The Musalman

The ‘Musalman’ is probably the last handwritten newspaper in the world. It has been published and read every day in South India’s Chennai since 1927 in almost the same form. In the shadow of the Wallajah Mosque in Chennai, a team of six die hard workers still put out this hand-penned paper. Four of them are katibs — writers dedicated to the ancient art of Urdu calligraphy. It’s tough for the die-hard artists of Urdu calligraphy. But the story we tell here is not just of their desperation and despair. The fact is, at the office of ‘The Musalman’, the oldest Urdu daily in India, no one has ever quit. They work till they pass on. This is the story we tell.

Name : The Musalman – Preservation of a Dream
Published : Oct 15, 2012
Duration : 10:51

Black Pepper White Pepper

2014 was the centenary year of the First World War which broke out in Europe in 1914. This war with its enormous scale of loss of limb, life and money was restricted not only to the parent continent but also spread over Africa, the middle East, and Central and East Asia.
This documentary is a record of the story of Indian Army regiments who fought on behalf of the British across difficult terrains in various war zones across the world. In a series of heartrending letters written by the soldiers to their families back home, the film showcases stories of the excruciating battle conditions, the challenges and obstacles overcome by our brave soldiers, their spirit of unyielding determination and valour, their relationship with the other Allied Forces, and the distinction and honour with which they performed their duty towards their parent country.

Name : Black Pepper White Pepper
Published : Aug 11, 2016
Duration : 51:42

A Thin Red Ribbon

This film is about the Tabitha Children’s home, a home for orphans living with HIV/AIDS located in the Raphei valley, Mantripukhri, Imphal. The film captures the lives of the children at this home through the means of a film production workshop which our team had organized for them. Run by a Christian family along with nine volunteers, the home is a refuge for those orphaned, HIV positive children who do not have anyone to call as their own, and do not have anywhere else to go. Here under the loving care of the owner of the home and the other volunteers, the children are sheltered, protected, provided medical treatment and are prepared to meet a future which they can look forward to—a future without stigmatization, loneliness, or fear of failing.

Name : A Thin Red Ribbon
Published : Apr 1, 20117
Duration : 30:07

Womb on Rent

Womb for Rent follows the incredible journey of a surrogate mother from India. The story revolves around a protagonist Vimlesh, a housewife from one of the many slums of India’s National Capital region. A mother who has rented out her womb. She is placed against the context of commercialization and globalization. The film also takes an objective look at the somewhat incredulous phenomenon (and the immense commercial possibility) of ‘made-to-order’ babies – about the specifications on high demand like colour of eyes, hair, skin etc that would-be parents expect and how these demands are met/handled by the medics involved. India provides an interesting backdrop to tell this story – because surrogacy is not just legal but a big-business here.

Name : Womb on Rent
Published : Apr 8, 2017
Duration : 50:14

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