the past several years, through the
The Media Library: Our film collection currently numbers over 350 titles in English and Hindi. These include documentaries, feature films, and Shikshantar-made films. We have included a list of films with their available formats (DVD, VCD, and VHS). We also hold movie screenings cum discussion circles on a bi-weekly basis at Shikshantar. If you have missed a screening, you are welcome to schedule a time to see the film on your own. We can also procure new films as per your suggestions.
Community Screenings. We also invite people to organize film screenings for their organizations and/or in their communities. You can invite you who like, and Shikshantar members can provide the requested film and equipment (DVD player, projector, etc.) and can also help to co-facilitate discussions. Thus far screenings have been held at venues such as individual houses, community centers, schools, mandirs, or organization offices.
Special Film Festivals: We hosted a two-day film festival on “Reclaiming Our Creativity from the Readymade World” during the Holi Kala Mela in 2004. We have prepared a two-day film festival on “Interrogating Globalization” which is also available for screening. In November 2005, we are hoping to organize a larger film festival on “Rethinking Urban Living”. It will include film screenings, discussions, workshops, and other interactive opportunities.
Co-Learning Workshops. We also host 5-day, 8-day and 12-day workshops to strengthen our capacities to creatively and critically engage with the medium of film. These workshops are held both at the Shikshantar premises as well as at other venues around the city. Community members of all ages are welcome to participate.
Filmmaking workshops. During the workshops, you will have an opportunity to learn filmmaking basics, use a digital camcorder, make a storyboard, and create your own short films. These workshops are mostly done in small groups, so that people receive a lot of personalized attention and care in the learning process. From time to time, we invite professional filmmakers to come and share their experiences.
Critical Media Workshops. These workshops are available for bigger groups, in schools, organizations or neighborhoods. Critical Media Awareness involves an in-depth examination of mass media. We look at three major media – television, textbooks, and newspapers – and reflect on their messages, their sponsors, notions of ‘truth’ and ‘objectivity’, and their effects on us. There is also time to create various kinds of community media alternatives, including theatre, puppets, murals, and wallpapers.
Studio: We also want to make available our editing
studio and camera equipment. With these,
community members can produce their own short video films. Priority is given to
community members with limited monetary resources and to those whose videos
focus on personal stories, experiences in
We ask that individuals or organizations contribute a small membership fee to the center. This initiative is being set-up without any foreign or government project funding. The one year membership fee is Rs.100 for individuals and Rs.1000 for organizations. This enables us to maintain it, as well as to continually bring in new films and offer new programs.
We hope you will join the SHIKSHANTAR COMMUNITY VIDEO RESOURCE CENTER
___ Individual Membership
___ Organization Membership
What are your 3 most favorite films?
What relevant skills or experiences are you willing to share with other members?
What suggestions do you have for improving the community video resource center?
Participants must have completed a Shikshantar introductory video workshop or possess prior
video experience. Participants must also
complete the application below. The
commitment of the editing studio is to produce videos that address issues of
social justice and that provide a forum for diverse voices. Preference is given to community members who
are producing videos about peoples’ personal experience, about issues in
APPLICATION FOR USE OF EDITING STUDIO:
Contact Information (Address, Phone, Email):
Please briefly describe your film idea:
What led you to this topic? Why do you think it is an important? Share your story with us.
What resources do you already have? And what resources would you require (including equipment, prior experience with shooting and editing, team support, etc):