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

2002 to 2007 Jandarshan Chhattisgarh Media Centre

Commissioned and speculative productions.

(Does not include training films made by the four batches of students enrolled since the end of the EU funded project, 2001.)


Village Lives – Distant Powers 30 mins. Documentary made with Anthropologist Peggy Froerer  about administration, development  and local corruption as seen from the forest village where she did her research.

Handloom-30min: (For the Department of Handicraft & Handloom, C.G Govt.)
A promotional film on Handloom in Chhattisgarh.

Handicraft-42min: (For the Department of Handicraft & Handloom, C.G Govt.)
A promotional film on Handicraft in Chhattisgarh.

Peggy Chatting – -  still from “Village Lives – Distant Powers”  2007

Amrit Namak- The Salt- 45 Sec:( For the Department of Public Relations CG Govt.)
Salt called Nector Salt promoted by C.G. Govt. for villagers who are below poverty level.

Peggy Chatting – still from “Village Lives – Distant Powers” 2007

Ganvesh Praday-Free School Dress for Girl Students- 1:45min: (For the Department of Public Relations CG Govt.)
A TVC of Free School Dress called Ganvesh Praday promoted by C.G. Govt. for Girl Students who are below poverty level.

Vande Matram (Bal Film Mahotsav)- Child Film Festival- 12Min: (For the Department of Public Relations CG Govt.)
A film on the promotional plan for child in Chhattisgarh. It is basically a short musical film on Govt. plans.

Kundali- Sickle Sell- 30 min: (For the Department of Health CG Govt.)
A film on a disease called Sickle Cell.


Chhattisgarh- Future’s New Hope – 40mins. (For the Department of Public Relations CG Govt.)
d. Raghvendra Chand Singh
A promotional film on the successful completion of two years of the present Raman Sing Government in Chhattisgarh.

Koi Nari Tonahi Nahi – 25 Mins. (No Woman is Witch): (For the Department of Public Relations CG Govt.)  d. Devendra Shukla
Women are tortured in the name of witchcraft in Chhattisgarh. The film explores stories of five such women  accused of being ‘Tonahi’(Witch).

Sakari Nadi Yatra  (Walking the Sakari River) 50 mins 
(for INTACH)   d. Anoop Sahu
A record of a walk along the Sakari river organised by Chhattisgarh INTACH between the 3rd and 9th of June 2005 to draw attention to environmental concerns.  The walkers covered about 140 km, holding meetings along the way.

Salva Judum, rising against Naxalism –12 Mins.
(For Police Headquarters, Raipur through DPR)
Film on antinaxal activity in Bastar  District which  was screened for the Prime Minister and the President of India by the Chhattisgarh Government.

Nava Bihan – (New Morning) - 15 Mins.
(For DPR through Chhattisgarh Samvaad)
Publicizes new steps taken by the Chhattisgarh Government to benefit farmers in the state.

Sarokar –(Welfare)- 15 Mins. (For DPR through Chhattisgarh Samvaad)
The State Government has implemented many welfare schemes for the tribals of Chhattisgarh.. The film shows how the tribal people are benefited and how it changed their lives.

60 Second advertisement to support State Government’s “School ma Padbo ta Aaghoo Badbo Campaign.’(Child Literacy Campaign): Transmitted by Raipur Doordarshan daily  June 16th to June 30th, 2005.


Rain in Desert – 16 Mins.
(For Seva Mandir, Udaipur)      d. Devendra Shukla
A documentary on residential literacy camp for children organized by Sewa Mandir, Udaipur.

Labouring Brick by Brick… - 20 Mins. (For The  International Federation of Building and Woodworkers)  d. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu
The film explores working and living conditions of construction workers in India.  It promotes the benefits of unionisation by showing some successful examples from Gujrat and Tamilnadu.

Towards Disaster – 30 Mins.  d. Tejendra Tamrakar
Film shows how man-made problem changed the direction of a river leading to inter-state conflict and how industrial pollution and big dams have increased problems by disturbing the  basin ecology and violating the riparian rights. Shot in Bastar region and western Rajnandgoan in Chhattisgarh.

Primary Warning – 41 Mins.  d. Tejendra Tamrakar
The film follows a visit to Chhattisgarh by the famous environmentalist, Mr. Rajendra Singh  to investigate water problems threatening Chhattisgarh and raise awareness about projected  scarcity in the region.

Fire of the Forest – 13 Mins. d. Tejendra Tamrakar
The film shows struggle of the Baiga tribe against forest department of Madhyapradesh. The film gives a voice to the struggle of the Baigas against administration.

Human Rights Development Report of Chhattisgarh 2003-04 – 22 Mins.   (for UNDP)  d. Tejendra Tamrakar
The film shows the various processes involved in  drafting of the report.

Women Builders (Reja) – 50 Mins. (For the  International Labour Organisation, Geneva)  d. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu
Women do much of the unskilled work on construction sites in India. Most are casual labourers and hardly any are unionized. This film introduces four such women, showing their working lives on the site and in the home. It then focuses on some rare initiatives to improve the situation and comments on two new laws which, if implemented, would address key problems to do with safety, health and welfare.



Indira Suchana Shakti Yojana – 16 Mins.   (For CG Govt ) A State scheme to provide computer education to the girls in high schools and higher secondary schools. The programme is collaborated with AIESECT.

Injection Practices in Rural India – 6 Mins.
A campaign film to stop irrational and ridiculous use of injection.


Video Monographs on Local Arts – 4x5 mins  (For INTACH)

Vaahak – a performing folk art of Eastern Chhattisgarh
Bhittichitra – traditional wall painting art by using natural colours of Eastern Chhattisgarh
Bel Metal Art – sculpture of ‘Jhara’ tribal of Chhattisgarh
Girivilas Pallace – history of the pallace of Sarangarh royal family

Kharun Katha (Story of the River Kharun) – 28 mins. (for INTACH.)
d. Rita Chandel
A journey along the river Kharun. The film tells the importance and utility of the river and explores pollution and other problems which threaten its existence.


Midnight Poetry – 5 mins.
d. Devendra Shukla
A filmmaker’s impression of the city of Raipur at midnight.



Accidents Don’t Have to Happen (Durghatanaayen Gairzaruri) – 25 mins.  (For International Labour Organisation, Geneva)
 d. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu
Film 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 
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. (Advertisement for Jadugar Anand)
Flying High - 28 mins. (For Jindal Power & Stripes Ltd.) d. Pankaj Mishra
The story of  the court case brought against the Indian Government by the steel magnate   Naveen Jindal  for the right for everyone to fly the national flag.  The account includes a brief history of how the flag evolved.  

Rajeev Kisan Mitan Yojana - 22 mins. (For the Agriculture Department CG Govt Through Samvaad) d. Devendra Shukla
A film to promote crop diversification  in Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh Tribal Development Programme: an introduction - 10 mins. (For the  Tribal Development Society with support from IFAD)
 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.

Dharati Par Bainkuth (A heaven on  earth) – 12 mins. (for Century Cement Bainkuth) 
d. Raghvendra Chand Singh
  A corporate film to highlight the company’s environmental credentials.

Jan Rapat 15 mins  (For the Directorate of Public Relations, CG Govt .) d. Tejendra Tamrakar
A short presentation about Jan Rapat, the peoples’ report. This was a process which began in 2002 whereby villages all over Chhattisgarh were making their own report of their assets and aspirations.  It was  supported by the UNDP.