A two-day event ‘Bearing Witness’ on the impact of conflict on women in Nagaland and Assam was launched on Oct 15 evening at the NCPA in Mumbai by the noted film maker Anant Patwardhan.
The event, organized by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (www.c-nes.org) which has published the report, based on research and incidents from the two states, was part of C-NES’ outreach programme about issues and concerns of the region and has traveled with the report, exhibition of photographs and documentary film to various metros.

On 15th, Mr. Patwardhan launched the event, by inaugurating the Exhibition of photographs by Kausiki Sarma and releasing the report edited by Sanjoy Hazarika and Preeti Gill.
It was followed by a panel discussion which included Ms. Meenakashi Ganguly of Human Rights Watch, Ms. Rupa Chinai-independent writer, and Mirza Zulfikar Rahman -Researcher Assam
Maulee Senapati – Filmmaker, ‘A Measure of Impunity’ and renowned journalist and researcher Sanjoy Hazarika, who is the co-author of the report and heads C-NES.
The session was chaired by veteran filmmaker Jahnu Barua

Followed by a screening of the documentary ‘A Measure of Impunity’ directed by FTII alumni Maulee Senapati
The report & research supported by the Heinrich Boll Foundation of Germany, the programme was co-hosted by the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) the C-Nes and IDPA.
IFFI, GOA NOV 23rd TO DEC 3rd 2011
This year the IFFI at Goa began on a high note for IDPA as for the first time IDPA made its presence on IFFI’s Official site as one of its partners. This was made possible as Mike Pandey was the Chairman and Jahnu Barua a member of IFFI’s Steering Committee!

Film Bazaar
IDPA had a presence at the Film Bazaar organized by NFDC at the Hotel Marriott, Goa, from 24th -27th November. We got a table space, a LCD TV and a DVD player to show some of award winning films of IDPA awards for excellence and interact with participants /filmmakers /festival organisizers. This was made possible, thanks to Ms. Nina Lath Gupta; MD NFDC.
The response there was very encouraging.
It was found that quite a few people were interested in film packages which could be sent to them as an IDPA package for their festivals. Modalities could be worked out later.
Veena Bakshi, Dhvani Desai, Lygia Mathews, Sanskar Desai and Mike Pandey were present at the IDPA table to interact with people and promote IDPA’s mandate.

Press Conference
Like every year IDPA had its Press Conference this time on the 26th December at the media center. Mike Pandey briefed the press about our year round activities. The Press was keen to know whether enough was being done with regards to Documentaries & Short Films. Mike informed them that a MOU was signed between IDPA and Prasar Bharti, where Doordarshan would provide half hour prime time slot on Sunday for the next five years to IDPA for telecasting Documentaries and Short Films.He added that in no way this was enough but it was just a start and that more needs to be done in this regards. He also added that the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting was keen to support the movement and even the Minister Mrs. Ambika Soni was sensitive to Documentary and Short filmmaker’s needs and is initiating some action in this area. Veena Bakshi, Lygia Mathews & Sanskar Desai were also present at the Press Conference.

Stall at IIFI
Last year itself we had informed the organizers that an indoor space was not suitable for us. We needed a stall where we would be visible. We had also spoken to the Jt. Secretary Ministry of Information & Broadcasting earlier in the year and informed him about a visible place for IDPA.
We had also informed him that IDPA would want a more active & interactive role at IFFI. In spite of this, the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) management insisted that we take the same space for our stall as the previous years. There was an impasse for the initial few days.
Our President Mike Pandey then spoke to the Chief Secretary of Goa and on 5th - 6th day of the festival, IDPA got a stall space, right in the middle of the gathering place, a vantage point, where most of the delegates/filmmakers met during the festival. Needless to say, IDPA made the most of it!!
We got a few spot memberships and a few promises.
It was an opportunity to interact with a lot of people. Regulars at the festival were surprised to know that we (IDPA) had been present for the last few IFFIs, as they had not seen us anywhere in the previous years!
All in all a very encouraging experience at IFFI. Next year promises to be better.

Shankar Mohan - IFFI Director
Mike Pandey
Sanskar Desai &
a Filmmaker at the stal
Shankar Mohan - IFFI Director
Sanskar Desai
Yazdi Engineer - Filmmaker & IDPA member
Mike Pandey &
B.B Nagpal - Journalist & Media Consultant
Mike Pandey
with a few filmmaker fans.
Yazdi Engineer - Filmmaker & IDPA member
Bankim Kapadia - Director General Films Division
Mike Pandey
Mike Pandey
Shaji N. Karun- renowned Filmmaker & cinematographer
U. Radhakrishnan, moderator of the IFFI Open Forum
Dhvani Desai Animator Filmmaker & IDPA member

Smt. Vijaya Mulay or Akka as she is known, was awarded the honorary degree - Doctor of letters. On this occasion, an 8 page booklet which had her brief bio-data, both in English & in Marathi, was given to all present,. The Doctorate was conferred upon her by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Vasudha Kamat. Akka gave an acceptance speech to a thunderous applause.
The Convocation Address was given by the Chief Guest Prof Asha Kanwar,
Vice President, Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver Canada.

Awarded on 7th December 2011, at the 61st Convocation of the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, the Citation read thus-

The SNDT Women’s University on its 61st Convocation is greatly honored
to award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) to
Professor Vijaya Mulay for her significant achievements and mentorship
in the field of Education, Cinema and Social Activism

Akka, you continue to inspire us as always!!
Our member Surendra Talokar wrote in to inform us that his short film “Prkriti” has been selected for the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival in Italy.

A big applause to him!
IDPA member, film maker Miriam Chandy’s short film The Rat Race, made the official selection at IDFA (International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam) where it had its world premier and 3 sold out shows. The Rat Race is a documentary that weaves together the moving narratives of Mumbai's rat killers who work whilst the rest of the city sleeps This 52 minute film has been produced and directed by Miriam Chandy Menacherry who is the founder director of Filament Pictures. It was first spotted at Cannes when it was pitched with a trailer at the Mipdoc Co Production Challenge where it was judged the most promising proposal by an international jury.The film will premier in India in January just before the BMC elections in the hope of sparking some public debate.

Congratulations and all the best!!!

Filmmaker Ravi Iyer writes in to say:
We at Talkaholics participated in the 48 hour film project and won the 2nd Runner Up and couple of other awards including the best use of the Character 'Mohan Singh' in our film, “Mazaak Mat Karo”

Kudos to Mr. Iyer and his team!
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