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

By Ohad Amram | Indiewire September 13, 2013 at 11:55AM

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.
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"Driving with Selvi"
"Driving with Selvi"

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

This article is related to: Film Festival, Indian cinema, Documentary, BRITDOC Foundation






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