A bit of the Earth, a bit of the sky
‘Thodi Si Zameen, Thoda Aasmaan’ is a peek into the world of street entrepreneurs, who lead their lives in the shadow of constant threat. The film takes a look at the problems faced by them in a sympathetic and quietly intimate manner. Phuphabhai is a tailor, who repairs clothes sitting under a tree, to provide a life of dignity to his family. While Mukeshbhai refurbishes sofas, struggling to keep his home (which is the road itself) fires burning. Both these individuals appear different yet share a similar tale of courage, and a persistence to survive.
2011 | 8 minutes
Concerning the arrival of natural products such as vegetables and live stock as well as human labour into a city from rural areas,this film explores the product-commodity exchange value relationship.Representing in itself a variety of exchange value, money as capital destroys the natural specificity of people and things.In the process, the labourer is reduced to a mere commodity.
1978 | 19 minutes
Barsaati- Our Share of the Sky
On a cold night, two men encounter their sleepless thoughts. Familiar fears kindle new words on their faces. The film witnesses them talking, between the noise living in buildings, and the silence of the sky.
2017 | 13 minutes
Bidesia in Bambai
Bidesia is Bhojpuri for ‘the one who leaves home’. One in four migrants in Mumbai is Bhojpuri, a people from the north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Bambai is their name for Mumbai/Bombay.
The Bidesia in Bambai, like most migrants in this ‘global city’, inhabit its precarious edges. Mobile phones bridge a tenuous connection between home and the city. Along with his meagre belongings though, the migrant brings with him a vibrant musical culture. This music is frequently sexually charged, at times religious, often lyrical and occasionally political.
The Bidesia is both the subject of, and the audience for this music. Bidesia in Bambai is a feature-length film that attempts to make the migrant visible, in a city that renders him illegal and unwanted, in and through the musical sphere that he inhabits. This is a story of music, migration and mobile phones.
2013 | 86 minutes
CityLights is a 2014 Indian drama film directed by Hansal Mehta that is a remake of the BAFTA nominated British film Metro Manila (2013). The film revolves around the life of Deepak Singh, a poor farmer from Rajasthan, who comes to Mumbai in search of a better life for his family.
Colours of Narol
Aajeevika Bureau and Drokpa Films
Set in Narol, a dense textile and industrial hub in the periphery of Ahmedabad, “Colors of Narol” is a moving montage of the arduous journeys undertaken by four migrant workers, as they move from their villages to find a foothold in the city, in a quest for livelihood and survival. It offers a glimpse into the hardships faced by these workers and the demands posed on their lives by an extractive industry, as they struggle for their well-being and dignity.
2019 | 7 minutes
Displacement and Resilience: women on the move
Afra Shafiq, Khedija Lemkecher, Erika Rae Cruz, Archana Kapoor, Chandita Mukherjee and Eva Anandi Brownstein
The 2018 IAWRT documentary is on the theme of the worldwide refugee crisis and rising intolerance and polarisation all over the world. Film makers from Philippines, Tunisia, Canada and India have come forward with stories about women refugees forced to flee from their countries and take shelter in unknown lands and internally displaced women who remain in their own countries, but whose lives are dislocated.
Harvest of Hunger
The film depicts the struggle of the landless and marginal farmers to beat hunger on a day-to-day basis.It has been pains takingly documented in the film that focuses on food security, distress migration and bonded labour. Villagers turn to labour contractors for loans and are packed off to brick kilns in Andhra Pradesh where they are subjected to one of the worst forms of exploitation. Those who are left behind fare no better as they battle hunger hopelessly and even sell children to put starvation at bay, but finally succumbing to it.
2013 | 62 minutes
Iftaar with Rohingya Refugees
There are around 14,000 registered Rohingya refugees in India. The Indian government has given Long Term Visas to 500 Rohingyas. But, India has made no official comment about the handling of the Rohingya crisis. The film documents their lived realities in their home away from home.
2017 | 5 minutes
From the mid-nineteenth century Indian labourers arrived in the Caribbean on boats, bringing a few belongings and their music – the beginnings of a remarkable cultural practice. More than 150 years later musician Remo Fernandes travels to the Islands to explore potential collaborations and create new work. Jahaji Music: India in the Caribbean is a record of a difficult, if unusual and complex, musical journey.
2007 | 112 minutes
My Migrant Soul
My Migrant Soul is about Shahjahan Babu, a young migrant worker from Bangladesh who left for Malaysia in search of work. having sold his only piece of property and virtually mortgaging his life the young man arrives in the host country to experience only disillusionment, misery and frustration. the film ends with tragic consequences for the protagonist of the film. the film highlights the plight of the migrant worker in these times, and uses the story of one person to illustrate those of countless others who have suffered at the hands of those who have stood to profit from bartering lives.
2010 | 34 minutes
The Dreaming Vendors
The Dreaming Vendors depict an extra ordinary horrific journey, human sufferings and the struggle for survival by people who only endeavored for a better life in the backdrop of lack of human security. It is a cruel story of human suffering caused by a mixture of cross –coastal human trafficking and economic migration.
2017 | 52 minutes
The name of a river
It is the story of Anusua, a Bangladeshi refugee who travels by the river Padma to reach Kolkata to start in order to start a new life in a new land- and yet at the same time it is a reminder of many of Ghatak’s central female characters who were burdened with the fragility of memory and the permanency of their refugee status.
2012 | 85 minutes
The Film gets into the lives of a single man, an artist couple, a music band and the filmmaker himself as they try to understand what home means in the continuous cycle of migration and flux.
2012 | 52 minutes