Two films screened with filmmaker Ms. Raman Mann: "Call of the Forest" English subtitles: 25 minutes
A film on the struggle of forest- dwelling indigenous Gond tribal people in Bastar, Central India, against the government's arbitrary orders to debarr access of these traditional forest-dwellers to the lands these people had lived in for centuries.
This fight to save their forests, was led by the spirited women from the village of Asna in Bastar, without any help from their men. These women were amongst the poorest of the poor, but, they sustained their struggle over three months, by pooling in their own collective resources.
Film won an award at the "International Women in Development" Video Awards Festival / Competition from The One-World Broadcasting Trust and The British Council, London in 1994 and has been distributed by TVE (Television Trust for the Environment), London, for use by focus groups and some broadcasts in a few countries facing similar issues.
"Barred From Life" Hindi with English Subtitles 27 minutes
A documentary on women life-term prisoners in a women's prison in the city of Lucknow in North India.
The film examines the different issues concerning the incarceration of women under a life-sentence. The "varied" and often arbitrary ways in which criminality is defined and the life term imprisonment is carried out in most Prison / Correction Systems in India, or indeed, in other parts of our world.
The one basic reality of these prisoners, especially the women prisoners, is that they belong to the poor and powerless sections of our societies.
Though the film refrains from taking a judgemental stand on the reasons for their imprisonment, some of the women in this film were innocent and had taken the blame on themselves in order to save their menfolk who they regarded as the primary wage-earners in their families.
This film was selected for "The Indian Women Directors' Panorama" for the International Festival Des Films de Femmes at Creteil, Paris, France in March 1996. The film was screened twice at different venues of this festival.