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Schedule 20th February

20 Feb 2015 - Programme
08:55 - 09:07

SHOWCASE – Clean Toilets, Clean India by Rotary Club of Pondicherry

12:00 min
09:08 - 09:15

SHOWCASE – Road Trip To Hell

A Anti- drug addiction Film by Bodhini Directed by Shyamaprasad

7:00 min
09:16 - 09:24

SHOWCASE – Online Predators

A Film on Internet safety by Bodhini Directed by Shyamaprasad

8:00 min
09:27 - 09:30 Announcements  
     
Category - Film Makers (Competitive)
09:30 - 09:43 Left and Right - Chaitra Yadavar

Avani is a 9 year old curious and bubbly girl. One day her Grandfather explains to her that right hand is stronger and more capable than the left hand. Avani is not convinced and is confused about its implications. She takes it up as a challenge and proves her Grandfather wrong. With this simple story the film insists on 'Woman Empowerment'

12:20 min
09:44 - 9:54 Appunte Lokam (Appu's World)Roshni Rose

The film depicts the affection of a boy to nature as well as to the fellow beings.

10 min
9:55 - 10:13 Ambulance Alexander PJ

A story of woman travelling in an ambulance along with her husband's corpse.

18 min
10:14 - 10:32 Munnamidam (Third Space) Antony Sony

When a man and woman in love comes together for the first time what will be they talking about. MOONNAMIDAM explores those ten minutes of conversation between two strangers in love who meets for the first time in a room as the name indicates ,there is always a third space for every human being . A part from his routine life of profession and family, every person finds a resort on a private space which he allows no one to intrude .The story talks about life and feeling of a woman through intense love and romance. Though the film speaks about the conflict of the characteristics and traits of how both men and women treat love concludes on a statement where a woman discovers her greatest strength.

17:15 min
10:33 - 10:45 Rage S Ashish Balraj Sharma

The film is based on the topic of rage behaviour of youth on the road and the medical disorder which leads to it.

12:15 min
10:45 - 11:00 Tea Break  
11:00 - 11:30 INAUGURATION 30 min
11:31 - 11:52 Pradhanavarthakal Orikkal Koodi (The Headlines Once More) Unnikannan P V

This film depicts the emotions and frustrations of the middle class family life. The film tells us about the interference of media to a nuclear family and what happens to their relationship.

20:25 min
11:53 - 12:02 5 o' clock AccidentsRuchir Arun

The film 5 o'clock accidents is a story set in a typical nuclear family setup with two parents and an only child, Appu. As the film begins, we see Appu falling prey to a number of seemingly random accidents, each one at 5o'clock.

09:00 min
12:03 - 12:07 Chakravyuh (The Vicious Circle)Dhvani Desai

The film has been inspired from the filmmaker's own personal experiences to fight corruption through usage of Right to Information (RTI). It illustrates the petty struggles of four characters taken from true life stories. All unrelated with each other but surprisingly have the same solution.

03:30 min
12:08 - 12:20 Ek Tohfa (A Parting Gift)Gauri Warudi

Ek Tohfa is a short fiction film based on a short story by Vikram Karve. The film deals with the predicament of children of divorcing parents.

11:30 min
12:21 - 12:36 AaiAroop Dwivedi

Aai is a story of a single mother watching her child grow up and leave and it takes us through the mothers life as she experiences the loneliness at old age..a social issue which can even resonate with the first world countries.

14:15 min
12:37 - 12:53 Unfriend Lijin Jose

Unfriend tells the story of two kids Aravind and Aishu. It shows how they are victimized and lose the purity of their childhood despite being innocent and unaware of the vices surrounding them.

16:00 min
12:54 -13:30 Lunch (Bodhini Films last 15 min)  
13:30-14:15 Jury Interaction with Press and Audience  
     
Category - Documentaries
14:16 - 14:38 Hridayam Kondu Kanunnavar (Those who see with the Heart) - Santosh Kottukal

Documentry on Blind to encourage eye donation

22 min
14:39 - 15:09 Qissa E ParsiDivya Cowasji and Shilpi Gulati

The Film explores the history of the Parsi community, its relationship to the Indian state and association with the city of Mumbai. It strives to understand the Zoroastrian faith, the philosophy to live, laugh and love that is the backbone of the Parsi way of life and what makes it so endearingly unique and beloved. As the community is plagued with anxieties over its dwindling numbers, the Film looks at current debates on issues of inter-faith marriage. It is an attempt to understand a community that has always been numerically small, yet, culturally and socially formidable.

30 min
15:10 - 15:27 Hope Kaleidoscope Ann Kurian

The film revolves around the lives of HIV+ children who have dreams just like regular kids. For no fault of their own, they suffer from social stigma, rejection and the fear of impending death. Only a few people, who overcame their fear, genuinely care for them. This is the story of their journey.

16:10 min
15:28 - 15:57 My Sacred Glass BowlPriya Thuvassery

The very first is often accorded a larger than life proportion on many fronts; and so is a woman's sexual experience. 'My Sacred Glass Bowl' looks at the concept of virginity as it is perceived by contrasting communities, from the vantage point of the filmmaker, sandwiched between two mothers bringing up their daughters in contemporary times. Virginity is premarital chastity and within the power equations with regard to men, like the expected post marital chastity, fidelity. It thus forms the first part of a woman's life. The film is a document of how women made their sexual choices in the generation that just passed by.

28:30 min
15:58-16:10

Tea Break

 
16:11 - 16:41 Mardistan Harjant Gill

Through the experiences of four different men, ranging in age from 20s to 40s, Mardistan explores the notion of contemporary manhood in a rapidly globalising India. A middle-aged writer attempting to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed growing up in an elite military academy, a working class father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to have a son, a young college student searching for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, a middle-aged gay man deciding to come out to his wife after nearly 20 years of marriage, together make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today.

29:15 min
16:42 - 17:11 Jagriti ExpressSamina Mishra

15 days. 8000 kms. 450 young people. 1 train. A trainload of enthusiastic adventurers sets out on a journey across India in an attempt to understand India's diversity, its problems and the possible solutions. As they live on the train for 15 days, they encounter not just changing landscapes but also the diversity among themselves. Jagriti Express is a travelogue of India's youth - watch them learn to manage with limited space and resources, see them explore projects like Aravind Eye Hospital and Gram Vikas and listen as they soak up myriad ideas from innovators like Joe Madiath and R Elango. Will this journey of a lifetime make a difference to the India of the future?

29:00 min
Schedule 21st February

21 Feb 2015 – Programme
08:28 - 09:00

SHOWCASE – ICU by Anoop Sathyan

A unique experiment rides the waves of the Brahmaputra river in Assam, where a major innovative health campaign reaches some of the most marginalised and poorest communities in India who live on 100s of Islands, inaccessible and isolated. There are no roads here, but today, over a dozen boat clinics conceived and developed by the Centre for North East studies and Policy Research, and manned by doctors, nurses, labtechnicians and pharmacists reach more than a million people. In partnership with the National Rural Health Mission of Assam, in tough terrain, rough weather and choppy waters, the teams struggle to bring communities from margins of despair to embrace hope.

32:00 min
Category - Students
09:00 - 09:12 Ettukali (Spider)- Prince V Joy

Ettukaali {Humanity dies} is a social relevant short film. which also deals with certain contemporary issues of our present day society.

12:03 Min
09:13 - 09:39

Chaver - Abhilash Vijayan

Late 18th century. Southern part of Indian peninsula is divided into small countries fighting with each other. Two boys are trained in martial art for a suicidal mission to avenge their country by killing the enemy king in an open challenge. Things change when one of them starts asking questions.

26 min
09:40 - 10:00

Padmini My Love Munmun Dhalaria, Ruchi Sawardekar, Sriram Mohan, Silja Wurgler (TISS)

'Padmini My Love' emerges from a recently issued government order in Mumbai, which reduced the age limit of the iconic black-and-yellow Padmini taxis to a maximum of 20 years. What this means is that, in a few years from now, the charming-yet-robust Padmini taxi will have vanished from the streets of Mumbai, taking away with it the livelihoods of many who depend on it for their day-to-day survival. The film explores the various ways in which the government-imposed age limit affects the livelihoods of the taxi drivers on the one hand, and shatters a peripheral economy around the taxi, on the other. The four protagonists of the film - Ravindranath, Tareef, Ansari and AL Quadros - talk about issues of migrant labour, the status of taxi drivers and the importance of taxis in the city of Mumbai, through their own personal narratives, thereby offering a ringside view of the changing city and its invisible workers.

20:00 min
10:01 - 10:17 PosterAhsif Khan (Bangladesh)

An ordinary man, Amzad believes that the government is doing everything for its people until the day he falls in the trap. He learns about the drawbacks of capitalism as he loses his job.

15:30 min
10:18 - 10:37

Sparsham Anish Cherian (NID)

Film is an adoption of a book based on certain memorable episodes of an oncologist's professional life. Sumi, an 8 year old girl dreams of joining a famed centre for performing arts to learn music. As an act of fate she is diagonised with leukemia. In the hospital an inseparable bond between the girl and her oncologist is formed.

18:30 Min
10:38 - 10:50

MuzirisDeepak MM (Neo)

The film depicts the ancient trade town in Kerala named Muziris which was rediscovered by excavators.

12:10 Min
10:51 - 10:57

Shadows Behind the Light Aiswarya Raj

The Film revolves around Child Labour and the story ends when a street boy gets saved and enters the world of education.

06:00 Min
10:58 - 11:03

Nimisham (the Moment)Lijo Puthankulam (Amrita)

The story portrays the life of a father and daughter, and the problems faced by them because of diabetes. It reveals the helplessness of the father to protect his daughter from various issues in their life. And the daughter being a helping hand for him.

05:00 Min
11:03 - 11:15

Tea Break

 
     
Category - International
11:15 - 11:30

Os Meninos Do Rio Javier Macipe (Portugal)

In the riverside neighbourhood of Oporto, all the children prove their courage by jumping from the stunning bridge Luis I into the Duero river. Leo has never done it before. He is different but he is getting tired of everyone thinking he is a coward.

15:00 Min
11:31 - 11:38

Miedo Carlos De Aantonio (Spain)

There´s nothing more terrifying than be afraid in your own house, in your room, in a place where you have spent great part of your life but… what are you afraid of?

07:00 Min
11:39 - 12:06

Lala Y Lola Judith Hidalgo (Spain)

The young woman Lola is caught in the downward economical spiral of Madrid. While struggling with her personal crisis of apathy, her grandma Lala has a heavy stroke. In this movie with emotion and humor, Lola and Lala try to overcome the afasie of language and crisis.

27:00 Min
12:07 - 12:23

Don Miguel Kote Camacho

Eugenio heads axe in hand to Don Miguel's pharmacy, plethoric. Don Miguel only has to sign a few documents in order that the Bank will finally lend Eugenio the money he has asked for. But instead of signing them and making Eugenio's day, Don Miguel makes him a deal.

16:00 Min
12:24- 12:39

Not Anymore A Story of Revolution by Matthew VanDyke (USA)

A short film about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely shows why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war.

14:30 min
12:40 -13:58

The Man who Fed His Shadow Maria Garefo (Greece)

A man intrudes into rich peoples dinner claiming that he can collect the food from their table and feed his shadow which curiously enough is a female.

18:00 Min
13:59 - 13:15

She bought it in ZarautzAitor Arregi (Spain)

Often, when Miren goes to order her coffee, someone jumps the queue. But the day she realised that a blouse had been stolen from her shop she decides to put her foot down.

16:00 Min
13:16- 13:35

Ukde – Regret Mehmet Gülkanat (Turkey)

19:00 min
13:35 - 14:10

Lunch (Bodhini Films Last 15 m)

 
14:10 – 14:55 Interactive Function with Film Makers - Press Audience 45 min
     
Category 2 Min. Mini/ Ad Films
15:00 - 15:45

Stop This Blame Game GP1 Aditi Maddali, Atul Anand, Faebitha Rahiman, Jamminlian Vualnam, Vaseem Chaydhary (TISS)

 
 

Kaanike(The Gift) Devavratha Kalkura

'Kaanike', is a short film that brings out the feelings and psyche of child who witnesses domestic violence every day. The story depicts how an innocent and helpless child surprises his dad with a gift for his act of domestic violence against his mother.

 
 

Nicotab Gokul Muthian

Don't Burn your ambition with smoke.

 
 

Urban Nirvana Gnanendra Shamaiah

"Urban Nirvana", a short experimental film which has strong message to today's generation to slow down their fast life a bit and reflect within themselves to seek happiness. This is the Director's first attempt on timelapse videography.

 
 

Call 103 GP2 Kshitij Katiyar, Priyanka Pal, Reetika Revathy Subramaniam, Vaibhav Sorte, Eleanor Almeida. (TISS)

 
 

Kadamai Vijayanand M

A Mini film about elders gifting a clean India to the next generation.

 
 

Silent AbuseMohit Velani

This film is about child sex abuse with bad touches. Some times little girls can not oppose for bad touches because of the age difference or close relationship with the abuser. In 90 per cent of the cases, the abuser or the perpetrator is usually someone the child knows and trusts, A neighbor, close relative, family friend or teacher etc. Abusing starts with bad touches so our children should know the difference between good touch and bad touch.

 
 

Sparsh Samvedana Mohit Velani

This is an Ad film for NGO - Sparsh Samvedana which works to rehabilitate poor, orphan and disabled children. With the help of a touch (sparsh) of Samvedana, they grow themselves as an artist and leave their poor activities like begging and picking waste materiels etc. They make creative things, exhibit and sell them and get some money to live better life. One can donate also for these children to give them respectful divine life.

 
 

Rhythm of Religions Mohit Velani

In India, Ganesha Visarjan and Taziya are major festivals. Hindus and Muslims - both the community uses same lake one by one to sink their gods. At the end of both the festivals; all the statues dissolve in the mud of that lake in such a way that we can see all the gods at one place at a time. Some drum players play their drums in all the festivals. They play same rhythms with same drum in all the festivals. In this manner the music, the water and the earth create strong bonds between all the religions. This film is about the unity of all the religions. Rhythm has unity and unity is humanity. We all are just one.

 
 

Final Take off Mohit Velani

his film is about an orphan pigeon baby. It was so small when I got it so I decided to take all the responsibility for its growth. I helped that baby in the process of becoming a young pigeon. When it got tough wings I made it free. At last it took off the final flight and went for its free life. We should care orphans which exist around us; no matter they are humans, animals or little birds. We are a part of them and they are a part of us.

 
 

Staring GP3 Ananya Gaur, Dinesh Mahapatra, Keduokhrietuo Sachu, Nishajyoti Sharma and Shreya(Alia) Sinha. (TISS)

 
 

Bibhu Sharma's Story Bappaditya Roy

The film talks about a poignant depiction of today's urban loneliness, where most young working adults are moving away from the family circle, leaving behind their parents, to live their later years in depression and isolation. Bibhu Sharma is one such case, who in spite of spending a significant amount of his time in the upbringing of his children, dies in isolation as his children are settled abroad. The tragic fact is, no one in his neighborhood is even aware that he has passed away.

 
 

Each one teach one Samyo Ghoshal

"Each One Teach One" is an ad film describing that the greatest purpose and motivation of gathering knowledge is the joy of sharing it.

 
 

HridayaHema Chockalingam

PWe have 6 employees who started an NGO called Hridaya Foundation who work primarily with underpriviledged children. There's now a school run by volunteers.

 
 

That Morning Abbas Davoudi (Iran)

A young man tries to get forgiveness.

 
 

Azhai B.Karthik

This short film portrays the feelings of a disabled kid who is unable to play like a normal child.

 
 

Notion of danger GP5 Ankita Bhatkhande, Ashwin Nag, Disha KR, Elisha Walia and Firdaus Soni. (TISS)

 
 

Anokhee Maaz Kazmi

Energy levels quickly rise when Anokhee who is blind, suddenly decides that she wants to take a selfie and affirm to herself that she is every bit as normal and capable as teenagers her age. The entire family happily jumps onto this bandwagon, encouraging and guiding her.

 
 

I am the Transgender Nicola D'souza

I am the Transgender is a 2-minute film where Nepali transgender politician and human rights activist Bhumika Shrestha speaks about her identities. Despite police incarcerations, threats and detentions at airports, her message to the transphobic community is one of love and hope.

 
 

Sin Palabras (No Words) Kike Arroyo (Spain)

A bathroom, a woman, an image is worth a thousand words.

 
 

GiftS Dinesh Raj

Gift is a short ad film that talks about saving lives through a simple measure.

 
 

Gopi.. A smart FoolShiv Kumar

Gopi is a character, designed to convey social messages to our society in urban concern from his physical comedy. People think that GOPI is stupid, fool, and useless. But through his stupidity he always delivers right & meaningful messages to society.

 
15:46 - 16:03

SHOWCASE Jazmin JULIO DE LA FUENTE (Spain)

A Senegalese woman reaches Oviedo, to work in a house with the intention of saving money for the operation of a sick child's heart.

16:10 min
16:04 - 16:09

SHOWCASE No Tengo MiedoJOSE DIEGO SANTIAGO (Spain)

An ordinary day in the life of Rosario Salas, a woman who lives scared, for the behavior and treatment received from her husband.

04:20 min
16:10 - 16:30

Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hain TereySania Hashmi and Mohan Kumawat

The Film is an attempt to bring into focus the sexual harassment that women in a city like Delhi face on a daily basis. It looks at sexual harassment at public places through the eyes of four women who live and work in the city. The Film questions the strange manner in which our society perceives women who step out of their homes and in doing so, tries to understand where this attitude towards women comes from and what can be done to bring a change.

17:03 min
The Golden Halo Awards Winners - 2014

Film Makers Category:
First Prize : Kotti (Marbles) by Santhosh Peringath
Second Prize: Shubam by Jeen Gadhi

Documentary Category:
First Prize : Dr.Paws by Pooja Iyengar
Second Prize : A Dream Called America by Anoop Satyan
International Category:
First Prize: Mon Amoureaux (My Sweet Heart) by Daniel Metge (France)
Second Prize: Jacobo by David Del Aguila
Special Jury Mention : Minerita by Rahul De La Fluente (Spain)
Students Category:

First Prize: Badalte Nakshe by Nithila, Kanagasabai, Nithya Menon, Archana Sadar, Likokba Sangtam - Class of 2013, TISS
Second Prize: Boy's dont't wear nail polish by Siddharth Chauhan

Mini Film (2 Min Max) Category:
First Prize: Dust bin by Anoop Satyan
Second Prize: Celebrate inclusion by Balamurugan Muthian
Jury mention: Change your perspective by Amal Ravi
About SCRIPT 2015

The Rotary International (RI) has always been a world wide champion of causes that affect society at large. It is therefore only natural that Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis organise a Film Festival showcasing social causes. The Festivals held in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 were grand success stories. Inspired by this success and encouraging participation from Film Makers, enthusiasts, sponsors and well wishers we now present to you SCRIPT 2015.

Script 2015 will recognize and reward short films from across the world. These short films will deal with issues that are of global relevance. Script 2015 is an annual event organized by the Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis and is in to its fifth edition.

Such a film festival is being unique in India. It will create awareness among the general public about social issues and persuade them to join cause in combating them.

Who can participate

Almost anyone who has made or intends to make a short film on a socially relevant topic can participate. There are 5 categories:

Category 1: Film Makers
Category 2: International Films
Category 3: Students (Should produce certificate from College)
Category 4: Mini/ Ad Films with social message (Up to two minutes)
Category 5: Documentaries.

There will be separate competitions and recognitions for each category. In case of inadequate number of entries in any particular category, the Organisers reserve right to cancel that Category of competition with out notice. The films received may however be showcased if considered good by the Preliminary Jury.  

Suggested Topics for Films: The short films could be based on the following issues / topics / categories or other broadly similar concerns.

  • World peace.
  • Climate change.
  • Preserve Planet Earth
  • Environment.
  • Clean water.
  • International understanding and goodwill
  • Population issues
  • Urban concerns
  • Health and Hunger.
  • Senior Citizens.
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Children at risk
  • Child mortality.
  • Education and homeless children.
  • Disabled persons
  • Mental Health/ Humour
  • Students/ Youth Issues
  • Geriatric Issues.
  • Child Abuse
  • Violence against Women

 

Festival -Organizers

The Rotary District 3201 has 105 Rotary Clubs and membership strength of 3700 Rotarians. The Clubs are spread over part of the southern Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The larger cities in our RI District are Cochin and Coimbatore.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are non political, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

Community Service is an opportunity for every Rotarian to exemplify 'Service Above Self.' It is Rotary's commitment and social responsibility to improve the quality of life of the citizens of the world.

Host Club: Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis:
The Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis formed in 1989 has 57 members comprising prominent professionals and businesspersons of Cochin. The Rotary Cochin Metropolis meets every Friday.

Its members voluntarily donate to its various community service projects. Additionally all proceeds from its fund raising initiatives are fully utilized for its community service projects. These focus on upgrading community educational and medical facilities, assisting the physically disadvantaged, destitute women etc. Please read the THE CAUSE.

Jury 2014

    
Shyamaprasad
Shyamaprasad

Shyamaprasad the Head of the Jury, received the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1989 and did his Master in Film & Media Production at the Hull University, U K.

His features for TV and cinema have won him several national and state awards. Agnisakshi and Akale had been adjudged the Best regional cinema of the nation in 1998 and 2004. These films also bagged as much as 9 state awards in all major technical categories including the Best Director. He was awarded the Best Television Director prize for the year 1993, 1994, and 1996 consecutively.

His films had been showcased in several prestigious film festivals such as Karlovy Vary, Tokyo, Cairo, Rome, Brisbane, Benodet, Tehran, Frieburg, Stuttgart,Florence, Fukuoka

Ore Kadal had been honoured as the inaugural film of the Indian Panorama at the International film festival of India - 2007. The film was also awarded the Fipresci Prize and the NETPAC Award for the best feature at the IFFK-2008 and showcased at the 6th Asiatica Film Mediale held at Rome on the November 2007. The film went on to win the Audience prize –German Star at the Stuttgart festival of Bollywood & Beyond-2008
    
Anjali Monteiro Anjali Monteiro

Dr. Anjali Monteiro is Professor and Dean, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has a Masters degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Sociology. She is involved in documentary production, media teaching and research. Jointly with Dr. K.P. Jayasankar, she has made over 35 documentary films. Their work has been screened extensively at film festivals all over the world and they have won thirty national and international awards. Their most recent award is the Basil Wright Prize for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Edinburgh 2013. They have had 4 retrospectives of their films: Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala 2006, Bangalore Film Society 2010, Madurai International Film Festival 2012 and Parramasala, Sydney 2013.An adaptation of their film 'Saacha' (The Loom) is a part of the exhibition 'Project Space: Word. Sound. Power.' at the Tate Modern, London, between July and November 2013; The New Delhi edition of the exhibition is scheduled for Jan -Feb 2014.

Dr. Monteiro is a recipient of the Howard Thomas Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies, at the University of Western Sydney in 2000. She was a Fulbright visiting lecturer for 2006-07, at the University of California, Berkeley and a Erasmus Mundus fellow at Lund University in 2013. She is an ICCR Visiting Professor in Contemporary Indian Studies at the University of Technology Sydney in 2013. She has also been visiting faculty at several universities and institutions in India and overseas and a media consultant to NDDB, SDTT and UNDP. She is also actively involved in 'Vikalp' , a collective of documentary filmmakers campaigning for freedom of expression. She is also on the boards of several professional and voluntary organisations. Dr. Monteiro has several papers in the area of media and cultural studies and has contributed to scholarly journals such as Cultural Studies. Her areas of research interest include television audience reception, documentary film and censorship.
   
Sanjeev Sivan Sanjeev Sivan - Film-maker, Director, Storyteller

Youngest of a family of film-makers that includes his father and elder brothers Sangeeth and Santosh Sivan, Sanjeev quite literally has film-making in his blood. Sanjeev undertook a comprehensive 4 year course in direction at the very prestigious New York Film University.

He also holds an MBA degree from the same university. Sanjeev's Malayalam feature film, 'APARICHITHAN- THE STRANGER' - starring superstar Mammootty, was made on a budget of less than Rs. 1.25 crores, 'THE STRANGER' changed the face of the Kerela film industry with its never-seen-before technique and craft. Films like "GUBBAN MOOPAN'S DREAM" (Fukuoka International film festival, Japan) and "MANIKKAN" in Tamil (both produced by Films Division,I & B Ministry) have won rave reviews from critics and appreciation from viewers alike. Sanjeev now has three films in the pipeline, at different stages of production – ENDLESS SUMMER , 15 HOURS WITH MAMOOTY & KINGDOM with Fahad Fazil.

When Sanjeev is not making feature films, he makes documentaries and docu-features. His most recent film, UNDERGROUND INFERNO (National Geographic Channel), won the BEST DOCUMENTARY Award IIFF 2009 & the best documentary at the Greece International film festival. His latest documentary is AFTERLIFE. INSIDE LONDON OLYMPICS. He has a long list of completed international projects. To name a few recent ones; THE ARYAN SAGA ; SEX LIES & A BOOK ; KARAOKE COPS (Al Jazeera) ; LIFE AFTER DEATH (Asian Pitch) , DHARAVI – UNDERBELLY ECONOMY (Mediacorp) , SLUMGOD MATHEMATICIANS (Sundance Channel), IN THE SHADOWS OF TAJ(MEDIACORP), UNITED COLOURS OF BOLLYWOOD, FIGHT PRACY TODAY, LITTLE WOMEN( all for PSBT)ARUNIMA'S STORY, BOYS & GIRLS, THE DOLL STORY.

'JOHNNY' as producer won a national award and Kerela state award for Best Children's film. Sanjeev received the 'EMERGING MASTERS AWARD' at the Seattle Intl Film Festival. He's served as a jury member for the 57nth National film awards. He was also the jury member of the Indian Documentary Producers Association(IDPA) Film Awards, 2007. His latest feature is a co production with HBO titled "VENALODUNGATHE" (ENDLESS SUMMER) with Seema Biswas & Salim Kumar
   
Jayasankar K.P. Jayasankar

Dr. K.P. Jayasankar is Professor, and Chair, Centre for Critical Media Praxis at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has an M.A. in German studies and a Ph.D. in Humanities and Social Sciences, from IIT Mumbai and is involved in media production, teaching and research.

His films, jointly directed with Dr. Anjali Monteiro, have won thirty national and international awards. Their most recent award is the Basil Wright Prize for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Edinburgh 2013. They have had 4 retrospectives of their films: Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala 2006, Bangalore Film Society 2010, Madurai International Film Festival 2012 and Parramasala, Sydney 2013. An adaptation of their film 'Saacha' (The Loom) is a part of the exhibition 'Project Space: Word. Sound. Power.' at the Tate Modern, London, between July and November 2013; The New Delhi edition of the exhibition is scheduled for Jan -Feb 2014.

Dr. Jayasankar is an award winning cameraperson and editor and enjoys web and graphic design. He was a a DAAD visiting scholar at the University of Heidelberg in 1984, a Howard Thomas Memorial Fellow in Media Studies, at Goldsmith's College, London, in 1996, an Erasmus Mundus fellow at Lund University, Sweden and a Key Technology Partner Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney in 2013. He has also been visiting faculty to several Universities and institutions in India and abroad and a media consultant to IFAD, NDDB and UNDP. He has also served as jury to film festivals. He is actively involved in 'Vikalp', a collective of documentary filmmakers campaigning for freedom of expression. Dr. Jayasankar also has several papers in the area of media and cultural studies and has contributed to journals such as Cultural Studies. His areas of research interest include critical theory, documentary film and censorship.
   
Jose Dominic Jose Dominic

Jose Dominic is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and prior to CGH Earth, worked with M/S A.F. Ferguson & Co., Chartered Accountants, Mumbai. He is the Managing Director and CEO of CGH Earth (formerly Casino Group of Hotels). The group is known for pioneering new approaches in resort development for which he has received a Special Commendation Award from Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. He has served on several National and State advisory panels on tourism of the Government and industry bodies, member – Expert panel on Tourism of ASSOCHAM and CII. He has served as Hon. Secretary of FHRAI and Founder President of Kerala Travel Mart. He is the past President of TIE – Kerala Chapter and was the President of the Cochin Chamber of Commerce. He is the Chairman of CII, Kerala region and also a member of National Tourism Advisory Council.
   

 

 

The Cause

The Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis has for over a decade focused its Community Service activities on its adopted Government Primary Schools at Ponnurunni in Cochin and Puthoota near Cochin. These activities included:
  • Midday meal programmes and nutritional supplements.
  • School uniforms, footwear, school bags etc.
  • Annual pediatric medical camps and dental checkups with free medical assistance.
  • Infrastructural upgradation like bathroom facilities, computers, play equipment, furniture etc.

Ex Minister Mr Sharma
Salim, Community Service Director handing over cheque for Rs 12 Lakhs to Minister Mr Sharma for Education Project at Kothad Village.
Other community service projects taken up include assistance to the Government District Hospital Ernakulam, most noteworthy of which is the identification of beneficiaries, fitting camps and subsequent free distribution of orthotic and prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and other aids.

Our most ambitious project is the ongoing adoption of an entire village with 7000 residents: Kothad on the outskirts of Cochin. Due to its geography and relative isolation from the city, its population has a majority of low income, daily wage earners, with poor access to infrastructural, drinking water and sanitary facilities.

We made a modest beginning with an undertaking to provide afternoon meals at an existing "Pakalveedu" a daycare center for senior citizens of the locality. The more ambitious projects lined up include implementation of Waste Management, Women Empowerment, Youth Development and Educational Sponsorship programmes.

Degradable Waste - Portable Biogas Plants
In the programme a total of 100 beneficiaries will be identified in the target area for the installation of biogas plants in their houses.

Educational Sponsorship Programme
Educational Sponsorship has commenced for 50 underprivileged children studying in classes 4, 5 & 6. This sustained sponsorship will continue till the students finish their 12th class, i.e. for almost 8 years. Our support is broad based and includes Educational kits, Medical assistance, Community teaching, House visits, Counseling support and School visits programme through committed volunteers.

RAJAGIRI outREACH, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences has offered their organizational expertise and trained volunteers for the execution of the project. Together we are trying to identify suitable, profitable business models for selected women and employment training for selected youth from Kothad. The Rotary Club of Cochin Metropolis is committed to generating sufficient funds through fundraiser activities, to make this programme possible and to widen its reach in the years to come.

 
   
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