Phulabasa Kumbhara, a dalit widow, has not received the state pension she is due for the last four years. Phulabasa is eligible for both, the widow pension scheme as well as the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme. Each of these would give her between Rs 200 and 300. But she receives neither.
Communities across India document the continuance of untouchability in this Video Volunteers series
For all those who believe that untouchability practices are a thing of the last century, these videos will relate a different story. In the run-up to April 14, 2012, Ambedkar Jayanti, community correspondents trained by Video Volunteers captured images rarely witnessed by outsiders.
For My Children, a short film produced by Open Space and Infochangeindia.org, is the story of the millions of migrant workers who live an invisible life in the heart of our bustling cities. An intensely personal journey into their hopes, hardships, disappointments and dreams, this story questions our notion of development and progress. Photographer Sayan Dutta's powerful images are a testimony to the spirit of these unknown men and women. Photography : Sayan Dutta
In the world's largest democracy live thousands of men, women and children with lost homes and forgotten names. Sheltering one of the largest refugee populations in the world, India still lacks a comprehensive domestic refugee law that could guarantee them their basic human needs and a life of dignity. In Search of My Home is a journey with a Burmese and an Afghan family, as it explores the complexities in their everyday battle for survival. Weaving their emotional stories of hope and despair, love and loss, the film uses live-action, photography, music and text narratives to tell a story that is absent from India's collective conscience. This film was made by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas as part of the Infochange Media Fellowships 2009.
Kurush Canteenwalla’s documentary made as part of the Infochange Media Fellowship 2009 starts in thirsty Delhi and travels to the lush, green Renuka valley in Himachal Pradesh where families in 17 panchayats will be thrown off their fertile picture-postcard land to make way for the Renuka dam that will supply water to Delhi. Those living in the area –mostly farmers - point to the many crops they grow and from which they make a decent living, and ask what they can do and where they can go when their land is taken away. The documentary highlights the powerlessness of ordinary people in a democracy and skewed city development that has destroyed Delhi’s own water resources and causes it to prey on the resources of people 300 miles away.
A CCDS documentary, made by Jeeva Jayadas as part of the Infochange Media Fellowship 2008, finds out how survivors of the tsunami are picking up the pieces of their lives four years after the 2004 disaster that left over 10,000 dead in India. Jeeva travels with her camera through Nagapattinam, the worst-affected district in Tamil Nadu, and coastal Kerala.
Santosh, Sameer and Salman – three real-life 'slumdogs' - live in Dharavi, Mumbai’s biggest slum. They are among thousands of child ragpickers in the city, making a vital contribution to Mumbai’s recycling industry, based largely in Dharavi. The boys comb through mountains of rubbish on the outskirts of the Indian metropolis that generates 8,000 metric tonnes of waste every day. They have no protection against the dangerous toxins that surround them. But for them, they say, waste is gold. Who recognises the value of their contribution to waste management in the city? What will happen to them and to the waste recycling industry of Dharavi when the slum redevelopment plan ousts them from here? Parasher Baruah won the Infochange Media Fellowship 2008 to make this film.
CCDS presents its latest documentary film, directed by Soumitra Bhattacharya, on the child rights movement building up in more than 60 villages in Latur district of Maharashtra. These are drought-prone villages from where dalit labour migrate to the lush green sugarcane fields of western Maharashtra. Often, the dalits take their children with them to work the fields. But not any more. Now the children are demanding that they be allowed to go to school. They are asking why the entitled scholarships are not being granted to them, why they cannot eat the midday meal alongside the rest of the children.