Marupakkam

Marupakkam (‘The Other Side’ in Tamil) is a media activist group based in Chennai involved in making documentaries, organizing regular film screenings and film festivals across India since 1996.  We have made films based on themes such as Workers’ Rights, Social Justice and Nuclear Radiation. We believe in small, local, democratic, participatory, inclusive and non profit-oriented public initiatives in a consistent and sustained way. We have organized more than 500 film screenings and 100 film festivals across India essentially focusing on socially, politically and aesthetically engaging documentaries.

Websites:
maduraifilmfest.blogspot.com
chennaifilmfestival.blogspot.com
marupakkamfilmfestivals.blogspot.com

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Cinema of Resistance


Cinema of Resistance (COR) is a grassroots film screening initiative which focuses on bringing alternative films or new cinema to the people. Since it organized the Gorakhpur Film Festival in 2006, COR has been forming an expansive network of screening spaces across North India. We strive to bring meaningful cinema to small towns, villages and community venues; our aim is to create sites of engagements around various issues with the help of films. COR does not accept any corporate sponsorship; we believe that a truly people’s cinema is possible only with support from the people. Our initiatives are entirely supported through crowd funding.

Till now we have successfully organized 69 film festivals without a single sponsorship. In all these festivals, many well-known figures from the field of cinema, art and literature have actively participated. A few of these  include MS Sathyu, Arundhati Roy, Shaji N Karun, Girish Kasarvalli, Saeed Mirza, Kundan Shah, Anand Patwardhan, Sanjay Kak, Saba Dewan, Biju Toppo, Ajay Bhardwaj, Anupama Srinivasan, Surya Shankar Dash, Kaluram Bamania, Zahoor Alam, Santosh Jha, Varun Grover and Surabhi Sharma. Apart from film festivals, the various chapters of cinema of resistance also conduct regular community screenings.

Website: facebook.com/PratirodhKaCinema

The Yugantar Collective

This organisation is no longer active. The Yugantar Film Collective was India’s first feminist film collective.

Founded in Bangalore in 1980 by Deepa Dhanraj, Abha Bhaiya, Navroze Contractor, and Meera Rao, Yugantar made films in a variety of locations in India.

The collective made four short films in the early 1980s: Molkarin (1981), Tambaku Chaakila Oob Ali (1982), Idhi Katha Matramena (1983), and Sudesha (1983). A fifth film, Something Like A War by Deepa Dhanraj, was released in 1991.

A retrospective of Yugantar’s digitally-restored films was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019.

Udaipur Film Society

Started in 2013, Udaipur film society is a fully volunteer run, community supported, crowd sourced and people funded initiative to promote and practice the core ideologies of Freedom, dissent and resistance. It doesn’t believe in institutional funding for its survival, rather small donations by common people make the movement functional.

Website: udaipurfilmsociety.wordpress.com

People’s Film Collective (Kolkata)

People’s Film Collective is an independent, autonomous, people-funded cultural-political collective based in West Bengal. Formed in 2013, it believes in the power of films as a weapon of pedagogy of the oppressed as well as alternative media for people. PFC organises monthly film screenings in Kolkata. It travels in Bengal with films & movemental videos. It’s members document movements and make political documentaries. PFC organises an annual film festival, called ‘Kolkata People’s Film Festival’ and brings out a magazine ‘Pratirodher Cinema’. PFC is interested in collaborating with like-minded collectives of the working class and people’s movements.

Website: kolkatapeoplesfilmfestival.wordpress.com

ChalChitra Abhiyaan

ChalChitra Abhiyaan is a film and media collective based out of Western Uttar Pradesh in India.

The collective produces a range of video formats like documentary films, news features, interviews and live broadcasts. We try to bring to the fore local issues that concern different marginalised communities in their own voices. Issues that are often glossed over by the mainstream media because of corporate control, the stranglehold of strong political parties or caste, class, religious and gender biases.

Part of our endeavour and a very important aspect of ChalChitra Abhiyaan’s work is to train people from local communities to tell their own stories through videos. These stories are evolving into a movement to challenge the propaganda machinery that’s constantly dividing communities. We also organise film screenings of a range of films on different socio-political issues. There is a treasure of such incredible films, both documentaries and fiction, but they rarely make it beyond select circles. In trying to build such spaces, ChalChitra Abhiyaan seeks to contribute to a larger progressive cultural movement.

We see ourselves as not just a media organisation but also as a film collective and a cultural collective. For us, ‘Counter culture is people’s culture.’

Website: chalchitraabhiyaan.com

Frank Brazil

A UK distributor for films by independent documentary film makers and activists from India. We aim to encourage South to South conversations to facilitate the building of knowledge systems outside of western hegemony and are particularly interested in presenting rare and challenging work to a wider audience.

Website: frankbrazil.org