Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Harishchandrachi Factory | India's Official Entry To Oscars

Marathi film "Harishchandrachi Factory", by theatre-veteran Paresh Mokashi has been selected as India's official entry to this year's Oscars in the Foreign Film Category.

The two-hour-long film depicts the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, to make 'Raja Harishchandra' in 1913, India's first feature film.

"Harischandrachi Factory" beat off competition from 15 films including Bollywood movies like "New York" and "Delhi 6" to get selected for the honour.

The nomination of the Marathi film was announced by The FilmFederation of India (FFI) and the jury was headed by noted actress Asha Parekh.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Movement of Tribal People | SURVIVAL

U.K.-based charity Survival International has appealed to James Cameron on behalf of the Dongria Kondh tribe in India’s Orissa state whose story, according to Survival, “is uncannily similar to that of the Na’vi in ‘Avatar.’ “

Survival said, “The Dongria Kondh tribe in India are struggling to defend their land against a mining company hell-bent on destroying their sacred mountain. Please help the Dongria.”

Source - FilmKaravan


During the Kala Ghoda (Black Horse) Arts Festival in Bombay, I came across a very interesting installation by bethekey.in organization. The organization is a network of individuals, social organizations, enterprises working together on COMMON CAUSES.

Its USP is that it promotes social activism by:

  • creating connections based on common causes (bethekey.in)
  • public involvement projects to generate awareness about social activism & convert online intent to on ground action (EVENTS)
  • sourcing & producing socially shareable media (video, audio, photos) to spread awareness through various media channels (CONENT CREATION)

"To find causes that are common between individuals, social organizations
and enterprises by inspiring expression as a vehicle for positive social change"

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