Sunday, April 1, 2018


Ambika Raja, who has just received the second NWMI Fellowship, has not allowed a debilitating accident that left her wheelchair-bound at a very young age to stand in the way of pursuing Journalism. 
According to a release Ambika's application served as an important reminder of the often-forgotten fact that while social identity is a critical aspect of diversity, there are other disadvantaged groups who need to be kept in mind while promoting better representation of different sections of society in the media as well as other fields of work.

The NWMI fellowship fund is unique in that it is raised through voluntary contributions from network members themselves, who share their own limited resources as an act of solidarity with fellow women journalists.

The fellowship was spontaneously launched last year after a young Adivasi journalist working in a remote, economically backward district of Odisha state, had to use multiple forms of transport (including a boat) to arrive in Hyderabad and attend the national network meeting there in November 2016.  Jayanti was the first recipient of the fellowship and continues to be associated with the network:  at the national network meeting in Chennai in January 2018, when participants heard more about her experiences and struggles, several of them pledged varying amounts of money to enable us to buy her a laptop - and she soon became the proud owner of one.
For more details contact Ammu Joseph at

Monday, March 26, 2018

Thai Film Festival at Films Division, Mumbai

The 1st South Asian Short Film Festival (SASFF) will be inaugurated on 30th March 2018 Friday 5.45PM at Nandan-III by the famous thespian Sri Bratya Basu, Minister-in-Charge, Deptt. of IT, Govt. of WB, who will preside over the function and handover the book titled "India's Film Society Movement: The Journey and Its Impact" by Sri V. K. Cherian to the acclaimed filmmaker Sm. Aparna Sen, who will grace the occasion as Chief Guest. Sri P. Sainath, Founder Director of People's Archive of Rural India and Sm. Debamitra Mitra, Director of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute will grace the occasion as the Guests of Honor. Sm. Mahuya Banerjee, CEO of Nandan will be present as the Special Guest. Sri Amitava Ghosh, General Secretary of the Federation of Film Societies of India will conduct the ceremony. 

A press note says that the SASFF is the biggest competitive short and documentary film festival of Eastern India being held for 11 days from 30th March to 9th April 2018 daily from 2PM to 8PM at Nandan-III showcasing 179 films from different countries of South Asia in four different categories. Cash awards and citations, judged by several jury boards with highly acclaimed jury members from all over the country, will be conferred to the winners during the closing ceremony on 9th April at Nandan-II. All are invited to attend the festival. There is no entry fee. Details of the festival with the final line-up and screening schedule are available in the official website

Friday, February 23, 2018

Lakeside Documentary Festival - An interesting concept of screening documentaries

Came across this release on a Documentary Festival. The concept is very innovative and its true that watching few and selected films at a forum like this can have more impact on the audience than forever being a rush to 'catch' as many as possible, but not able to retain anything.  Few days of pure watching amid a scenic landscape seems very attractive. Here is information about the festival...its from  a release  and i havn't seen anything myself. 
If someone attends it, you are most welcome to send feedback on it. 

Festival of International Documentaries – March 16 – 19, 2018

The Lakeside Doc Festival is a space for intensive viewing of benchmark international documentaries. Here, it is not just three or four documentaries as part of a market event or side-line screenings beside mainstream cinema, like it usually is in India. The festival focuses on serious, creative documentaries on wide-ranging themes of human interest, and does not emphasize on thematic or deliberate controversy-slanted films. The weightage is on films that reflect a high professional level of the art and craft of the documentary.

The setting is a non-metropolitan central Himalayan forest and lakeside. It is conducive to rumination and informal small-group discussions around the films. There are no parallel events, no commercial /market elements like awards and pitching.Guests just enjoy the sheer, unadulterated experience of viewing documentaries. The bonfire evenings with special guests is an informal but warm, intensive and cherished interaction.

The festival began in co-operation with DOK Leipzig of Germany in 2013. Over the years, the partnerships have extended to Film Festival Locarno-The Semaine (Switzerland), Cinema du Reel (France), Krakow Film Festival (Poland). Each year, over three days, about 12-14 short and long creative documentaries are screened, representing nearly as many countries.

The Lakeside Doc Festival is presented by formedia in association with and at The Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal, District Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. It is mainly supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, apart from some kind donations by individual patrons. Other supporters provide substantial indirect costs to cover the travel and stay of international film-makers or screening fees. They include Embassy of Switzerland, Alliance Francaise, Embassy of France, French Institut, Polish Institute. Together, all contributions make the festival a rich experience. 

It is expected that these co-operations will now also lead to a series of Documentary Appreciation Workshops targeted for general audiences and media / film students.

Friday, May 23, 2014

On Location shooting for 'EU in India' & UN Women film 'Women who Inspire'

 Ranjit Monga with Sulaiman Siddiqui at Junagadh, Gujarat

Ranjit Monga directing the shooting of film on Women's empowerment for European Union at Junagadh, Gujarat

Ranjit Monga directing shooting at Junagadh, Gujarat

Ranjit Monga with the legendry Bachendri Pal at Jamshedpur, for shooting of film on Women's empowerment for European Union

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Launch of Film 'Women who Inspire'

EU in India and UN Women conference on Gender Equality held on March 10

Ranjit Monga sharing his experiences on making the film on Women's empowerment 'Women who Inspire', for European Union, during the official release of the film on International Women's Day, 2013