The Pravah-PSBT Documentary Film Festival


A documentary film festival was held from 26th of March to 31st March 2012 at the Youth Resource Centre, North Campus showcasing ten select documentaries.

And there is another kind of cinema, which says that change is possible and necessary and it’s up to you…”

At Pravah, we believe in a change for the better, not just for us but for others as well and this is where we go from ‘Me to We’. Pravah, in collaboration with PSBT, decided to reach out to the college youth through the medium of films on varied topics including communalism, Kashmir, identity, the judicial system and gender bias.

The festival kicked off with films on ‘gender and sexuality’ on the first day in which three movies were screened. A good number of interested students attended the festival and rich discussions followed. The issue of sexual harassment was discussed at length, how media and politics target couples in public places, what women and men feel about sexuality, the much hyped stereotyped ’36-24-36’ perfect figure that causes anxiety among women and the society’s reaction to transvestites and homosexuality.  The films were an eye opener for the audience and carried a strong message of being an active citizen, resonating Pravah’s core value.

On 29 March, for the screening of ‘Brokering news’, Nisha Susan, ex- features editor at TEHELKA was invited to facilitate the discussion. That day proved to be the highlight of the entire festival. The audience reacted very strongly to the film and their comments expressed their feelings of shock and disbelief towards all goes behind the camera in reality and how the reel is a much-filtered version passed off to the audience in the form of news.

‘All rise for your Honour’ – a documentary on the Indian judicial system was screened on the last day of the festival. The film highlighted difficulties and challenges a common man faces in judicial matters at the hands of courts and judges. It was an eye-opener to the youth about fake cases being fabricated and genuine cases that end up in queue, sometimes never be solved.

I’ve never seen a documentary on the pitfalls of the Indian Judicial system. I’ve always heard people talking about it but it never seemed so real, as it does now. It added a new dimension to my thought process.” – Ashima Sharma, IP College.


Sameer Ashraf, a Delhi based Kashmiri media professional working for Barcroft Media was invited to facilitate the discussion on the last day of the festival when the film ‘Apour ti yapour – Na jung na aman’ was screened. Sameer spoke about the heart wrenching reality of Kashmir issues, the revolts and the pain and struggle in the daily existence.

I think this is an interesting platform to trigger a debate on contemporary issues. It’s a great initiative!” – Saumya Mani Tripathi,  Miranda House. Similar thoughts were echoed by the many youth who came, saw and debated on the many contemporary topics of the documentaries during the Pravah-PSBT festival.

Ayesha Verma


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