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


The films

Introduction

All the films in this 'Field to Factory' collection were made by film students from the Bhilai area as part of the training programme described in  'Jandarshan, a short History' and  in 'A personal account of Jandarshan's Bhilai training programme. ' They are a small selection from the films made during the programme. Read the full introduction...

 

Every Day 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.

Stills | Clips | Treatment | Subtitles | Credits

Interview with the Director: Listen to the recording | Read the interview transcript

 

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, October 2001.

Stills | Clips | Transcript | Credits

Interview with Ajay T.G. (Co-director):
Listen to the recording
| Interview transcript (English) | Interview transcript

Interview with Reeta (Co-director):
Listen to the recording | Read the interview transcript

 

Me, You ...... All

d. Raghvendra Chand Singh

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

Stills | Clips | Transcript | Subtitles | Credits

Interview with the Director:
Recording
| Read the interview transcript

 
Letters and Learning (Ka Kha Ga)

approx 35 mins d. Ajay T.G.

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

Stills | Clips | Subtitles | Transcript | Credits

Interview with the Director:
Recording
| Interview transcript (English) | Interview transcript

 
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

Stills | Clips | Transcript | Credits | Subtitles

Interview with the Director:
Recording Part 1
| Recording Part 2 | Read the interview transcript


Other related films

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.

Stills | Clips | Transcript | Credits | Commentary

Interview with the Director:
Recording | Transcript

 
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.

Stills | Clips | Subtitles | Credits | Treatment

 
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.

Stills | Clips | Transcript | Credits | Commentary

Interview with the Director: Recording | Transcript

 

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. The film 'The Journey' was a development of this.

Stills | Clips | Transcript | Credits | Commentary

Interview with the Director:
Recording
| Read the interview transcript

 
Practice

5 mins d. Shobha Ajay

Before making 'Living Memory' Shobha made this short exercise showing her younger brother is nurturing a career playing Tabla.

Stills | Clips | Transcript | Credits | Commentary

Interview with the Director:
Recording | Read the interview transcript

Complete listing of all Jandarshan productions