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BRITDOC’s Good Pitch Announces India Spinoff and Six Participating Films

BRITDOC's Good Pitch Announces India Spinoff and Six Participating Films

Good Pitch2, a spinoff of BRITDOC’s Good Pitch, has today announced the six documentary films that will be presented at the inaugural event on February 4th 2014 in Mumbai, as a part of the Mumbai Film Festival. The screenings will be held from 9am to 5pm at NCPA, Experimental theater, Marine Drive, Mumbai.

Good Pitch is a grassroots organization that brings together documentary filmmakers working on social issues with foundations and organizations as well as campaigners, philanthropists, and policy rulers to forge coalitions for everyone involved.

Good Pitch2 India is a satellite event, an initiative of the Indian Documentary Foundation in partnership with Films Division, Government of India and Kerala State Chalchitra Academ

Good Pitch2 is a project of the BRITDOC Foundation in partnership with The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and The Ford Foundation. 

THE SIX FILMS are:

Driving with Selvi by Elisa
Paloschi

Set in the South Indian state of Karnataka, Driving
With Selvi
tells the story of a young woman who overcomes life-
threatening obstacles and defies strict patriarchal
traditions by escaping the abusive marriage she was forced into as a young girl to become Karnataka’s first female
taxi driver.This character driven story highlights the
challenges that the disempowered female population in Indian face. While it offers this glimpse into a world of poverty, prejudice
and desperate circumstances, the film exposes the humanity behind the stereotypes associated with marginalized
people.

Love Commandos by Miriam
Lyons 

The Love Commandos use
guerrilla tactics to rescue young women from being murdered by their families
and help them marry the men they truly love. Enraged by
India’s failure to protect lovers and emboldened to do so themselves, what started as a group of friends is
rapidly becoming a national movement. This is their story.

Fireflies in the Abyss by Chandrasekhar
Reddy

10 year old Sooraj, works in a ‘rat-hole’. The
‘rat-hole’ mines in the Jaintia Hills (North-east India) are narrow strips of coal deposits requiring children to descend down
steep, sheer chutes and burrow into narrow horizontal tunnels to scratch coal out of hard rock, armed with nothing
more than a pickaxe and a head torch. In these hostile pits, everyday is a game of death. 
While Sooraj was born into
the life of the coal mines, he cherishes a hope of breaking away to a better life, by going to school.

Border within Border by
Debanjan Sengupta

Abandoned by the states, Kofur (42), an illiterate
brick-maker, doesn’t belong to any nation. Both India and Bangladesh deny him an identity and the most
fundamental human rights of citizenship. Born in one of world’s last stateless lands along
Indo-Bangladesh border, Kofur’s enclave community are caught in limbo, compelled to live the life of eternal
foreigners in perpetual fear of trespassing into foreign territory, for past 66 years. Long deprived of a meaningful and
dignified human existence, a people’s movement is brewing up across the enclaves in demand of citizenship and
democracy.

We the People by Soniya
Kirpalani

April 2010 UAE -17Indians were sentenced to death
for murdering 1 man. They would have ended up as statistics, but for their families who pushed local media and
Rights Lawyers into pressured both governments into a fair trial. Following few family members through the trial,
reveals how corruption and poverty mires the lives of Indian migrant workers, who end up enslaved overseas.
Shadowing defence teams, reveals there are 1700 more migrant workers locked behind UAE’s jails, 200 on death
row- most without representation. As the trial proceeds we uncovers a plot spearheaded by Indian political
groups that compromises’ the lives of 17men marking them ‘Guilty’ forever.

Rooting for Roona by
Pavitra Chalam

A film that fights for the health of the Indian
child and captures the incredible story of baby Roona Begum, a one and a half year old girl born in a tiny village in the
state of Tripura, a neglected corner of eastern India. She suffers from hydrocephalus, a birth defect caused by a build-up
of fluid in the brain leading to massive swelling of the head.
Her parents Abdul and Fatema lead a hand-to-mouth
existence and struggle to take care of their daughter. After being told by doctors that there was nothing that could
be done for Roona they had almost given up hope. A single photo by a news agency (AFP) changed everything. It put
into motion an amazing chain of events that would culminate in fully funded surgeries and treatment for Roona at a
top private hospital in the nation’s capital. In barely one week, Roona’s story had sprinted across newspapers,
magazines, TV channels, social media and more

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Reza Noorani gets up close and personal with one of India's most promising young filmmakers, Anand Gandhi.

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Ann

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