A group of unlettered Dalit women from a village in Telangana have created history. The women, who took to film making under the tutelage of the NGO Deccan Development Society six years back, have won the national award for best educational video film in a nation-wide contest conducted by the University Grants Commission and Consortium of Educational communication (UGC-CEC).
The 10 women from Pastapur village came out tops with two awards in a competition with 246 entries, including some by well-known short film makers and top notch academicians. The film by the group received a citation for the best programme on Environment and Development.
The group, organized under Community Media Trust, has produced 75 films covering a issues including women and agriculture, local healthcare systems, agricultural biodiversity cultural traditions of the region. The quality of their work has won accolades in India and abroad too. The UK-based National Resources Institute commissioned the group to make a 20-minute film on ‘Water. Life and Livelihood’, which was completed recently.
A disaster in search of success: Bt cotton in global south — the movie made by the group for a German NGO — has become the talking point in environment circles. Two team members recently travelled to South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Mali and parts of India to document farmers’ reaction to Bt cotton.