productions

pedestrian pictures productions list includes films, documentaries, leaflets, reports… what started in 2003 hasn’t stopped till date.

Our major productions are:

The battle of Bhima Koregaon

Marathi with english subtitle/2017/49min

Directed by Somnath Wagmare

History speaks about great wars fought, brave warriors and clever kings and emperors. What history doesn’t do is justice to the wars, warriors and leaders of the oppressed.
This documentary is about the 500 Mahar soldiers (the untouchables) who offered to fight alongside their countrymen, against the colonisers. Rejected by the ruling class they joined forces with the colonisers and fought in the ‘Bhima Koregaon Battle’ defeating the Brahminical rule of the Peshwas. Just as history did, so the media and ruling class today conveniently forget to acknowledge them.
On January 1st, every year, 20 lakh (2 million) people gather at Bhima-Koregaon, Pune, Maharshtra to commemorate that battle. No national or local media covers the largest annual gathering in the region.
The documentary captures the history of Bhima Koregaon, Pune, India and its relevance to contemporary Dalit issues and politics in the country. It tells the history of the Bahujans through the coverage of the events of this gathering.

An open ended script

English /2016/43 min

Directed by Pradeep K P( Deepu)

This film explores the idea behind theatre of the oppressed conceptualized by Augusto Boal and it’s influence and continued practice in india

What Story are we looking for

Marathi, Hindi with english subtitles/2015/41 min

What story are we looking for? is yet another tale of the lives of the people who have lost their homes to frenzied re development and  gentrification that is changing the landscape of our cities. Is this just a story of pain and hardship of the people or is it a story of a vision being demolished? The documentary also brings to the foreground a history and a utopia that now lies fragmented amidst the ruins of these houses

Rice bowl to Ashtray

Hindi, Chattisgarhi with English subtitles/2014/ 61mnts

Directed by Sunil Kumar

Since its formation Chhattisgarh has become the new destination of domestic and foreign investment. The documentary critically investigates the impact of unbridled industrialization, privatization of water and acquisition of agricultural land on the life and livelihood of rural population. It’s based in Janjgir-Champa and Korba districts of Chhattisgarh. While Korba has already sacrificed its land, water, crop and fresh air to become the hub of the thermal power projection, Janjgir-Champa, ‘Rice bowl of Chhattisgarh’, wait for its turn. For the rural poor, alienation from land and livelihood and unjust compensation has turned their dream of development into a long nightmare.

The Red Data Book-An appendix

Malayalam with English subtitles /2014/ 68 Mnts

Directed by Sreemith M and Pradeep K P

The film is a layered examination of the factors, both contemporary and historical, that have led the Adivasi (tribal) communities of Attappady (Kerala, South India) to the verge of extinction.

The film focuses on the phenomenon of rising infant mortality to probe the entire range of underlying factors. Is it mainly due to malnutrition, as the State claims? Is it their exclusion from the fruits of so-called development? Is it their refusal to ‘modernise’? Or is it our inability to comprehend and preserve their centuries-old harmonious way of life? Have our prescriptive interventions helped? Or have they caused great harm?

The film attempts to understand the gamut of ‘alienations’ responsible – social, cultural, economic and political while gently posing the core question: Is it they who are alienated from the onward march of progress or is it us who are alienated, blinded by the discourse of modernity?

http://thereddatabook.wordpress.com/

Rainbows are real

English subtitles/ 2014/ 51min

A movie based on Transgenders, the ‘in-betweens’ that are shunned by society, unaccepted and forced to make ends meet through sex work. The film, revolves around the lives of three transgenders, their work, their difficulties, their childhood, their relationships, their hobbies, their normality. The film captures small to larger than life movements in their lives, giving us a peak into their world. This is not only a story of the dark and difficult life of the transgenders, but also of their beautiful journeys filled with psychedelic and vibrant colours of the ‘vibgyor’ that will engross us and captivate us till we are all hit by one question, how can such beautiful, flamboyant people be denied basic human rights and be victims of todays democracy?

At the Crossroads 

Oriya (with English Sub titles)/2013/90 mins

Directed by Debaranjan Saarangi

The Nehruvian era made ordinary people – mostly adivasis and dalits – lose their lands, forests and streams in the name of ‘national development’. That development never reached them. Not only they remained as deprived of basic health care and education as ever, but also of even safe drinking water though surrounded by reservoirs and dams. While this state injustice continued unabated, the post-liberalization era made these very people ‘anti-national’, ‘anti-development’ and ‘Maoists/Naxalites’, when they resisted corporate land grab for mining and industrialization. This branding became and continues to be an easy license to kill them with impunity. Southern Odisha is witness to this war between the hapless people and the neoliberal development paradigm. It led to CPI (Maoist) consolidating its presence in this area in the recent past. The film AT THE CROSSROADS tries to explore the predicament, the dilemma and the confusion of the local people, especially, of adivasis and dalits in this war zone.

Get up stand up

Tamil,malayalam with English subtitles/2012/34 mnts

Camera and direction:Sreemith

The first Inter-Governmental Agreement for setting up two 1000MW light water reactors was signed between India and the erstwhile USSR in 1988. In spite of people’s opposition to the project since then the authorities were careful not to publicise the Environmental Impact Assessment Report, and the Site Evaluation Study and Safety Analysis Report.

In a radius of 2 to 5 km declared as sterilization zone, there are 15989 local residents .More than 1 million people live within a 30 km radius. The Plant’s coolant water and low-grade waste can kill fish and fish eggs as other Power Plants are doing already.

The Atomic Energy Regulation Board has said, that there should be no tourism sitewithin a radius of 20 km from the plant when Kudankulam is only 14 kms from  Kanyakumari and only 60 kms by air from Thiruvananthapuram. An accident at Kudankulam will be unmanageable because of the high density of population. The functioning of this Nuclear Power Plant will destabilise the livelihood of the people living in the vicinity, pollute the environment in an unimaginable magnitude; and in case of an accident, the fallout will be beyond boundaries and uncountable!  This protest is for those trying to make a living now and for posterity, as a Nuclear Plant anywhere is like having a Nuclear Plant everywhere…

This film tries to raise some questions on Safety,development,Energy etc….

http://getupstandupfilm.blogspot.in/

Water Mark

Tamil with English subtitles /2013/ 30 Mnts

camera and Direction:Sreemith

Kachchateev is a small island in Palk Strait. It lies 25 kms off Rameswaram in India, and almost 75 kms. towards Jaffna in Sri Lanka.The fate of the fisher community was being cruelly decided by borders demarcated in water, which never really cared for the fisher people’s livelihood and happiness.

Like we have check posts at our borders on land, which has a mechanism for catching any suspicious person/s or vehicle that tries to cross over illegally, why is this lacking in our water borders; why this indiscriminate killing of the fisher folk trying to make a living the hard way fighting against all odds??Nearly 1500 fishermen were killed by the Srilankan Navy till the civil war in Sri- Lanka came to an end.

http://watermarkfilm.blogspot.in/

Song of the coastal lilies (Neythalin Paadal)

Music video

Tamil with english subtitles /2012 /7 mnts

Camera and Direction: sreemith

The functioning of this Nuclear Power Plant will destabilise the livelihood of the people living in the vicinity, pollute the environment in an unimaginable magnitude; and in case of an accident, the fallout will be beyond boundaries and uncountable! This protest is for those trying to make a living now and for posterity, as a Nuclear Plant anywhere is like having a Nuclear Plant everywhere…

Filling the blanks

Malayalam with English subtitles /2010/45 mnts

camera and Direction:Sreemith

Filling the Blanks is a 45 minute documentary unfurling in three chapters showcasing the lives of different women – Chitralekha, Elizabeth, Jamila, Teresa, Lissy and others, whoare trying to live differently. Certain schemes of the government, for example the PMRY,and some non-governmental initiatives, have encouraged women to take that different step in their life, but living differently isn’t easy. Women living together with their children and no male live-in support are also considered a threat to the moral psyche/fabric of society. The travails of one such familyis also brought forth in Filling the Blanks.

A microcosm of these daring and different means of livelihood fraught with humiliation,contempt, and survival strategies are the major thrusts of Filling the Blanks.

Rental arrears

malayalam with english subtitles /2009 /28 mnts

Direction:Sreemith

There is no rehabilitation law which exists in India. The Policy has not come to a final shape. So, your home will also be broken down at any time. Rental Arrears is an unconditional documentation of actuality than facts and figures. Nearly 300 families were evicted for Vallarpadom container transhipment project. Out of which ten families are still struggling for justice. There will be always a conflict between the developmental policies initiated by the State and the commom man’s sense of security. The name Pattabakki(Rental Arrears) is inspired from a famous Malayalam play staged by the communist theatre groups in kerala, which portrays the class conflicts. Pattabakki (Rental Arrears) is a call to remember the history.

The Conflict’

– Whose Loss Whose Gain-

Oriya (with English Sub titles)/2009/90 mins

Directed by Debaranjan Saarangi

Adivasi communities in India are feeling more and more alienated everyday from their life and from their own culture in their own land. They are caught up between today’s corporate globalisation and communalism. This film is on how one tribal community of eastern India (South Orissa), mainly Kandha, is up against this dual onslaught.

Anti-Christian communal violence started in tribal dominated district of Kandhamal just after the killing of rightwing leader Swamy Laxmananda. Government of Orissa admits: 38 dead, 3 missing, 415 villages affected, 3,226 houses destroyed, 195 church and prayer houses damaged, 25,122 people were in Govt -run relief camps. Nobody knows how many thousands fled to other districts of Orissa and other parts of India. But how it happened in a tribal area?

In Kashipur, Utkal Alumina International Limited, earlier a joint venture of four MNCs, came to the Kashipur block of Southern Orissa in 1993 to mine bauxite and to set up alumina plant. This was after India embarked on economic reforms, inviting more MNCs into the mining sector. Due to people’s resistance, all big companies have left except for Aditya Birla (India), who adopted fraudulent means and is determined to proceed. And how it succeeds?

Are adivasis being turned into sacrificial goats by the corporate globalisation due to lack of ‘development’? Are adivasis being turned into the same by Hindutwa forces because of the ‘confusion’ created much earlier within themselves?

This film explores the conflict within and outside of the community in context of both communalism and globalisation.

The Holywives

Kannada,Telugu,Hindi with English subtitles/2009/72minutes

Directed by Ritesh Sharma

“We dont tell anybody about us.

We dont explain our story to any other people.

And nobody listens to us. Nobody is interested in us.”

(Yellamma – 50 yrs old Devadasi)

Ancient traditions in the South of India that young girls are dedicated and wed to a God or a Goddess and have to live a life of service to the deities. However the tradition has undergone a number of changes resulting to a situation where today the dedicated girls are forced into sexwork in the name of god or caste. Further more, the are not ‘forced’ by a trafficker, a brotherl madam, or a drug dealer. They are dedicated to the tradition by their own parents or exteneded family mambers and perform their services primarily from their native homes.

This film brings out the lives of three different communities in Karnataka, Andra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh who have been victimized in the name of caste based sexual exploitation through the stories of their life, struggle and their dreams of dignified life for their children.

From Hindu To Hindutva

Oriya (with English Sub titles)/2009/45 mins

Directed by Debaranjan Saarangi

                    

Anti-Christian communal violence of 2008 has been the most ghastly communal violence in the Adivasi areas in India. Close to two years after the violence the tragedy of the area continues, the victims of violence, the rehabilitation, the justice to victims, most of these are no where close to what they should be.

The film maker Debaranjan Sarangi, a social activist and writer has effectively caught the Kandhamal carnage in his short but comprehensive film with great amount of sensitivity and objectivity. He presents the whole event with the help of field interviews, the shots of burning of houses and churches and the pathetic condition of the refugee camps. His subtitling and comments not only make the theme more understandable to non-Oriya audience but also connect up different aspects of the material presented by him. The commentary in the form of text is very coherent making the film a powerful analysis of the events of Orrisa. The director weaves the picture with great precision without intruding into the flow of events as told by the perpetrators of the crime and the victims of the same.

In just land

Hindi with English subtitles/2006/17 mins

Directed by Revathy Radhakrishnan

A film on the relief and rehabilitation issues faced by the Narmada adivasis long after they lost the battle in the Supreme Court. It also chronicles Medha Patkar’s 20 day hunger fast in Delhi in April 2006.

The hands that protect health

Kannada/2006

A film that takes a closer look at the contract powrakarmikas or cleaners employed by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) and the health issues that they face as they themselves contribute to a cleaner, safer Bangalore.

Gomukhada hinde (Behind the face of the cow)

Kannada/2006/76 mins

Mangalore and the coastal belt of Karnataka has seen an onslaught of communalization efforts by the Sangh Parivar. These efforts taking place in the name of protecting the cow, as an animal sacred to the Hindus, reached a high in October 2006. The riots that racked Mangalore and surrounding areas left 2 Muslims dead, several injured with accompanying loss of property. The film takes a closer look at the Sangh Parivar’s efforts to use the cow as a ploy to create communal tensions.

Outside Mercy

Tamil with English subtitles/2005/27 minutes

Directed by Uvaraj M, Revathy Radhakrishnan and Clifton D rozario

A film that deals with caste discrimination issues that take centrestage as relief efforts pour in following the Tsunami disaster. The tsunami that hit the shores of Tamil Nadu and other Indian states in December 2004 ravaged the lives and homes of many, the caste system meanwhile ensured that Dalits who lost everything remained outside the mercy net – long after the tsunami had subisded.

Sutturu sollapadavaru (Burnt Not Defeated)

Kannada with English subtitles/2004/46 minutes

Directed by Sanjan C B AND Usha B N

Women across Karnataka are increasingly being subjected to heinous acid attacks. Locating these attacks as newer forms of gender violence, this film takes a closer at the pain and the permanent damages that these attacks cause and the struggles that the women undergo while fighting with the State and society for justice. A campaign film produced along with Campaign and Struggle For Acid Attacks on Women (CSAAAW).

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=consense&p=r

 

Girigididha grahana (The Eclipsed Hill)

Kannada/2003/60 mins

Directed by Vijay Kumar

The film details the controversy generated by the Sangh Parivar around a sufi shrine in Bababudangiri, Chikmaglur in Karnataka. Bababudangiri is home to the Baba Budan Dargah and the Datta peetha. The Sangh Parivar however refers to it as the ‘Ayodhya of the South’ – demanding that the Dargah be demolished and a temple to Dattatreya Swami be built at the same spot. A strong opposition has risen through the years through anti-communal movement headed by the Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum.

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=consense&p=r

 

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Under Production

– a film that takes a deeper look at the farmers’ suicides that have signalled the agrarian crisis in Karnataka.

– a film chronicling Dalit politics and caste-based violence that has taken place across Karnataka

 

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