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Field to Factory: Film and ethnography of industrialisation in Chhattisgarah, Central India

Jandarshan Productions up to October 2002

I. Commissions and programmes made since training



Accidents Don’t Have to Happen (Durghatanaayen Gairzaruri) – 25 mins

d. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu.

The film is made for the International Labour Organization. It is addressed to construction workers, their representatives in trade unions or welfare organizations, to site safety officers and personnel working to improve conditions on construction sites with the aim of showing that most accidents are preventable.


Freak - 5 mins d. Tarun Bhartiya Anoop Kumar Sahu, Vikas Shivankar Devendra Shukla,

Raipur, (26th June 2002), a fun fair with rides, food stuff and a freak show of three 'primitive' men. Freak, the video, tries to flip the ideas of spectator and spectacle but ends up freaking out in this freak show.


Magic - 30 sec. d. Devendra Shukla

Advertisement for Jadugar Anand


Flying High - 28 mins. d. Pankaj Sudheer Mishra

A film about the court case and victory of Naveen Jindal who filed a writ against government of India, demanding the right of flying the national flag for everybody. Simultaneously it gives a brief history of the national flag.

Sponsored by Jindal Power & Stripes Ltd


Rajeev Kisan Mitan Yojana - 22 mins. d. Devendra Shukla.

A film to promote alternative agriculture in Chhattisgarh commissioned by the Agriculture Department of Chhattisgarh Government (Through Samvaad)


Chhattisgarh Tribal Development Programme: an introduction - 10 mins.

d. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu.

A presentation based on stills and video clips for Chhattisgarh Tribal Development Society. Shown at the occasion of the inauguration of the project.

Commissioned by the Tribal Development Society with support from IFAD


Jan Rapat 15 mins d. Tejendra Tamrakar.

A short presentation about Jan Rapat, the peoples’ report. This is a process which began in 2002 whereby villages all over Chhattisgarh are making their own report of their assets and aspirations. It is being supported by the UNDP.

Commissioned by the Directorate of Public Relations, Chhattisgarh Government.


Chhattisgarh Samvaad Assignment: 11 short films on famous
personalities of Chhattisgarh - 11 x 3 mins. d.s Pankaj Sudheer Mishra, |Devendra Shukla, Raghvendra Chand Singh, Tejendra Tamraka.

1. Shaheed Virnarayan Singh
2. Yatiyatan Lal
3. Gundadhur
4. Mini Mata
5. Guru Ghasidas
6. Pt. Ravishankar Shukla
7. Pt. Sundar Lal Sharma
8. Raja Chakradhar Singh
9. Dau Mandraji
10. Khubchand Baghel
11. Chandu Lal Chandrakar

Indradhanush Abhiyan 2 x 30 secs. d.s: Raghvendra Chand Singh, Pankaj Sudheer Mishra

Two spots for Chhattisgarh Government's Rainbow Inoculation Campaign.


Jandarshan Productions made or begun as part of the training.


Heads and Tales – 22 mins d. Ajay T.G. & Alpa Shah

A film about the relationship between tradition and politics. The ‘Parha Mela’, a festival in Jharkhand, was begun to symbolise tribal unity and their socio-political governance system. From 1990 it became two separate events, each supported by a different party politician. Why? This film is based on field research by Alpa Shah for her PhD from the London School of Economics.

And Forthcoming:


Gammat - aprox 20 mins d. Pankaj Sudheer Mishra

A fiction film on ‘Nacha’ and it’s performers. It sympathises with a ‘Nacha’ artist who witnesses that ‘Nacha’ is losing its attraction and identity.


Durga or Saraswati. Aprox 30 mins d. Tejendra Tamrakar

A comparison between the work methods, leadership style and achievements of two women Sarpanch.


Bhilai Stories – a series of documentaries, mostly based on the trainees’ own families, about people living and working in and around Bhilai.

1. Everyday Tales (Chhoti Chhoti Baatein)– 32 mins d. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu.

On the filmmaker’s grandfather, a retired B.S.P. worker. The film tells about the reactions and fears of people while setting up the Bhilai Steel Plant, and also studies the impact of the B.S.P. in the region.

Screened at the Factories and Field Conference, Göttingen, October 2001.


2. The Journey (Safar) – 16 mins d.s Ajay T.G. and Reeta Chandel

The film-maker explores her own relationship with her father and talks with her two sisters about their experiences as daughters and their resistance to the discrimination which women experience..

Screened at Sheffield International Film Festival, Octobeer 2001.


3. Dear Daughters (Ladliyaan)– 12 mins d. Sarasvati Adhikari

The filmmaker’s tribute to her mother’s courage and to her determination to give her five daughters a good start in life and to bring them up to be self-reliant.


4. A Village (Ek Gaon Jara Sa) - 20 mins d. Devendra Shukla

The filmmaker’s view of his home village where his father, formerly the schoolteacher, is now elected Sarpanch.


5. Living Memory (Sambandham) - 35 mins d. Shobha Ajay

The Filmmaker reflects on her roots in an Andra Pradesh Christian community, on her marriage into a very different immigrant family from Kerala and grieves for her beloved father who died of cancer during the filming


6. Letters and Learning (Ka Kha Ga) – aprox 35 mins d. Ajay T.G.

Explores attitudes to literacy through the experiences of a successful but illiterate retired BSP employee


7. A village a town, another country and us (Ek Gaon, Ek Saher, Sapanon

sa Dusara Desh aur Hum) d. Raghvendra Chand Singh

About the film-maker’s father, a BSP employee and union leader, about the family’s migrations and their home in Uttar Pradesh.


Victory (Jeet) – 17 mins d. Ajay T.G.

A short fiction for Malaria Prevention.


Triumph of Labour (Shramev Jayate) – 14 mins d. Raghvendra Chand Singh

A film on Prime Minister’s Shramweer Award winner Mr. J. S. William.

Screened at Sheffield International Film Festival, Octobeer 2001.


All things Bright and Beautiful (Sab Kuch Lage naya naya) - 22 mins d.s Raghvendra Chand Singh and Tejendra Tamrakar

Film about a highly mechanised German farm.

Screened at Göttiingen International Ethnographic Film Festival May 2002.


Exercise in advertising technique: 11 x 30 second spots
1. Against Child Labour d. Devendra Shukla
2. To promote saving Electricity d. Vikas Shivanker
3. Against Dowry System d. Anoop Sahu
4. On Jandarshan Audio-Visual Archive d. Ajay T.G.
5. On Deshbandhu Newspaper d. Shobha Ajay
6. Against Eve Teasing d. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu
7. On Aiwa’s Walkman d. Raghvendra Chand Singh
8. For pulse polio campaign d. Pankaj Sudheer Mishra
9. Against Smoking d. Ramesh Kurre
10. On Pearl Contraceptive d. Sarasvati Adhikari
11. Mentally Retarded Children d. Tejendra Tamrakar


Edited Library Sequences:

1. Aadarsh Vivah – 6 mins

2. Census 2001 – 10 mins

3. Jandarshan trainees at work – 4 mins

4. Sirpur and Deobaloda Temples – 5 mins

5. Jandarshan-Samvaad MOU Signing Event – 5 mins

6. Construction of Durga Stage – 5 mins

7. Deobaloda Mela – 5 mins



Path is the destiny - 11 mins d. Raghvendra Chand Singh

The filmmaker follows a family of itinerant acrobats (Nats) through a long day’s work in the industrial city of Bhilai.

Screened at Göttiingen International Ethnographic Film Festival May 2002.

Reflected Sound - 10 mins d. Pankaj Sudheer Mishra

Hopes and fears are expressed as the new millennium dawns in Bhilai steel town.

The Last Shelter - 11 mins d. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu

This study of an Indian old people's home reflects a widespread concern that families increasingly neglect their elderly.

Screened at the Royal Anthropological Institute film Festival, London December 2000.

Three short autobiographical productions:

1. Click…Click - 5 mins d. Vikas Shivanker

A portrait of the filmmaker’s mother who works with her husband as a photographer.

Screened at Göttiingen International Ethnographic Film Festival May 2002.

2. Papa Says – 5 mins d. Reeta Chandel

The filmmaker presses her father to tell how he arrived in Bhilai, worked in a variety of jobs and eventually settled down as a ward attendant in Sector 9 Hospital.

3. Practice - 5 mins d. Shobha Ajay

The filmmaker’s younger brother is nurturing a career playing Tabla.

"Narbali" – as seen by Sunil Kumar - 30 mins Concept Sunil Kumar

Current affairs documentary about the formation of the new state of Chhattisgarh.

.Concept and script by Sunil Kumar, editor of Deshbandhu.

Transmitted by Raipur Doordarshan 30/10/2000 and by two Raipur cable channels 31/10/2000.

5 commercials transmitted with the above programme.

Uttarheen - 12 mins d. Margaret Dickinson

Short fiction based on a story by Prahalad Shrimali. A young woman is stranded at a small town bus stand at night.

Video Diary Part 2 –10 mins

Diary of the course from October 1999 to June 2000.

Edited Library Sequences

1. Idd Mubaarak – 7 mins

2. Construction of Durg Puja stage.

3. Idol Making – 4 mins

3. Oath Taking Ceremony – 4 mins

Jandarshan Trainees Shooting - 5 mins d. Pankaj Sudheer Mishra

A student video crew at work filming preparations for Durga Puja



Hathaurewala - 5 mins d. Ajay T.G.

A portrait of an 80-year-old lohar (ironsmith) who works in the shadow of the Bhilai Steel Plant.

Girls Becoming Self Reliant - 5 mins d. Sarasvati Adhikari

A young girl's first experiences with the NCC (National Cadet Corps)

From Earth ….. to Stage - 5 mins d. Devendra Shukla; concept Tejendra Tamrakar

The process that transforms a lump of earth into a musical instrument. (a Dagga)

Video Diary Part 1 - 11 mins

A video diary of the first months of the training course, July to October 1999. We see the trainee’s first struggles with the camera and their first experience of field research.

There are English subtitled versions of almost all except library sequences.