Documentary films finally come of age

Documentary films finally come of age
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First Published: Fri, Mar 23 2007. 03 25 PM IST

Film maker in conversation
Film maker in conversation
Updated: Fri, Mar 23 2007. 03 25 PM IST
The upcoming Hyderabad International Film Festival, scheduled to be held from 23 to 27 March, 2007 will have a series of documentaries on varied themes. “Crossing Boundaries”, “Suffering Silence” and “Wealth amidst Dust” have been shortlisted for screening under the nonfiction documentary category.
Crossing Boundaries is a short film that documents the process of social audit carried out in Nalgonda. It is made in collaboration with the government of Andhra Pradesh as part of the Right to Food campaign.
“Suffering in Silence” is a short film on HIV positive people capturing stigma and discrimination in the Indian context, apart from having serious implications on access to drugs in lieu of WTO agreements.
“Wealth amidst Dust” an ActionAid-America India Foundation collaboration, captures the voices of migrant labour through case studies that track women’s lives.
The first film is based in Andhra Pradesh, which is classified as a ‘high prevalence state’, with over 5 lakh HIV positive people. “Suffering in Silence” gets close to the infected and affected people, trying to express their anguish at being stigmatized and discriminated. Hearteningly, it informs that being infected need not be the end of the world. With treatment, care and support, life can be prolonged.
TVV Visweswararao or Vishy as he is called, was commissioned by ActionAid to make all three films. What made him the perfect contender to shoot the films, was his proximity to the target group.
Being a staffer with ActionAid, he has worked with and documented lives of fisher folk, tribals, dalits, HIV/AIDS infected/affected people and women in the wake of globalization, all of which have impacted those who are the poorest, the most.
Film maker can be contacted at vishyteki@yahoo.co.in
The film festival schedule can be viewed on http//www.idlebrain.com/images3/hiff-shortfilms.swf
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First Published: Fri, Mar 23 2007. 03 25 PM IST