Friday, May 6, 2016

IAWRT India Chapter invites applications for the 2nd JAI CHANDIRAM MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP

IAWRT India Chapter invites applications for the

Jai Chandiram was a distinguished media professional and former deputy Director General of Doordarshan. She was the founding member and Managing Trustee of IAWRT India Chapter and also the first Asian to be the President of IAWRT International. Jai Chandiram Memorial Fellowship has been instituted through a grant by her family, to support media and research projects by members of IAWRT India Chapter. The first Jai Chandiram Memorial Fellowship was awarded to filmmaker Iram Ghufran.

The Fellowship is open for a member of the India chapter of IAWRT who has been a member for a minimum of two years and has paid all her dues till date.

About the Project (500-900 words)
How is the grant going to be used (400-500 words)
A brief bio note and CV (not running to more than 2 pages)

Call for Entries: 30th April 2016
Deadline for Receiving Proposals: 30th June 2016
Selection Announcement: 30th July 2016
Ist installment to be released: 20th August 2016
Report to be received at regular intervals of four months
Final report to be submitted by 30th November  2017

The fellowship may be awarded for research/ study tour/ script development/ dissemination/ or development of a multi-disciplinary performance.

The fellowship will be awarded to one or two candidates selected by a Jury.

The fellowship will be awarded once in two years.

The Jury will comprise three members (all from IAWRT India Chapter, one being a trustee).

The names of the Jury members will be confidential i.e. the names will not be revealed till the fellowship results have been announced.

Jury members cannot submit a proposal.

Proposals will be submitted to the Managing Trustee by e-mail who will forward it to the Jury.

A contract will be signed between IAWRT India and the selected Fellow(s).

A methodology of monitoring will be in place. This may vary depending on the nature of the project.

The methodology will be finalized by the Jury in consultation with the Fellow and the Managing Trustee.

The Fellow must submit a mid term report and a final report. Other deliverables will be finalized by the Jury in consultation with the Fellow and the Managing Trustee.

A member who has been awarded a fellowship once cannot apply for another fellowship for the next two cycles.

Originality of the idea
Plan of Action/ Methodology

Rs. 60,000 (May be awarded to one candidate or shared by two as per the discretion of the Jury)

Proposals should be emailed to

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kriti Film Club celebrates the Women's Day month with two days of documentaries by women film makers and issues of relevance

11-12 March 2016 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

-       The other song by Saba Dewan
-       Ore Udal (One Body) by Asha Achu Joseph
-       An IAWRT production - Reflecting Her: Women and Reproductive Health by Anna Pawlowska (Poland); Atieno Otirno Careen (Kenya); Priya Goswami (India); Sarah Chitambo (South Africa)

The films will be followed by discussion with the filmmakers/producers. Saba Dewan on the 11th March, Asha Jospeh and Bina Paul from IAWRT, on the 12th March. This is a not to be missed event.

Friday, 11 March 2016
7 pm onwards 
Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

 The Other Song
by Saba Dewan

In 1935, Rasoolan Bai the well-known singer from Varanasi, recorded for the gramophone a love song that she would never sing again, ‘My breasts are wounded, don’t throw flowers at me.’ A variation of her song, ‘My heart is wounded, don’t throw flowers at me,’ the 1935 recording faded from public memory and eventually got lost. More than 70 years later the film travels through Varanasi to search for the forgotten song. This journey opens a Pandora’s box of life stories, memories, half remembered songs and histories that for long have been banished into oblivion. It brings the film face to face with the enigmatic tawaifs or the courtesans who till a century back were amongst the most educated and privileged of Indian women. Today they stand recast as deviant, their arts, obscene; their story and that of the lost song linked to the making of modern India and the transitions around the control and censorship of female sexualities and cultural expression.

Saturday, 12 March 2016
7 pm onwards
Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

Ore Udal (One body)
by Asha Achy Joseph 

Our social, cultural and political psyche embraces rape and its violence to the extent of making it a ritualistic practice of consumption to the spectator. This film marks the beginning of a journey in search of a narrative where one’s own identity as woman and creator is at stake. Through One Body, the director on its preliminary level intends to look at the void in the mind-space of a woman who is raped. Though subjective to a large extent, this attempt wishes to explore varied layers of experiences that engulf the act of violence as victim and perpetrator.

Reflecting Her: Women & Reproductive Health 
by Anna Pawlowska (Poland); Atieno Otieno Careen (Kenya); Priya Goswami (India); Sarah Chitambo (South Africa) / Produced by IAWRT

The film has been shot in four continents by four women directors. It discusses the dilemmas, personal choices, lack of control and violence that women all over the world face over Reproductive Rights. The stories vary but all reflect the theme of a necessity for women to gain greater control over their own bodies.

About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. Running consistently since 2000, we offer an independent and informal platform for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access and distribution space for documentary films.

Open for All!

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