Society, Culture and Peace: Visual & Audio

Posted on April 27, 2014

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Resources for Society, Culture and Peace: Visual & Audio  (Inlcudes Presentations & Slideshows

  1. Samjho To: Samvidhan LIVE Dialogues - If you can't change your mind you are not using it. The film (by The Whistler Films) captures a powerful process that enabled diverse and polarised young people to bring dialogue out of the margins and use it to co-create a shared idea of India at a time when all mainstream narratives were deeply divided. From rooted personal point of views to multiple viewing points, the journey resulted in some massive shifts in perspectives of these young people. (checked on 6 Oct. 2020)

  2. The quest for meaning - an exploration (during pandemic times) by Aishani Khurana. (checked on 19 Oct. 2020)

  3. Recording of presentation 'Gandhi Lives! Perspectives on Satyagraha, Swaraj and Self-reliance' by Ashish Kothari made to Dept. of Social Work (Delhi University). Slide show used in the presentation. (checked on 15 Oct. 2020)

  4. His Holiness Pope Francis - Our moral imperative to act on climate change - and three steps we can take. (checked on 12 Oct. 2020)

  5. Lived Utopia - The women's Revolution in Rojava, Syria - a presentation made by Besime Conca of the Kurdish Women's Movement at the Kassel Univ conference in Sep. 2019 (checked on 16 Sep. 2019)

  6. Pat McCabeDeneh indigenous advocate & healer, on sacred activism. Pat is of the Deneh indigenous people in Turtle Island (USA), and describes her journey from a western academic career to become a global advocate of indigenous ways of knowing and being, of the balance between sacred feminity and sacred masculinity, and sacred activism. Conversation with Ashish Kothari and Shrishtee Bajpai at Tamera, Portugal, 18.8.2019. (checked on 17 Sep. 2019)

  7. Standing Rock still stands! Ladonna Brave Bull, native American Sioux, on indigenous movements. Ladonna Brave Bull, one of the earliest to protest the Dakota pipeline proposed through the Standing Rock indigenous territory, talks of the movement, how the occupation became a great place for people from different faiths from around the world to learn about each other, and how they also stand with similar movements elsewhere. Conversation with Ashish Kothari and Shrishtee Bajpai at Tamera, Portugal, on the sidelines of a 'Defend the Sacred' gathering, 18 August 2019. (checked on 17 Sep. 2019)

  8. Food sovereignty, social justice, and ecological sustainability - a presentation by Ashish Kothari of Kalpavriksh/ Vikalp Sangam/ Global Tapestry of Alternatives. From Food Diversity, thru Destruction of India's environment and on to the principles of transformation and creating localised, cyclical economies. (checked on 2 Mar. 2020)

  9. Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota native American, on intuitive intelligence. Tiokasin Ghosthorse, of the Cheyenne River Lakota indigenous people of Turtle Island (also called north America), speaks to Ashish Kothari and Shrishtee Bajpai about indigenous 'intuitive intelligence'. This, he says, is uploaded from the earth (and not as instructions received 'from above'!), and has enormous importance for resolving the multiple crises the planet faces, especially the alienation caused by 'western' worldviews. Conversation at Tamera, Portugal, on 17th August 2019. (checked on 17 Sep. 2019)

  10. Hindostan ki Kahani is an attempt to look at the very idea of India as an ever moving, ever changing, stream. The Story of India (checked on 11 Mar. 2019)

    Episode - 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARZixowDgws

    Ep. - 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHR2H9PMBUs

    Ep. - 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udKP9_PTWjk

    Ep. - 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldJjU3wLAOI

  11. Two, a word-free short film (1964) by Satyajit Ray - a poignant fable of modernity and ‘development’, which remains just as relevant today. (checked on 12 Aug. 2018)

  12. Documentary film I cannot give you my forest, directed and produced by filmmakers Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl. Filmed in the forests of Odisha, it is a window into the lives of the Kondh 'adivasis'. (checked on 15 Feb. 2019)

  13. A film seriesfeaturing women and gender action for climage justice, including one from Kerala - http://en.life-online.de/project/not-without-us/ The activities of Not Without Us highlight the importance and necessity of gender equality in international and national climate politics as well as within the climate justice movement and its discourses. It focuses on networking and capacity building of women and LGBTIQ* activists from Ecuador, South Africa, Indonesia, Fiji and India. (checked on 13 Jan. 2020)

  14. Cycle Yatra for Peace in Central India (Feb. 2019) was undertaken by over 300 youth displaced years ago from this region. Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies is working on Policy Support for rebuilding livelihoods for tribals of Bastar. (checked on 3 May 2019)

  15. Marudam Art & Craft Week 2017. Through a week each November, students of Marudam Farm School and other schools of the area come together to learn crafts, which this film depicts. (checked on 10 Jan. 2018)

  16. Kala ke Sang, the Art Within -  a film on the work of NEG-FIRE, the outcome of 8 art workshops for children, teachers and communities of Bhil and Baiga tribes in MP and Chhattisgarh in 2009-10. (checked on 25 Aug. 2017)

  17. Prof. Ganesh Devy's talk on Diversity of Languages, delivered as part of activities of Alternatives Forum Pune, in Feb. 2014. (checked on 6 Oct. 2015)

  18. Knowledge Swaraj and Responsible Research and Innovation - renegotiating the social contract between Science, Technology and Society by Professor Wiebe E. Bijker (Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) - distinguished lecture at the University of Hyderabad. (checked on 10 Oct. 2017)

  19. Forest Rights Act and Conservation in Korchi, produced by Kalpavriksh. Since receiving Community Forest Resource Rights (CFRs) under the Forest Rights Act and the implementation of Maharashtra Rules under the Panchayat (Extension) to Scheduled Areas Act (PESA), villagers of Korchi taluka (Gadchiroli District, Maharashtra) have revived a sense of belonging and connection to the forest leading to processes towards gram sabha empowerment, strengthening local livelihoods based on collection and sale of non timber forest produce such as tendu leaves and bamboo, and management and conservation of forests. (checked on 5 Dec. 2019)

  20. Indigenous Community Video Collective - NE India- Very powerful films to understand swaraj more deeply. (checked on 24 Nov. 2015)

  21. Sustainable Consumption and Radical Ecological Democracy (presentation by Ashish Kothari to students of Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, 19 Jan 2017) (checked on 27 Jan. 2017)

  22. Conversation - Ashish Kothari with Shoma Chaudhury at Algebra, The Arts & Ideas Club, Bangalore. “We’ve Conflated Happiness With The Idea Of Development. I Want Development That Gives Power Back To The Citizen” (checked on 23 Nov. 2018)

  23. Choreographer Crystal Pite created Flight Pattern for the Royal Ballet, UK. Here she speaks about its creation and the issues of refugees, borders ... (checked on 13 Apr. 2017)

  24. 8 must-watch films to understand India’s indigenous people, by Preeti Prakash. These 8 films are the best way to learn about the lives of the 105 million tribal people, belonging to 31 different tribes, that are in India. (checked on 1 Nov. 2017)

  25. Overview - Alternative Futures: India - A dialogue held on February 23-25th 2016 in Delhi as a pre-publication event for a forthcoming book on the subject, organised by Kalpavriksh, Centre for Study of Developing Societies, and SOPPECOM. Alternative India Futures - 25 video clips, covering presentations and discussions in a dialogue of India's future, put together by John D'Souza (based on footage taken by Sanjeev Aggarwal). These cover a wide range of topics including health, food, environment, crafts, arts, media, human rights, law, media, knowledge, rural and urban revitalisation, democracy and power, political ideologies, religious minorities, dalits, pastoralists, transportation, industry, and markets. (checked on 14 June 2017)

  26. Tsewang Namgail (SLC-IT) on homestays & ecotourism in Ladakh. Ladakh, adjoining Tibet in India, faces mass tourism problems. Tsewang Namgail of Snow Leopard Conservancy - India Trust talks about their community-based homestay programme, and the relevance of its ecological and cultural sensitivity for the region. Villagers benefit, wildlife benefits, visitors get a meaningful experience. Interview in Saspotse village of Ladakh, by Ashish Kothari, 25.3.2019. (checked on 14 Aug. 2019)

  27. Sherab Dolma, Saspotse, Ladakh, on homestays and conservation. Sherab Dolma, a resident of Saspotse village, Ladakh in the Indian trans-himalaya, runs a homestay (one of several in the village). She describes how this benefits villagers, wildlife, and tourists, unlike the destructive mass tourism that has engulfed Ladakh. Translation by Tsewang Namgail of Snow Leopard Conservancy - India Trust, that has facilitated the homestay programme (pl. have patience, the first translation comes a bit late). Interview by Ashish Kothari, 25.3.2019 (checked on 14 Aug. 2019)

  28. Films for Action has prepared a list of the very best 100 social change documentaries - hand-picked for their quality, insight and potential to inspire positive change.  All of the films have been selected because they are either free to watch online, or can be rented online. (checked on 21 Mar. 2017)

  29. Manari Ushugua, Sapara indigenous leader: dreamworlds & indigenous struggles in Amazon (Ecuador) interview by Ashish Kothari. The Sapara are an indigenous nation in the Ecuadorian Amazon, trying to make their ways of knowing and being known to the world. Manari Ushugua, a Sapara shaman, explains how they are guided by dreams, how spirits are omnipresent in the forest, how they are resisting oil and mining, and what alternatives they are setting up. In conversation with Ashish Kothari at Naku ecocamp in the Amazon; interpretation by Estefania Paez, coordinator of the Sapara Naku ecotourism project. (checked on 17 Sep. 2019)

  30. Videos from Economics of Happiness conference, Florence, 2 Oct. 2016. (checked on 17 Nov. 2016)

  31. Our Shared Cultural Heritage Video Lecture series, produced by Anhad. Cultures, civilizations grow and develop because they constantly take from each other. Civilizations borrow from others and give to others. And it is in this process of give and take that each civilization, each country, each nation constantly reinvents itself.
    "Architecture" 
    Romi Khosla.
    . "Cinema" Javed Akhtar
    . "History as Heritage" Romila Thapar
    "Music" Shubha Mudgal & Aneesh Pradhan
     (checked on 14 Feb. 2018) 

  32. Ram Ram Udaipur documentaries in the local language - Episodes 1, 2 and 3. This is a monthly tv series developed by youth, kishan prajapat and karan singh. its purpose being to inspire people for swaraj and localization. (checked on 10 Jul. 2015)

  33. Barefoot skateboarders of India - A sport which has long been identified with urban neighbourhoods across the world, is being used in Janwar village in Bundelkhand (Madhya Pradesh) as a trigger for social change. Ulrike Reinhard - a German national - established a skate park here in February 2015, with the help of a few Indian and international skateboarding organisations. (checked on 20 Sep. 2017) Read their story How Skateboarding brings social change in Madhya Pradesh village.

  34. सेन्द्रीय शेती करणारे रामभाऊ महाजन यांची विपुल शहा यांनी घेतलेली मुलाखत. Rambhau Mahajan is an unassuming, simple, self-reliant organic farmer. Having left school after Grade 7, he proudly shares his journey as a swaraj practitioner. His smile and content face is a testimony to a life well-lived. Here is his interview (in Marathi, with English subtitles) at Sevagram Ashram, Wardha, by Vipul Shah. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  35. Using musical instruments made from trashed stuff including oil cans and containers for chemical products, children from deprived families were transformed into performers of the unique Landfill Harmonic of Paraguay, South America, by the director, Luis Szarán, who always knew of the power of music as an element of social transformation. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  36. 8 must-watch films to understand India’s indigenous people is a selection of award winning films made by Independent film-makers on indigenous communities in India covering a range of subjects from the need to preserve their traditional forms of knowledge, to the threat to livelihoods, the environment, and their uneasy relationship with development. The films bring us closer to people who are at the margins of our consciousness. (Checked on 12 Aug. 2015)

  37. Documentation of the Proceedings at the Vikalp Sangam gathering, at Timbaktu, by Centre for Education and Documentation. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  38. Beyond the Maggi ...  At Vikalp Sangam 2 which was held in Madurai, a discussion on Food options explored the foll. questions: Can we take charge of our Health? What is good for our bodies is also good for our planet says Santhi of Bhoomi... and good for our pockets too. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  39. Abhivyakti Media for Development offers training courses in order to use media effectively for social development and change. Abhivyakti also has a large collection of books, films, posters, documentaries, slide shows dealing with various subjects like gender, environment, children, human rights, etc. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  40. UnLtd Tamil Nadu SEARCH, SELECT and SUPPORT exceptional individuals who are committed to solve some of india's biggest challenges using their passion and entrepreneurial skills. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  41. Re-using Construction Rubble - Low cost alternative building materials, by Prof. K. Ramasubramanian of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Mumbai. (checked on 3 Aug. 2015)

  42. Between Earth and Sky: Trees as Silent Teachers in Strident Times - A talk by Nalini Nadkarni about what trees do for us, and what they could mean to us. (checked on 24 Dec. 2015)

  43. The Unknown Roads: Akram Feroze at TEDx Master Canteen Square - The Cycle Natak, an story of a young man travelling across India on a cycle learning life and performing theatre on various social issues in villages. (checked on 28 Jan. 2016)

  44. Awakin Pune by Nipun Mehta (founder of ServiceSpace), a part of Spirited Circle, where he talks about the small, the subtle and the humble. (checked on 16 Feb. 2016)

  45. Slidehow put together by Ashish Kothari showing how our lifestyles are trashing the earth and what kinds of alternatives are being initiated.

  46. Designing For Generosity: A talk by Nipun Mehta, founder of ServiceSpace an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. (checked on 11 Mar. 2016)

  47. Carrying the Earth 2016: Conservation Art on cloth bags. (checked on 21 Jun. 2016)

  48. Blessed Unrest and WiserEarth, talk by Paul Hawken, and environmentalist who has spent over a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice; from billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot.causes ... It is a description of humanity’s collective genius, and the unstoppable movement to reimagine our relationship to the environment and one another. (checked on 17 Feb. 2016)

  49. 'A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity',  a documentary film by Samuel, follows a small community for a year as they explore radical simplicity, permaculture, alternative technologies, tiny houses, natural building, and community living. (checked on 13 Jun. 2016)

  50. The Way Finders: Why ancient wisdom matters in modern world - by Wade Davis - expresses the loss of languages (or loss of ethnosphere). (checked on 11 Sep. 2017)

  51. An open world begins with an open mind - an exploration of the question 'Who I really am' (checked on 30 Apr. 2019)

  52. Varasa (in Marathi, with English subtitles) is a documentary film showing glimpses of traditional environmental wisdom across Maharashtra. It depicts the lifestyle of tribal and rural communities which wisely utilize natural resources around them to lead a happy and healthy life. A project by Ketaki Ghate. वारसा - निसर्गाधारित पारंपरिक ज्ञानाचे संकलन महाराष्ट्र शासन पर्यावरण विभाग अनुदानित प्रकल्पांतर्गत, गेली दोन वर्षं महाराष्ट्रातल्या विविध ठिकाणी प्रत्यक्ष भेटी देऊन ही माहिती संकलित केली आह. या निसर्गाधारित पारंपरिक ज्ञानाची झलक दाखवणारा छोटासा माहितीपट. प्रकल्प निर्मिती- केतकी घाटे. (checked on 30 Apr. 2019)

  53. Transhumncia: "Andando y sembrando" un futuro sostenible (in Spanish with English subtitles) by Asociacion Trashumancia y Naturaleza is a video about pastoralism in Spain  that summarizes all arguments in favour of pastoralism - seed dispersion for retaining biodiversity, livelihoods, soil conservation, dairy, and so on, and the place it has in Spanish history and culture. (checked on 20 Oct. 2020)






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