Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Social Justice Film Festival 2022 : Screening Schedule

11th Social Justice Film Festival 2022

14-17 April, Periyar Thidal, Chennai 


Jointly organised by MARUPAKKAM and Periyar Self Respect Media


Screening Schedule 


14th April, 5.30 pm


Mannu : Sprouts of Endurance

Dir : Ramdas Kadavallur; 1 hour 53 min; India




The Plantation strike led by the women tea plantation workers in Munnar, Kerala was a nine day strike, which further lead to the formation of Pempilai Orumai (women's unity) , a landmark movement in the labour union history of India. The strike has broke out on 2015, Sept 5 with around 5000 workers started their agitation in front of Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Ltd. Office, when management decided to scale down the bonus to 10 percent from 20 percent. The strike was a female labour movement first time in the history of India and was an attempt to demarcate the economical and gender disparities in plantation sector.



15th April (11 am to 8 pm)


11 am


Into Dust

Dir : Orlando von Einsiedel; 40 min; United Kingdom / Pakistan



When Perween Rahman is murdered, her sister Aquila returns to Karachi, Pakistan to investigate. Finding herself caught up in powerful forces stealing the city’s water, her sister exposed the impact of corruption. Based on a true story of one activist who worked tirelessly to protect the rights of Pakistan’s poor.


We are not together

Dir : Alexander Nezam; 64 min; United States / Greece



An aspiring math professor from Palestine, a once-imprisoned political activist from Iran, a young entrepreneur from Syria. These people are among the tens of thousands trapped in Greece after the closing of the European borders. Greeks, international volunteers, and refugees alike now struggle to find meaning and community in the birthplace of democracy, a country with a continued history of political turmoil. With moments ranging from the horrific to the sublime, We Are Not Together reminds us that the experience of the "refugee" defies easy definition. 


2 pm


How Do Animals and Plants Live?

Dir : Sherry Millner, Ernest Larsen; 26.56 min; United States / Greece



Is it true that translation creates the basis for a new commons? If so, how?

The video essay How Do Animals and Plants Live? is an inquiry into the forcible eviction and immediate demolition of the self-organized anarchist-supported migrant squat Orfanotrofeio in Thessaloniki, Greece, in July 2016. 


Profiles

Dir : Kathleen Foster; 53 min; United States



Some of the victims—Eric Garner, Michael Brown—are now familiar the world over. Others, like Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray, are remembered mostly by family and friends in their New York neighborhoods. Profiled knits the stories of mothers of black and Latin youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S. 


Resisters

Dir : Jill Daniels; 60 min; United Kingdom / Germany 



Framed through a letter to the Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg Resisters celebrates 100 years of resistance to fascism. Taking a two-fold journey through Berlin, a geographical one and a psychic one to bring the past into the present, Daniels reflects on Berlin's turbulent history and the present growth of the nationalist AfD who became the main opposition party in Germany in 2017.


5.30 pm 


Ye Lo Bayan Humaare, And We Were There 1967 -77 

Dir : Uma Chakravarthi, Priyanka Chhabra (Co -Direction); India


Part 1 : 60 min

Part 2 : 82 min



Yeh Lo Bayaan Humaare is a film about the idealism, passion and the jail time of young women coming of age in the late 1960s, seeking to change the world, and throwing themselves into movements sweeping parts of India. Hounded for their activities, tortured by the police and incarcerated in jails, these women found a camaraderie that went beyond revolutionary ideology that had inspired them. As the late sixties gave way to the seventies, the Emergency was imposed across India, and the number of women who went to jail for their political idealism expanded to many cities, small towns, and villages across the country.


16 April 


11 am 


Did You Do It?

Dir : Aditi Bhande; 24 min; India 


A place that is neither urban nor rural, on the fringes of the capital of India. The film attempts to explore the dynamics between natural resources and human intervention in this place that is my home. Who is responsible- they, you, me- all of us?


Ultraviolence

Dir : Ken Fero; 75 min; United Kingdom



The silence over the police killings of Black people is now broken. Since 1969, over two thousand people have died at the hands of the police in the UK. Shootings, chokeholds, batons, gassing, suffocation, restraint and brutal beatings are some of the methods used. The numbers of deaths is escalating. Inevitably police officers involved are not convicted for these killings.


2 pm 


Bound By Us

Dir : Chinmoy Sonowal; 20 min; India


An exploration of the life of a shrinking forest that finds itself confined within the city of New Delhi, the film looks at direct and indirect impacts of human intervention. 


Boramey - Ghosts in the Factory

Dir: Tammaso Facchin, Ivan Franceschini; 60 min; Italy / Cambodia



Sreyra, Ponler, and Sreyven are three young garment workers in Cambodia. Day after day, they produce clothes for the most important global brands, until something exceptional disrupts their routine: suddenly they pass out in the workplace, an event that is followed by their colleagues fainting en masse. Episodes of mass fainting like these are not uncommon in Cambodia, where labour conditions remain harsh.


Right Now I Want to Scream : Police and Army Killings in Rio - the Brazil Haiti Connection

Dir :  Cahal McLaughlin & Siobhan Wills; 62 min; United Kingdom / Brazil



The film was produced using participatory practices in collaboration with mothers whose children have been killed during police operations in Complexo do Alemão, Manguihos, Complexo de Maré; and Salgueira.


5 .30 pm


Jamnapar

Dir : Abhinava Bhattacharya; 24 min; India


Jamnapaar lurks on the river's edge seeking to explore how the inhabitants of the Jamuna relate to its degraded presence, the fragile nostalgia of an unknowable past and the horror of its unthinkable future.


Many Straws Make A Nest

Dir : Johanna Schellhagen; 50 min; Germany / India



In the last 30 years, the Delhi region has turned into one of the world's major industrial hubs. The required workforce is recruited from India's poorer regions, where survival is being made more and more difficult for the rural populace. This is why 4.5 million industrial workers in Southern Delhi are willing to ruin their health for wages their families can hardly survive on.


17 April


11 am 


Flying While Fat 

Dir : Stacy Bias; 6.13 min; United Kingdom; Animation


Flying is uncomfortable for many people, but when the physical infrastructure of the plane doesn’t accommodate your body and/or the social attitudes of other passengers make the plane environment a hostile space, flying can be a particularly anxious thing to do. News stories about fat passengers often present them as unreasonably taking up space that is not their own, as a problem for others, dehumanising fat people akin to ‘excess baggage’. 


Light in Stones

Dir : Iqbal Barkat; 6.20 min; Australia / India



The imagined contemplations of a Muslim pilgrim in contemporary India. This cine-poem follows their steps and sees their thoughts through verse on-screen. Using travel footage of everyday scenes in India, Light In Stones, traverses the fears, joys, trepidations and hopes of the pilgrim.


The Icon and the Iconoclast

Dir : Vilasini Ramani; 18.47 min; India



This period short film is based on a conversation that reportedly happened between Periyar E.V. Ramasamy and Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1927. Over this conversation, Periyar, a rationalist anti-caste leader from South India and the key figure of the Dravidian Movement, and Mahatma Gandhi, the well-known pacifist leader of the Indian Independence Movement, discuss their views on religion.


Stains

Dir : Rhea Mathews; 30 min; India



Stains’ is a Short Fiction based on Manjula Padmanabhan's short story of the same name.


The film revolves around a couple from diverse cultural backgrounds, who are spending a weekend with the man’s mother for Onam. During the visit, the woman starts menstruating and stains her bedsheets. Her boyfriend's mother’s extreme reaction to the event, his failure to stand up for her and in turn expecting her to adjust, results in a fraught environment. 


2 pm 


Social Justice through Poetry : Reciting and Interaction with Poets 


5 pm 


A Mandolin in Exile

Dir :  Rafiqul Anwar; 57 min; Bangladesh



Modhurchora Refugee Camp, at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, the largest of its kind in the world, where millions of Rohingya refugees are confined. In this land of no-hope, filled with extreme despair of existential struggle, rays of hope are being ignited by a lone native musician. Mohammad (Ahmed) Hossain, the ‘Mandolin man’ refuged here along with millions of Rohingyas out of fear, threat and massacre instituted by Myanmar military force since August, 2017. 


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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

11th Social Justice Film Festival 2022 : List of Films

11th Social Justice Film Festival 2022
14-17 April, Periyar Thidal, Chennai 

Jointly organised by MARUPAKKAM & Periyar Self Respect Media  

List of films

1) Into Dust
Dir : Orlando von Einsiedel; 40 min; United Kingdom / Pakistan


When Perween Rahman is murdered, her sister Aquila returns to Karachi, Pakistan to investigate. Finding herself caught up in powerful forces stealing the city’s water, her sister exposed the impact of corruption. Based on a true story of one activist who worked tirelessly to protect the rights of Pakistan’s poor.

2) We are not together
Dir : Alexander Nezam; 64 min; United States / Greece


An aspiring math professor from Palestine, a once-imprisoned political activist from Iran, a young entrepreneur from Syria. These people are among the tens of thousands trapped in Greece after the closing of the European borders. Greeks, international volunteers, and refugees alike now struggle to find meaning and community in the birthplace of democracy, a country with a continued history of political turmoil. With moments ranging from the horrific to the sublime, We Are Not Together reminds us that the experience of the "refugee" defies easy definition.

3) A Mandolin in Exile
Dir : Rafiqul Anwar; 57 min; Bangladesh


Modhurchora Refugee Camp, at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, the largest of its kind in the world, where millions of Rohingya refugees are confined. In this land of no-hope, filled with extreme despair of existential struggle, rays of hope are being ignited by a lone native musician. Mohammad (Ahmed) Hossain, the ‘Mandolin man’ refuged here along with millions of Rohingyas out of fear, threat and massacre instituted by Myanmar military force since August, 2017.

4) Mannu : Sprouts of Endurance
Dir : Ramdas Kadavallur; 1 hour 53 min; India



The Plantation strike led by the women tea plantation workers in Munnar, Kerala was a nine day strike, which further lead to the formation of Pempilai Orumai (women's unity) , a landmark movement in the labour union history of India. The strike has broke out on 2015, Sept 5 with around 5000 workers started their agitation in front of Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Ltd. Office, when management decided to scale down the bonus to 10 percent from 20 percent. The strike was a female labour movement first time in the history of India and was an attempt to demarcate the economical and gender disparities in plantation sector.

5) How Do Animals and Plants Live?
Dir : Sherry Millner, Ernest Larsen; 26.56 min; United States / Greece


Is it true that translation creates the basis for a new commons? If so, how?

The video essay How Do Animals and Plants Live? is an inquiry into the forcible eviction and immediate demolition of the self-organized anarchist-supported migrant squat Orfanotrofeio in Thessaloniki, Greece, in July 2016.

6) Ye Lo Bayan Humaare, And We Were There 1967 -77 Part 1
Dir : Uma Chakravarthi, Priyanka Chhabra (Co -Direction); 60 min; India


Yeh Lo Bayaan Humaare is a film about the idealism, passion and the jail time of young women coming of age in the late 1960s, seeking to change the world, and throwing themselves into movements sweeping parts of India. Hounded for their activities, tortured by the police and incarcerated in jails, these women found a camaraderie that went beyond revolutionary ideology that had inspired them. As the late sixties gave way to the seventies, the Emergency was imposed across India, and the number of women who went to jail for their political idealism expanded to many cities, small towns, and villages across the country.

7) Did You Do It?
Dir : Aditi Bhande; 24 min; India

A place that is neither urban nor rural, on the fringes of the capital of India. The film attempts to explore the dynamics between natural resources and human intervention in this place that is my home. Who is responsible- they, you, me- all of us?

8) Bound By Us
Dir : Chinmoy Sonowal; 20 min; India 


An exploration of the life of a shrinking forest that finds itself confined within the city of New Delhi, the film looks at direct and indirect impacts of human intervention.

9) Jamnapar
Dir : Abhinava Bhattacharya; 24 min; India 


Jamnapaar lurks on the river's edge seeking to explore how the inhabitants of the Jamuna relate to its degraded presence, the fragile nostalgia of an unknowable past and the horror of its unthinkable future.

10) Ye Lo Bayan Humaare, And We Were There 1967 -77 Part 2
Dir : Uma Chakravarti, Priyanka Chhabra (Co-Direction); 81 min; India 


Yeh Lo Bayaan Humaare is a film about the idealism, passion and the jail time of young women coming of age in the late 1960s, seeking to change the world, and throwing themselves into movements sweeping parts of India. Hounded for their activities, tortured by the police and incarcerated in jails, these women found a camaraderie that went beyond revolutionary ideology that had inspired them. As the late sixties gave way to the seventies, the Emergency was imposed across India, and the number of women who went to jail for their political idealism expanded to many cities, small towns, and villages across the country.

11) Flying While Fat
Dir : Stacy Bias; 6.13 min; United Kingdom; Animation

Flying is uncomfortable for many people, but when the physical infrastructure of the plane doesn’t accommodate your body and/or the social attitudes of other passengers make the plane environment a hostile space, flying can be a particularly anxious thing to do. News stories about fat passengers often present them as unreasonably taking up space that is not their own, as a problem for others, dehumanising fat people akin to ‘excess baggage’.

12) Profiled 
Dir : Kathleen Foster; 53 min; United States 


Some of the victims—Eric Garner, Michael Brown—are now familiar the world over. Others, like Shantel Davis and Kimani Gray, are remembered mostly by family and friends in their New York neighborhoods. Profiled knits the stories of mothers of black and Latin youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S.

13) Light in Stones
Dir : Iqbal Barkat; 6.20 min; Australia / India


The imagined contemplations of a Muslim pilgrim in contemporary India. This cine-poem follows their steps and sees their thoughts through verse on-screen. Using travel footage of everyday scenes in India, Light In Stones, traverses the fears, joys, trepidations and hopes of the pilgrim.

14) Resisters
Dir : Jill Daniels; 60 min; United Kingdom / Germany 


 
Framed through a letter to the Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg Resisters celebrates 100 years of resistance to fascism. Taking a two-fold journey through Berlin, a geographical one and a psychic one to bring the past into the present, Daniels reflects on Berlin's turbulent history and the present growth of the nationalist AfD who became the main opposition party in Germany in 2017.

15) Ultraviolence
Dir : Ken Fero; 75 min; United Kingdom


The silence over the police killings of Black people is now broken. Since 1969, over two thousand people have died at the hands of the police in the UK. Shootings, chokeholds, batons, gassing, suffocation, restraint and brutal beatings are some of the methods used. The numbers of deaths is escalating. Inevitably police officers involved are not convicted for these killings.

16) Boramey - Ghosts in the Factory
Dir: Tammaso Facchin, Ivan Franceschini; 60 min; Italy / Cambodia 


Sreyra, Ponler, and Sreyven are three young garment workers in Cambodia. Day after day, they produce clothes for the most important global brands, until something exceptional disrupts their routine: suddenly they pass out in the workplace, an event that is followed by their colleagues fainting en masse. Episodes of mass fainting like these are not uncommon in Cambodia, where labour conditions remain harsh.

17) Right Now I Want to Scream : Police and Army Killings in Rio - the Brazil Haiti Connection
Dir :Cahal McLaughlin and Siobhán Wills; 62 min; United Kingdom / Brazil



The film was produced using participatory practices in collaboration with mothers whose children have been killed during police operations in Complexo do Alemão, Manguihos, Complexo de Maré; and Salgueira.

Janaina Matos, founding member of a group of Brazilian police officers campaigning against militarization, states that in Brazil ‘it has become normal’ for police ‘to enter a territory and treat the population as if it were a war enemy…Brazil’s security policy is not aiming to guarantee security for everyone, but just for an elite while oppressing the other larger number of the population, especially the black people.’

18) Many Straws Make A Nest
Dir : Johanna Schellhagen; 50 min; Germany / India


In the last 30 years, the Delhi region has turned into one of the world's major industrial hubs. The required workforce is recruited from India's poorer regions, where survival is being made more and more difficult for the rural populace. This is why 4.5 million industrial workers in Southern Delhi are willing to ruin their health for wages their families can hardly survive on.

But people are not powerless in this situation, they try to find effective ways to collectively resist

19) The Icon and the Iconoclast
Dir : Vilasini Ramani; 18.47 min; India 


This period short film is based on a conversation that reportedly happened between Periyar E.V. Ramasamy and Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1927. Over this conversation, Periyar, a rationalist anti-caste leader from South India and the key figure of the Dravidian Movement, and Mahatma Gandhi, the well-known pacifist leader of the Indian Independence Movement, discuss their views on religion.

20) Stains
Dir : Rhea Mathews; 30 min; India



'Stains' is a Short Fiction based on Manjula Padmanabhan's short story of the same name.

The film revolves around a couple from diverse cultural backgrounds, who are spending a weekend with the man’s mother for Onam. During the visit, the woman starts menstruating and stains her bedsheets. Her boyfriend's mother’s extreme reaction to the event, his failure to stand up for her and in turn expecting her to adjust, results in a fraught environment.



Monday, March 14, 2022

11th Social Justice Film Festival 2022 : Selected films!

 11th Social Justice Film Festival 2022 : Selected films!

Our official selection committee comprising P Baburaj, Shilpi Gulati and Shaliendra Boora has recommended the following films :

  1.  We are not together
  2. A Mandolin in Exile
  3. Mannu : Sprouts of Endurance
  4. How do Animals and Plants Live
  5. Did you do it?
  6. Bound by Us
  7. Ye Lo Bayan Hamare Part 01
  8. Ye Lo Bayan Hamare Part 02
  9. Flying While Fat
  10. Profiled
  11. Light on Stones 
  12. Resisters
  13. Ultra Violence
  14. Ghosts in the factory
  15. Right Now, I Want to Scream
  16. Many Streams make a nest
  17. The Icon and the iconoclast
  18. Stains
  19. Jamnapar
  20. Into the Dust
Congratulations to the filmmakers!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

11th Social Justice Film Festival of India 2022

11th Social Justice Film Festival of India 2022

11th Social Justice Film Festival of India 2022 will be organised by MARUPAKKAM in association with various cultural organisations and educational institutions on 14-18 April 2022 at multiple venues in Chennai depending upon the local restrictions due to Covid.

Entries are invited ! A non competitive film festival! 

A moderate screening fee will be paid to all the selected films!

Categories : Documentaries, short fiction, experimental films, music videos and animation films

Mahatma Phule

Rules and Regulations :

1) Films based on Social Justice will be accepted
2) Indian and international & Old and new films are invited
3) One filmmaker / producer can send any number of films
4) Films that promote hatred will not be accepted
5) Both Indian and international films are invited
6) Films without entry fee will not be accepted
7) It is a non competitive film festival
8) Entry fee will not be returned if the entries are withdrawn or if the films are not selected
9) Selection committees' decisions are final
10) One member from the selected films will be invited to the physical event
11) No travel will be provided; a simple stay for 3 days will be provided
12) Only the films with subtitles in English will be accepted
13) Festival will be organised physically depending upon the local rules by administration. If the physical event is not possible, films will be shown online
14) Interactions with the filmmakers will be organised online if required and possible
15) A moderate screening fee will be paid to all the selected films

Last date to send entries : 1 February 2022

Click here to send the entries



Social Justice Film Festivals since 2014

 Social Justice Film Festivals in India since 2014

We have organised 10 film festivals so far across India on Social Justice in association with various organisations.

The chronology of the film festivals as follows :

1st Social Justice Film Festival 2014, Chennai 

2nd Social Justice Film Festival 2017, Chennai 

3rd Social Justice Film Festival 2017, Bangalore 

4th Social Justice Film Festival 2017, New Delhi 

5th Social Justice Film Festival 2018, Hyderabad 

6th Social Justice Film Festival 2018, Patna 

7th Social Justice Film Festival 2018, Bangalore

8th Social Justice Film Festival 2018, Chennai 

9th Social Justice Film Festival 2019, Chennai 

10th Social Justice Film Festival 2021, Chennai 

The list continues...

Monday, October 8, 2018

Social Justice Film Festival # 8, Chennai : Screening Schedule

Social Justice Film Festival #08, Chennai

Curated by Amudhan R.P.
Jointly organised by MARUPAKKAM and Goethe - Institut, Chennai
27-29 Oct; 10 am to 8 pm; Goethe - Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai


 

Screening Schedule

27 Oct; Saturday

10 am Inauguration
Chief Guest : Trotsky Maruthu (painter / artist)
"Social Justice and Media" - Special lecture on Social Justice : Senthalir (journalist)

11:00 Some Stories around Witches (Dir: Lipika Singh Darai; 44 min; India)


 

The film explores the politics of witch hunting - how superstition, greed, ignorance, fear, insecurity and power work together to cause immense violence and suffering.

11:45 Interaction with Karuna Miryam (activist/researcher)
12:00 Green (Dir: Patrick Rouxel; 47 min; France / Indonesia)



Set in Indonesia. Meet Green, an orangutan and victim of human impact. Follow the devastating journey as her home is destroyed by logging, clearing for palm oil plantations, and the choking haze of rainforest fires. Hauntingly poetic and without narration, the film creatively depicts the effects of consumerism on tropical rainforests as we are faced with our personal accountability in the loss of the world's treasures.

12:50 Interaction with Sajith Attepuram (activist)

1:00 Lunch break

2:00 The Battle of Bhima Koregaon (Dir: Somnath Waghmare; 49 min; India)



This documentary is about the 500 Mahar soldiers (the untouchables) who offered to fight alongside their countrymen, against the colonisers. Rejected by the ruling class they joined forces with the colonisers and fought in the 'Bhima Koregaon Battle', defeating the Brahminical rule of the Peshwas. Just as history did, so do the media and ruling class today conveniently forget to acknowledge them. On​ the 1st of​ January, every year, 20 lakh (2 million) people gather at Bhima-Koregaon, Pune, Maharashtra to commemorate that battle.

2:50 Interaction with Prof Arunkannan (Loyola College)

3:10 A Delicate Weave (Dir: Anjali Monteiro & KP Jayasankar; 62 min; India)



A Delicate Weave, set in Kachchh, Gujarat, India, traces four different musical journeys, all converging in the ways they affirm religious diversity, syncretism and love of the other.

4:15 Interaction

4:35 Radiation Stories (Dir: Amudhan R.P.; 80 min; India)



The people’s movement against Koodankulam nuclear plant is a 20 plus years old story. Post Fukushima saw the movement gaining momentum in and around Koodankulam and Idinthakarai villages thanks to the test run conducted by nuclear authorities of Koodankulam which brought in the inland farmers, workers, small traders and lower middle salaried class to the struggle along with the fishing community.

5:55 Interaction

6:15 The Question of Social Justice and Intersectionality - Special lecture on Social Justice : Dr. Binitha Thampi (IIT- Madras)

Day 2; 28 October

10 am The Long Distance (Dir: Daniel Andreas Sager; 91 min; Germany / Kenya)



A farmer woman from Kenya and a shepherd boy want to run their way out of poverty. Their hope is to be able to join highly paid marathons in Europe with the help of a German athletics manager.

11:30 Interaction

11:45 Ladies and Gentlewomen (Dir: Malini Jeevarathnam; 46 min; India)




A film about love, life, and suicides among lesbians.

12:30 Interaction with Malini Jeevaratnam (filmmaker), Srijith Sundaram (theatre director / actor / activist)

1:00 Lunch break

2:00 The Children Send Their Regards (Dir: Patricia Marchart; 104 min; Germany)



They were acolytes, pupils, wards and foster home children, who were sexually, emotionally and physically abused by members of the clergy. Accompanied by the camera, the victims visit the locations of the crimes from back then. Many are making their stories public for the first time.

3:45 Interaction with Tamilzh Prabakaran (filmmaker / journalist)

4:00 Valentina (Dir: Maximilian Feldmann; 51 min; Germany)



A slum in a Romani neighbourhood. Ten year old Valentina invites us to meet her family. What follows are bizarre anecdotes, day dreams and documentary observations - a film as lively as it roaming heroine.

5:00 Interaction 

5:15 Perunkadal Vettathu (Dir Arul Ezhilan; 60 min; India)



Fishermen who inhabit the southern most peripheries of India, were caught in cyclone Ockhi and were given up to die in sea without being rescued by the government. This documentary discusses those painful events, the tragic condition that followed of their families and the political reasons behind these deaths. This documentary also looks deeper into the havoc caused by cyclone Ockhi, the unspeakable tragedy that befallen on the fishermen community of Kanyakumari and the political reasons that prevented them from getting help. 

6:15 Interaction with Arul Ezhilan (filmmaker/journalist), Dhayalan (media person)

6:45 Three Stories from the Law : of life, liberty and dignity - Special lecture on Social Justice : Adv Usha Ramanathan

Day 3, 29 October

10 am Where the Grass Grows Highest (Dir: Philip Hallay & Christian Spieß; 51 min; Germany / Mangolia)




Begzuren lives in the ger district of Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Due to a lack of space, survival is very difficult. Still tourists from all over the world come into his modest ger to exchange life experiences. Dalai’s lives in Bayangol Sum, a two hours drive from Ulan Bator. Instead of living in a chaotic metropolis, he enjoys the vastness of the veldt. His son, destined to inherit his father’s nomadic tradition, is secretly dreaming of Ulan Bator.

10:50 Interaction with Dr. Anandhi (MIDS), Dhamayanthi (writer / filmmaker)

11:00 am Dispossessed (Dir: Mathieu Roy; 83 min; Canada)



The Dispossessed is an impressionist journey that sheds light on the daily strife of the world’s hungry farming class. In this era of industrialized agriculture, across the globe, people who produce food are paid less than almost any other profession. Part cinema-vérité, part essay, our film examines the mechanisms by which farmers are falling into a somber cycle of despair, debt and dispossession.

12:25 Interaction with Muthukrishnan (writer / activist), Dr.Anandhi (MIDS), Dhamayanthi (writer/filmmaker)

1:00 Lunch break

2:00 pm Words on Water (Dir: Sanjay Kak; 85 min; India)



For more than 15 years, people of the Narmada Valley in central India have resisted a series of massive dams on their river, and in their struggle have exposed the deceptive heart of India s development politics. When the use of violence has become the arbiter of all political debate, 'Words on Water' is about a sustained non-violent resistance, an almost joyous defiance, which empowers people as they struggle for their rights, yet saves them from the ultimate humiliation of violence.

3:25 Interaction with Muthukrishnan (writer / activist), R R Srinivasan (filmmaker / activist)

3:40 Lock and Key (Dir: Shilpi Gulati; 82 min; India)



Taala Te Kunjee, is a heart wrenching story of Five recovering addicts at The Hermitage Rehab, Amritsar, Punjab. This story beautifully captures the essence of recovery from addiction and how these recovered addicts along with their families are helping other sufferers recover from the rampant drug problem in the state. While they struggle to establish new relationships with their pasts, their wives strive to redefine the meaning of love. An intimate portrayal of recovery, 'Taala Te Kunjee' is about relationships and the labor of everyday.

5:00 Interaction

5:15 Hora (Dir: Nachi; 24 min; India)



HORA literally meaning a fortune teller in marati language. It’s a folk theater form used to tell fortunes. Vilas ghogre a reveloutionary poet metamorphosed the form to predict the political future of the world. Adapting that form in film’s narrative technique too we follow the life of Rupali jadhav who is an activist singer in Kabir Kala Manch a cultural-political troupe using songs as a means of protest and revolt.

5:40 Interaction with Nachi, filmmaker

6:00 Closing Ceremony 

Special Lecture on Social Justice : Imayam, writer

Felicitation by Prince Ennares Periyar, filmmaker/activist


Social Justice Film Festival 2022 : Screening Schedule

11th Social Justice Film Festival 2022 14-17 April, Periyar Thidal, Chennai  Jointly organised by MARUPAKKAM and Periyar Self Respect Media ...