Patwardhan, its an anti-nuke music video,
incorporating the music of Kishore Kumar. Duration : 5 mins.
You Cant Sink a Rainbow
– Green Peace anti nuclear campaign.
18. Streets Alive – A document
on the problems street children of Mumbai face daily
challenges two voluntary agencies experience in rehabilitating them.
duration of 23 mins, its priced at Rs. 150.
19. Johnny – A poignant story
of the childhood of Don Bosco, the educator, who is
compelled to leave home in pursuit of his dream. Duration : 1hr 50mins.
at Rs. 275
20. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro –
Directed by Saeed Mirza, the film focuses on one
or the other of the frustrations of life in Bombay city. It’s a NFDC
21. Punjab Ki Kahani – Directed
and Produced by Nalini Singh, the documentary
tense situation in Punjab and highlights the Hindu and Sikh
and how their interactions are bearing under the strain of militancy.
Duration : 27
22. Nasoor – Directed and
Produced by Saba Dewan. Shot during the Meerut riots, the
relations at the social, economic and political levels in
23. Gandhi – Directed by
Richard Attenborough, the film follows the efforts of Mohandas
Karamchand Gandhi to free India from colonial rule. Duration : 188 mins.
24. The Great Dictator – A film
directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, it’s a satire on
and in particular Adolf Hitler and Nazism.
25. India : Turmoils of the Century
– A film produced by Point du Jour, brings to life in
coherent manner the history of the world’s largest democracy and the
it. It has two videos for a duration of 52 mins each.
26. Surmanthan – Produced by
Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the hearing
it’s rehabilitation story of a deaf boy. Duration : 42 mins.
27. In the Memory of Friends –
A film by Anand Patwardhan, documenting the
violence and terror in Punjab.
– Directed by Istvan Szabo, it is based on the novel by Klaus Mann,