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+ve Living
In India over 2 million women are infected with HIV. For the majority of them, the only risk they were ever exposed to was marriage. This documentary follows 4 HIV infected women in rural Andhra Pradesh, who have battled with not just the virus but also the trauma, stigma and the ostracization that comes with it. 2007. 29 min. DVD 9669

Over the past decade, India has emerged as the leader in the global market for white-collar "outsourcing" jobs-- a notable component of India's rapid economic growth. This documentary explores the experience of young Indian men and women who have been recruited into these new jobs requiring long hours, night shifts, and westernized work habits. Also reveals the human and cultural effect on Indian family life, the evolving cities and towns, and on the aspirations and daily lives of young Indians, especially women, entering the work force. Dist.: Films Media Group. Originally broadcast on PBS television program Wide angle on Sept. 13, 2005. 57 min. DVD 6570

Bombay Calling DVD X1299
King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; Video/C 9721

Hudson, Dale. "Undesirable Bodies and Desirable Labor: Documenting the Globalization and Digitization of Transnational American Dreams in Indian Call Centers." Cinema Journal; Fall2009, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p82-102, 21p UC users only

Absorption in Brahman.
A short history of India is followed by the story of the development of Hinduism in that country. Includes a discussion of the Hindu religion and beliefs. 25 min. Video/C 2466

Acting Like a Thief: A Documentary
This story of a Chhara tribal theatre group in Ahmedabad, India. The members of the Budhan Theatre are tribal rebels who were notified as "born criminals" by the British in 1871, and imprisoned in a labor camp in Ahmedabad. After Indian independence, they were de-notified, but the stigma of being "born criminal" follows them to this day. This documentary reveals how theatre has transformed the lives of adults and children within the community. Directed and produced by P. Kerim Friedman & Shashwati Talukdar. 2005. 15 min. DVD 6990

Description from Documentary Educational Resources catalog

Adhi Adhuri Jhooti Sacchai: 4 Skits on Communal Stereotypes.
Puppets and short skits examine stereotypes of Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities. Accompanied by printed study guide in English: "Partly true and wholly false: a study guide on communal stereotypes." New Delhi, Indian Social Institute, 1986. 26 min. Video/C 4726

Aftermath of the Cyclone in Kutch
Explores the impact of the cyclone which struck the Kutch district of Gujurat in May 1999, killing hundreds and destroying nearly 50,000 cattle and 9000 homes. The film discusses relief efforts and the need to mobilize support. 1999. 15 min. PAL format Video/C 9320

Aftershocks: The Rough Guide to Democracy
Investigates how the Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) used the Kutch earthquake of Jan. 26, 2001 to disposess the local villagers of their lignite rich land under the guise of giving aid. The film shows how the corporation worked with and through the state, an example of the corporatization of democracy in India. A film by Rakesh Sharma. 2002. 66 min. PAL format. Video/C 9680

Ahmedabad: Life of a City in India.
Traces the history of the city as Hindu rulers were replaced by Muslim rulers, who, in turn, were replaced by British colonial powers. The film shows Ahmedabad today as a modern industrial and administrative center. 1990. 30 min. Video/C 3379

Ajit (The Unconquerable).
Film is a close-up view of an eight-year-old boy who works as a domestic in a middle class Calcutta household. He is shown at his daily tasks--sweeping, cleaning, laundry, and caring for his employer's children. There is no time for school but when he is interviewed, Ajit says he is fortunate for in this household he is given ample food as wages, while in the countryside he often went hungry. 1996. 28 min. Video/C 4915

Ajuba Dance and Drama Co.
Introduces a troupe of popular entertainers in North India. Performing in private compounds, factory yards, and mango groves, they stage a type of theatre known as Nautanki, an amalgam of music, dance, comedy routines, and drama. Nautanki draws as easily from the arts of royal courts as it does from the latest Bombay feature films. 1990. 20 min. Video/C 3380

Altar of Fire
Documents the last performance of the Agnicayana or Atriatra, a Vedic sacrificial ritual, enacted by the Nambudiri Brahmins in Panjal, a village in Kerala, southwestern India in April 1975. Explains the origin of the Vedic sacred literature, discusses how the oral tradition is perpetuated, shows construction of sacrificial altars and sheds, and introduces the principle participants in the ritual. Produced by Robert Gardner and Frits Staal. 1976. 45 min. DVD 5496; vhs Video/C 8152

Amrit Beeja: The Eternal Seed
Rural peasant women in India struggle to maintain traditional farming practices in defiance of the spread of technologically-based cultivation in this documentary exploring the changing meanings of healthy land use. 1996. 43 min. DVD 4265

Amrita Imroz
A presentation on the life and works of the Hindi and Panjabi authoress, Amrita Pritam, b. 1919, including an interview of the writer by Imaroza. 1998. 60 min. PAL format. Video/C 6960

Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh.
Describes traditional Ladakhi culture and the change brought by tourism and development. Also examines the disturbing direction of Western society and some thoughts on the lessons that the West can learn from traditional cultures. 1993. 60 min. Video/C 4383

Ancient India.
This program examines the religious tension between Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and the historical events that shaped the great Indian civilizations from the Morian Empire through the Mogul Empire, providing insight into a culture that remains vibrant and diverse today. Dist: Films Media Group. 1999. 47 min. Video/C 7032

--And Nomads Took Root
Documentary on the struggle of Nomads from Rajasthan for settlement and social rights. 2006. 24 min. DVD 9333

Animating the Inanimate: Puppet Theatre in Pakistan
Covers the history of the development of puppetry in Pakistan. Includes marionette and puppet performances and extensive interviews with puppeteers, including backstage footage of how they create their puppets and manipulate them during performances. 2006. 100 min. DVD 9800

Another Way of Learning; There's More to School.
Two documentaries by the voluntary group Eklavya, presenting their philosophy and efforts to provide more effective and meaningful educational opportunities for rural children in India. 50 min. [199-?]. Video/C 9306

Antarnaad (Inner Voice).
The film is about the true life experiences of two villages and the trasformation that occured through Swadhyaya activity. 1992. 160 min. Video/C 3703

Arranged Marriages
Explores attitudes among educated Indian couples, asking them how they met and married their spouses. In India marriages are a family matter often arranged to improve the social standing of the family. This documentary makes a visit to a marriage bureau, wherearriages earnest parents look over the qualifications of potential mates for their children; education, caste, religion, profession and physical attribues all figure in the equation. 2001. 52 min. Video/C 9260

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

The Art of Forgetting
Documentary based on the civil war and ethnic conflict between Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka. Covers the past thirty years of the war and assassinations in the North, East and South of Sri Lanka. The subject of the film is the impact and scale of human suffering for people caught in the clash between those demanding a motherland and those defending a motherland. A film by Lisa Kois. 2005. 56 min. DVD 8957

Ashes in the River: Four Religions of India
Dist: Films Media Group. 1995.

Spiritual India: A Guide to Jainism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. This program provides an overview of four of India's prominent religions: Jainism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Stunning footage from around the subcontinent displays India's religious heritage along with its monumental shrines, temples, festivals and sacred rituals all set against the backdrop of the nation's history, geography and rich variety of cultures and languages. 58 min. Video/C 7357

Jainism: Ascetics and Warriors. Abutting the border of Pakistan, the state of Rajasthan is the home of the Jains, a relatively small but influential indigenous religious group founded by Vardhamana Mahavira. This program profiles Jainism, which espouses salvation by conquering material existence through stict ascetic discipline. The imperative detachment from worldly existence necessary for liberation is explained, as is ahimsa, the doctrine of non-injury to any living thing. 58 min. Video/C 7358

Islam: The Five Pillars of Faith. Residing to the north of India, the population of Kashmir is primarily Muslim. This program studies the beliefs and practices of Islam in Kashmir. Topics such as the Koran, the Pillars of Islam, the influence of Sharia, and traditional Muslim festivals and holy sites are addressed. Background on the arrival of Islam in Kashmir and its spread throughout India creates a historical context for the religion's predominance in many regions. 52 min. Video/C 7359

Buddhism: The Great Wheel of Being. This program presents the tenets and history of the belief system founded on the teachings of Buddha as practiced in Sikkim, tucked between Nepal and Bhutan and Darjeeling, located in an adjoining district of West Bengal. A discussion of the Four Noble Truths, including the Eightfold Path, sheds light on the practice of Buddhism in these regions while ancient monuments testify to the enduring nature of the religion. Video/C 7360

Hinduism: Faith, Festivals and Rituals. In Kerala, situated in the southern tip of India, Hinduism is the principal belief. This program examines the multifaceted majority religion of India in this region. Devotional ceremonies and observances of Hinduism and sacred Hindu literature, such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, are explored, as are some of the region's ornate temples. The Hindu emphasis on right living, or dharma, is also discussed. 51 min. Video/C 7361

Asia, Beyond the Miracle
The Asian continent comprises two-thirds of the world's poor, yet it is the site of continuous phenomenal economic growth. This film examines if such growth can be sustained, particularly without serious damage to the ecology. Shot on location in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Nepal and the Philippines. 1997. 15 min. Video/C MM122

Asia's Water Crisis
Explores the conflict of burgeoning populations and economies in three Asian countries -- Sri Lanka, the Philippines and the People's Republic of China -- and looks toward solutions to Asia's growing water crisis and the diminishing supply of safe, potable water. 1997. 19 min. Video/C MM124

Assignment: India.
Profiles the country of India through an exploration of such topics as Gandhi's legacy, internal strife within the Muslim faction in India and India's Sikh minority, child labor practices in the carpet industry, silk weaving, bonded laborers in rock quarries, women's search for greater independence, and the pollution of the Ganges River. 1993. 60 min. Video/C 4258

At the End of a Gun: Women and War. (Life; 9)
Druki's family fell victim to the bloody civil war between the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lankan government forces that has been tearing the island of Sri Lanka apart for the last 17 years. This program reports from Sri Lanka on the suffering of thousands of women -- widowed, displaced, detained, separated from husbands, children and other loved ones -- as a result of the war. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7769(for other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events)

--aur Irani chai.
Documentary on the migrated Iranians who run cafes (famous for Irani tea) as their family business in Bombay, India. 2004? 20 min. DVD 7205

Ayodhya to Varanasi: Prayers for Peace.
A documentary examining the claims of the Ram Temple Movement (Hindutva), an Indian Hindu political movement which began to form in the 1980s. The film begins with the demolition of the Babari Masjid Temple on December 6, 1992, and looks at the symbiotic and cultural bonds among the Hindus and Muslims of Ayodhya, and also the economic downslide in the past ten years. Throughout the message comes out strongly in favour of communal harmony and development, to the divisive ideologies propagated by the Hindutva. 2004. 60 min. Video/C MM174

A presentation on the life and works of the Malayalam poetess Balamaniyamma, b. 1909. 1998. 30 min. PAL format. Video/C 6955

Balancing Acts.(Life; 4)
This program explores the international movement for women's rights. In Pakistan, seventeen-year-old Hina is challenging tradition to complete her education. In Afghanistan, returning refugees like Maa Gul want the government to honor their right to shelter. In Kenya, Rose, who is HIV positive, is championing rights to independence for widows. And in Nigeria, market trader Tematayo is demanding the government acknowledge her worth as a successful businesswoman. Directed by Beena Sarwar, et al. 2005. 23 min. DVD 3972

A documentary on how one of the poorest nations, with a population of 120 million, managed to creatively tackle the enormous challenge of educating its many children. The program highlights government efforts to make schools more accessible, particularly to girls. One compelling story features Shumi, the daughter of a peddler, who longs for an education and a better life than her parents. 1998. 29 min. Video/C 6112

Bangladesh Nationhood--Symbols and Shadows.
A documentary on the struggle of the new nation of Bangladesh to define itself. Reveals, through a series of interviews with peasants, students, businessmen, and religious and political leaders, those conflicts within Bangladesh society that both defined and limited Sheikh Mujib's years in power. 1984. 42 min. Video/C 3776

Banni Bai and Hari katha
Banni Bai was a traditional storyteller, a practitioner of the classical form of oral performance called Harikatha or the telling of divine stories. She told tales from Hindu mythology and folklore, her narrative interspersed with song and mime. This documentation was done when she was 75 years old when she had stopped going out to give performances but was still able to perform in her own home. She also speaks of herself--how she started learning these songs when she was barely eight years old. Extracts from her performance are interspersed with her delightful personal reminiscences. 1986. 40 min. Video/C MM1221

Bearing the Heat: Mother Goddess Worship in South India.
Documents the Hindu celebrations which center around the mother goddess worship of South India. 1994. 60 min. Video/C 5582

Being Muslim in India.
Presents Islam and the Quran as seen through the lives and perspective of families and individuals in India. 1990. 49 min. Video/C 3775

Benazir Bhutto.
Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto -- the first female leader of a Muslim country -- discusses her life including the execution of her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, her exile, and her rise to power and subsequent dismissal from office amidst charges of corruption. 1999. 25 min. Video/C 7039

Bhakta Dhruva.
In this dramatization of a Hindu legend, Young Dhruva Mahraja after being banned from contact with his royal father by his stepmother, decided to seek a kingdom that would rival that of his father. To obtain this power and position, he went to the forest and performed severe austerities, and ultimately gained a gift that surpassed all his expectations. c1993. 90 min. Video/C 6952

Bharat ki chhap.
A film series on the history of science and technology on the Indian subcontinent from pre-history to the present. In Hindi with English subtitles. ca. 52 min. each installment. See Science and Technology videography for complete contents listing

Bhavai Folk Theater of Gujarat, India.
Performances of Bhavai, the medieval form of ancient Indian dramatic art, interspersed with commentary by performers, directors and educators. 1994. 24 min. Video/C 4051

Bhisham Sahni
A presentation on the life and works of the Hindi author, Bhisham Sahni, b. 1915, including interviews with the writer and commentary by East Indian authors, critics and filmmakers. Includes clips from films based on his writings. 29 min. PAL format. Video/C 9592

Bhopal: The Second Tragedy
More than ten years after "the world's biggest chemical disaster," there remain unresolved serious issues of unpaid damages, legal accountability, environmental reform and institutional failure on the part of Union Carbide, the chemical industry, and the US and Indian governments. Dist: Films Media Group. 1995. 54 min. Video/C 4587

Bhopal: The Search for Justice
This documentary explores the continuing cover-up of the Union Carbide pesticide spill in 1984, analyzes the prospect for environmental and human justice in Bhopal, and exposes the responsibility of the multinational corporations. Twenty years later, amid charges of corruption, graft and suppression of medical and environmental research about the tragedy, the victims are still not adequately compensated or cared for. Directed by Lindalee Tracey, Peter Raymont. 2004. 52 min. Video/C MM930

Bhutan: In Pursuit of Gross National Happiness
For centuries, Bhutan has been closed to the outside world until development started in the early sixties. Bhutan has been deliberately pursuing a cautious but economically successful path of development to preserve its unique culture and traditional values and its fragile largely unexploited natural environment. This film explores how this nation, which has been declared a role model in sustainable development, is balancing heritage and development. 1997. 10 min. Video/C MM428

The Birth of Pakistan.
Traces the history of Pakistan from its beginning as a Muslim separatist movement, its independence as a political entity, the separation of Bangladesh, the battle resulting in the Indus Water Treaty and its ongoing struggle to establish and maintain a democratic government. Includes the history of its political leaders: Mohamed Ali Jinnah, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, and Benazir Bhutto. 1990. 20 min. Video/C 5175

The Bomb Under the World.
An ornately decorated elephant leads a parade through an Indian village, in a promotional campaign for soap. Consumer society is coming, and India's growing population looks for the same goods and a similar living standard as the West enjoys. This film examines the consequences of Western-style consumerism in a large developing country. 1994 52 min. Video/C 7203

Bullfrog Films catalog description

Bombay Calling
Well educated English-speaking youth in India, eager to cash in on the global gold rush of telemarketing jobs from the West are willing to sacrifice almost anything to do it. For their efforts, they are paid more money than their parents ever dreamed of earning. And they spend it, frequenting a new brand of all-night discos that cater to their unusual office hours. In Bombay Calling, filmmakers Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal dive into the bustling world of late nights, long hours and hard partying in Bombay. The result is a compelling insider's look at youth culture in India, and a growing number of young people who choose to follow the American dream...Indian style. Written and directed by Ben Addelman, Samir Mallal. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 2006. 71 min. DVD 6686

1-800-India DVD X1299
King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
Diverted to Delhi Video/C 9721

Hudson, Dale. "Undesirable Bodies and Desirable Labor: Documenting the Globalization and Digitization of Transnational American Dreams in Indian Call Centers." Cinema Journal; Fall2009, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p82-102, 21p UC users only

Bombay: Our City
Four million slum dwellers make up half of Bombay's population. Although they are the city's workforce--industrial laborers, construction workers, domestic servants--they are denied city utilities like electricity, sanitation, and water. 1985. 58 min. Video/C 3163

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Born Into Brothels
While living in the red light district of Calcutta and documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project by which she gave cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and creativity and giving them a means to transform their lives. A film by Ross Kauffman & Zana Briski. c2005. 83 min. DVD 4383

Academy Awards - Best Documentary, Features
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Audience Award
International Documentary Association Award - Feature Documentary
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary
National Board of Review, USA - Best Documentary
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, Documentary

Curry, Andrew. "Young Eyes on Calcutta." Smithsonian, May2005, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p62-66, 5p UC users only
Fowler, Raymond D. "Born into Brothels." PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 50 (30), 2005. UC users only
Michel, Frann. "From 'Their Eyes' to 'New Eyes': Suffering Victims and Cultivated Aesthetics in Born into Brothels." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 53-61, Summer 2007 UC users only
Rangan, Pooja. "Immaterial Child Labor: Media Advocacy, Autoethnography, and the Case of Born into Brothels." Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 25, no. 75 [3], pp. 143-177, 2011 UC users only
Roth, Joshua Hotaka. "Born Into Brothels." American Anthropologist, Mar2010, Vol. 112 Issue 1, p151-152, 2p UC users only
Smith, Debbie James. "Big-Eyed, Wide-Eyed, Sad-Eyed Children: Constructing the Humanitarian Space in Social Justice Documentaries." Studies in Documentary Film, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 159-175, 2009 UC users only
Tres, Georgia. "The Hip Ephebe: Hollywood and Ethnicity." International Journal of the Humanities; Nov2007, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p65-70, 6p UC users only

Born to Bondage
Looks at the plight of women in India, where girls are considered to be worth less than boys, often killed as fetuses or as wives sometimes killed over disputes over dowries. These intolerable situations have giving birth to a new found militancy. Phoolan Devi was brutally raped by 22 higher caste men. To revenge this outrage, she led a gang who set about murdering her assailants. After eleven years in jail she is now in parliament compaigning for women. 1985. 40 min. Video/C 7539

Breaking Barriers (Clean Water for Dhaka's Slums).(Water for All Series)
Documentary on a local nongovernmental organization that has pioneered an effective scheme to bring water to poor communities in the squalid slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 23 min. Video/C MM446

Breaking Barriers
Documentary film looking at some of the initiatives of the community and the state to prevent domestic violence in India. 1999. 60 min. DVD 8945

Bridge of Democracy
In Urdu with addresses in English. Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto's visit to the United States of America (June 5th to June 10th, 1989). 1989. Video/C 3902

Buddha and the Rice-planters: Songs and Drums of Sri Lanka
In the 3rd century B.C. Sinhalese village life, folklore, religious rites, sculpture, painting, music and dance became wholly integrated with Buddhism and remains so today. Villagers are seen cultivating and harvesting their rice fields, accompanied by songs and dances. 198? 27 min. Video/C MM1016

Building from Below
Documentary on the impact of agroforestry on rural villages of India, showing several successful land and forest reclamation projects. PAL format. 1999. 30 min. Video/C 7942

The Burning Mines: Impact of Coal Mining on Women
A documentary on the family life of coal miners of Bhubaneswar, India, with particular reference to its impact on women. PAL format. 1998. 33 min. Video/C 7926

When he was cutting Phantom India, Louis Malle found that the footage shot in Calcutta was so diverse, intense, and unforgettable that it deserved its own film. The result, released theatrically, is a chaotic portrait of a city racked with social and political turmoil. Directed by Louis Malle. 1969. 99 min. DVD 7513; vhs Video/C 3602

Calcutta Calling
A snapshot of globalization at work in the 21st century. This documentary follows Vikeel Uppal, a young man who works in a busy calling center, as he gets tutored in the English language, learns pronunciation from commercials and movies, and watches English soccer matches to gain insight into the people he calls on a daily basis. Director, Andre Hormann. Dist. Cinema Guild. c2005. 17 min. DVD 8682

Bombay Calling DVD X1299
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; Video/C 9721
King of Calls DVD X1299
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

Calcutta Calling
Sasha Khokha filmed three teenage girls, adopted at birth from a Bengali orphanage by white American families living in rural Swedish-Lutheran Minnesota, as they journey to Calcutta. Directed by Sasha Khokha. Produced at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, 2004. 26 min. Video/C MM1295

California Dreaming.
A documentary on Indian brides for export. Punjabi girls dream of marrying to move overseas, to escape to a life of "no restrictions," where "a woman's work is appreciated" and "there is plenty of money." But the glamour of life abroad is offset by the reality of immigration problems from refusal of visas to hopelessly waiting to hear from their husband. 1998. 30 min. DVD 4266

Catalysts of Change.
Three programs concerning human rights, sustenance of the environment and the fulfillment of basic human needs in India. In Search of Shelter examines the housing conditions of the lowest caste in Calcutta. The Plough and the Sickle explores agriculture and sharecropping in India. Fringe Dwellers examines the social and economic conditions of the indigenous peoples of India. 1988. 85 min. Video/C 4728

Caste at Birth.
In India there are 150 million "untouchables" who live a segregated life. They cannot own land or get an education and are condemned from birth to the most menial jobs. While the government has tried to improve the condition of the untouchables, these attempts have met with strong resistance from upper caste Hindus who profit from this source of cheap labor. However, a few leaders have arisen from their ranks, who, in the face of overwhelming odds, are trying to bring about change. Written, directed, and produced by Mira Hamermesh. 1990. 52 min. DVD X7319; vhs Video/C 4913

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Chatisagarhi Sangavari.
Film on the social life of the Chattisagarh region of India. In Chattisgarhi. 1994. Video/C 4553

Child Labor [Part 1]
First segment: Looks at Pakistan's system of child labor and the movement to abolish it with excerpts from "The Carpet," a documentary film by Magnus Bergmar. The segment concludes with an examination of the tragic death of Iqbal Masih and charges that his death was part of a conspiracy against him by Pakistan's carpet "mafia." Second segment: An interview with UNICEF deputy executive director, Guido Bertolaso. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 25, 1995. 27 min. Video/C 6720

Children of Asia: Making a Difference
Presents four stories of children in Asia who are making a difference by overcoming their environments. The 1st work focuses on child laborers in southern India who form a union to defend their rights, the 2nd focuses on a teenage girl in northern Thailand coping with becoming an AIDS orphan, the 3rd focuses on children in East Timor striving to overcome the trauma of armed conflict, and the 4th focuses on poor children in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and India who are benefiting from information and communication technology. 2001. 50 min. Video/C MM449

Circles-cycles: Kathak Dance
Celebrates various images of Shiva, the Hindu Lord of dance, as expressed in ritual dance. Illustrates the concept of the circular in Indian philosophy and religion through music and dance performances of Kathak, the classical dance form of North India. Includes the history, technique, and lore behind Kathak dance. 28 min. Video/C 6567

Classical Indian Dance.
Presents classical dances from India, demonstrating the range of this art form with its combination of mime, gesture, facial expression and body movement, all executed within a traditional framework rich in allegory.

Contents: Odissi / Dancer, Ranjna Gauhar. -- Bharatanatyam "Vernam" / Alarmel Valli. -- Kathak / Durga Lal. -- Bharatanatyam "Todayam" / Chitralekha Bolar, Indra Thigarajah. -- Kutchipudi / J. Venkatachalapati. -- Kathak / Nahid Siddiqui. -- Bharatanatyam "Vernam" / Alarmel Valli. -- Bharatanatyam "Ardhaneshwaram" / Chitra Sundaram. -- Bharatanatyam "Tillana" / J. Venkatachalapati. -- Odissi "Pallavi" / Ranjna Ganhar. -- Kathak / Durga Lal. -- Bharatanatyam / Chitralekha Bolar. -- Kathak "Tarana" / Nahid Siddiqui. 1995. 60 min. Video/C 4577

Coding Culture: Bangalore's Software Industry: A Series of Three Films
Three films explore the culture of outsourced work and the molding of a workforce for the global high-tech services industry. Each film focuses on one of the major types of software companies located in Bangalore. Fun@sun provides an inside look at Indian Engineering Centre (the subsidiary of American company Sun Microsystems), and highlights the way American-style management practices are transplanted to India. The 'M' way depicts the high-pressure, customer-centric work culture of MphasiS Limited, an Indian IT services company. July Boys was shot at July Systems, a new kind of venture capital-funded, high-end startup company in Bangalore. 2006. 85 min. DVD X294

The Colonial Idea. ( Age of Uncertainty)
Features economist John Kenneth Galbraith discussing some of the ideas and views on economics that are presented in his book entitled The age of uncertainty. Focuses on colonialism and the colonial adventure using India and Great Britain as the prime example. Presents an in-depth look at the British intervention, control and domination of India and finally the removal of the colonial government. 1976. 60 min. Video/C 480

Colours of the Earth
Documentary television program on the empowerment of Dalit women in Andhra, India through their traditional knowledge of farming. The older women guided others by teaching them traditional practices and together the women pioneered a system that ensures subsidized food grains through the creation of seed banks at the village level. Written & directed by Kavita Das Gupta. 2002. 28 min. Video/C MM858

Community. (Woman's Place)
The Dramatic story of villagers in Bangladesh who have transformed themselves from beggars to business people and simultaneously established positive new roles and relationships for men and women. One women's group now owns a rice mill, another makes roof tiles, and a men's group runs a fish farm. The money raised is held collectively to benefit the entire community. 1995. 24 min. Video/C 4599

Consecration of a Temple.
The Sri Venkateswara Hindu temple in Pittsburgh, is consecrated in a traditional 5 day ceremony in 1977.This film documents the final stages of the consecration of the Hindu temple built by members of that city's Indian-American community. Examines the temple's shrines and statues and their significance within Hinduism and discusses the community's efforts to preserve their language and culture in the face of pressures to be assimilated. 1990. 25 min. Video/C 3777

Concepts in Indian Culture
A technical study of three different cultural concepts of dance in Taminadu. Therukoothu is a folk theater form with loud music, garish costumes and elaborate make up. Yet it has the most intricate dance movements and highly evolved narrative and song patterns. Bharatnatyam is one of the most highly evolved classical dance forms in the world and has a long unbroken history in South India where it originated. Abhinaya tries to provide some insights into the gestural codes of this dance language. Yoga is an exercise and meditation system that deals with harmonizing the various sense organs of the body. Samadhi progresses through the set of structured steps to reach the highest point in Yoga viz. total communion with the Inner Self. In Tamil with English commentary. 40 min. 2002. Video/C MM1222

The Cosmic Dance of Shiva.
Celebrates various images of Shiva, the Hindu Lord of dance, as expressed in ritual dance. 1990. approx. 60 min. Video/C 2616

The Courtesans of Bombay
Pavan Pool is an enclosed area of Bombay where the city's singing and dancing courtesans ply their trade amidst crammed tenements houses where thousands of men seek out forbidden pleasures. This docudrama shows how young girls are groomed in the arts of singing, dancing, and by inference, seduction. It shows a tradition with a special place in Indian society: the entertainment of paying customers - always men - by songstresses and dancers who perform in the classical Hindustani styles of the ancient "nautch" girls. Produced and directed by Ismail Merchant. 1983. 74 min. [DVD includes special feature: Documentary "Street musicians of Bombay"/ Richard Robbins (1994, 52 min.)] DVD 3711
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Courts and Councils
Shows the traditional panchayat, or caste council, that meets to hear and resolve conflicts and the official state system of district courts, influenced by British law, where civil cases (chiefly land disputes) are handled. 1981. 30 min. Video/C 4261

Creeks of Conflict
Documentary television program on the destruction of the mangrove forests in India due to aquaculture and other development activities. The film also documents the breeding of Oliver Ridley Turtles. A film by Krishnendu Bose. 1996. 30 min. Video/C MM857

Credit Where Credit is Due. (Life; 16)
This segment examines the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee that provides micro-credit to rural women in Bangladesh who live on the edge of poverty. It recounts how taking out a loan revolutionized the lives of village women -- not only increasing their incomes but also helping to improve their, and their children's, health. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7776(for other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events)

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Cultural Heritage of Pakistan: Architecture
Presents the architecture and buildings of Pakistan and discusses the origins of Pakistani architecture. 21 min. 1999? PAL format. Video/C 9505

Dadi's Family.
A portrait of a farming family in India which focuses on Dadi, the grandmother, who manages a large household of sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren and tries to hold the extended family together despite external and internal changes. Looks at the role and lives of women, who become members of their husband's family upon marriage. Originally broadcast in 1980 as a segment of the television series Odyssey. Film was originally part of a film series made under the auspices of James MacDonald, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 59 min. DVD X6655; Video/C 347

Dalda 13: A Portrait of Homai Vyarawalla
Profiles the life and work of retired Indian photographer Homai Vyarawalla. In a country where women are expected to be submissive, Mrs. Vyarawalla was toting a large camera on her sari draped shoulder, always pushing to where the action was. Her photographs documented the death of Gandhi, the visits of dignitaries such as Ho Chi Minh, Queen Elizabeth and Jackie Kennedy. She gave up her career out of frustration when security restrictions governing female press photographers limited her access. In this film she shares her impressions of her work and the luminaries she photographed. 1995. 23 min. Video/C 4924

A Dance the Gods Yearn to Witness
Introduces the Bharata Natyam dance, a classical Hindu dance form which originated thousands of years ago with the legends of Shiva and Parvati. In this film, a novice learns from well-known artist Priyamvada Sankar, a respected master of classical south Indian dance. Interwoven with the performance are explanations of the history and tradition of this art form to place it in its cultural context. 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8964

Dances of India.
Contents: 1. Slokam: Guru Brahma -- 2. Slokam: Manikya Veena -- 3. Pushpanjali -- 4. Alarippu -- 5. Jatiswaram -- 6. Varnam -- 7. Padam -- 8. Sabdam -- 9. Tillana -- 10. Mangalam. Features Padma Chebrolu performing traditional Bharat natyam dances to music used during formal performances. Also presented are all the dances performed during Arangetram (solo graduation recital), which is done after many years of intense dance training from the guru. 60 min. DVD 2317

Dances of India.
Classic dances of India performed in traditional costume by Nala Najan, leading American dancer and teacher of Indian dance. Dances include a celebrated invocation "of auspicious beginnings" from South India; a south Indian dance to a religious song; and a North Indian dance of great antiquity that came from Hindu tradition but was adapted by the Moslem culture and spread from Spain to China. The closing number, a court dance taught to Najan by the prince of the court titled "Wounded deer," is a metaphor for non-violence. Originally broadcast as a segment on the television series, Camera Three in 1966. 27 min. Video/C 7821

Daughters of the Golden Bengal: Women in the Struggle Against Poverty
Depicts the growing movement of women in Bangladesh who, with the assistance of aid societies, run profitable cottage industries in their villages, often risking severe reprisals as they defy repressive social customs and religious doctrines in order to become financial contributors to their families and villages. 1995. 29 min. Video/C 7041

Death of a River
A documentary about the Manjolai massacre, which took place when Tamil Nadu police attacked a procession of striking tea estate workers, their families and supporters on July 23, 1999 on the banks of the Thamiraparani River, killing 17 people and wounding over 500. The demonstrating workers were demanding that they be paid the half-day wages illegallydeducted from their pay. The film exposes the provocative nature of the police attack, which involved the Rapid Action Force, a special police unit. VHS format (PAL). In Tamil with English subtitles. 2000. 59 min. Video/C 8547

Democracy in Crisis
Surveys the recent events which led to the current religious strife that is tearing India apart. Covers the 20 months following Rajiv Gandhi's ouster in 1989, through his assassination and the violent and chaotic electionwhich followed it. 1991. 50 min Video/C 3047

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Destination--Sri Lanka.
Peace Corps workers describe daily life in Sri Lanka, as well as the history, religious practices, diversity of ethnic groups and variety of languages which create this complex society. 1996. 15 min. Video/C 4736

Destination Tourism.
Bodh Gaya, the world's most popular destination of Buddhist pilgrimage, is located in one of India's poorest states. Visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage site are typically shocked by the extreme poverty there, and the Buddhist tradition of alms-giving motivates them to donate money. As a result, Bodh Gaya has developed a sophisticated charity "industry" which caters to and depends on tourists and tourism. This thought-provoking documentary explores the complex, interconnected effects of tourism, globalization, culture, philanthropy, and religion in Bodh Gaya. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 2007. 20 min. DVD 7846

Dhaminis of Jumla: Spirit Possession in Western Nepal.
Explores the ritual practice and social importance of spirit possession in the villages of Jumla, in western Nepal. The film focuses on two women, known as "dhaminis", and examinies the ways in which spirit possession makes them the centerpieces of religious life in their communities. 2000. 38 min. DVD X11 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM729

The Dhobighat is the world's largest out-door laundry. Here 4,000 members of the Dhobi caste work night and day to guarantee an essential service to Bombay's 15 million inhabitants. Most Dhobias are illiterate, but they are highly organized and efficient. An intriguing example of how India's caste system works. 2004. 48 min. DVD 4588

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Dinner with the President: A Nation's Journey (Why Democracry? Series)
Filmmakers Sabiha Sumar and Sachithanandam Sathananthan break bread with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who discusses democracy in Pakistan and his vision for Pakistan's political future. Musharraf's views are compared to the attitudes held by a wide cross-section of Pakistani citizens, who share their opinions in extensive "person-on-the-street" interviews. Directed by Sabiha Sumar, Sachithanandam Sathananthan. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 53 min. DVD X397

Diverted to Delhi
The toll-free telephone numbers used to place orders are often answered thousands of miles away by Indians trained to speak and think like Americans, or Brits or Australians. This film follows a group of university graduates through a rigorous 3-week course which they hope will prepare them for prestigious, well paying positions in these call centers. Over 200 of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies now choose to service their clients via Indian call centers where labor and set-up costs are low and the staff highly educated. c2002. 55 min. DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721

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Division of Hearts.
The British division of colonial India into Pakistan and the Republic of India caused tremendous loss of life and relocation of millions of people. After centuries of coexistence, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims fell victim to mutual suspicion as violence and murder swept through the countryside, and village populations changed overnight. In this film, ordinary people from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh tell this history and recount their own tumultuous experiences. Directed by Satti Khanna & Peter Chappell 1987. 57 min. DVD X3398; Video/C 1879

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Doon School Quintet
An intimate study of India's most prestigious boys' boarding school, located in Dehra Dun in Uttaranchal. Sometimes called 'the Eton of India', Doon School has never the less developed its own distinctive style and presents a curious mixture of privilege and egalitarianism. Part 1 looks at the life of Indian middle-class boys as they experience the effects of institutional, national, and global pressures during the transitional years from childhood to adulthood. Part 2 focuses on a group of 12 year olds during their first year in one of the 'houses' for new boys. Part 3 follows one of the boys into the next phase of his life in Jaipur House, one of the five main houses in the school. Part 4 focuses on the social dynamics within the group arriving in Foot House, one of Doon Schools' dormitories for new boys. Part 5 explores the thoughts and feelings of one boy during his first weeks as a Doon student. Contents: Disc 1-2. [Part 1] . Doon School chronicles : a study in 10 parts (140 min) -- Disc 3. [Part 2]. With morning hearts : a year in foot house (110 min.) -- Disc 4. [Part 3]. Karam in Jaipur (53 min.) -- Disc 5. [Part 4]. The new boys (101 min.) -- Disc 6. [Part 5]. The age of reason (87 min.). A film by David MacDougall. Originally released as a series of documentaries in Australia : [Fieldwork Films], 2000-2004. 491 min. DVD X813

Drowned Out (1997)
The people of Jalsindhi in central India must make a decision fast. In the next few weeks, their village will disappear underwater as the giant Narmada Dam fills. Author Arundhati Roy joins the fight against the dam and asks the difficult questions. Will the water go to poor farmers or to rich industrialists? The film follows the Jalsindhi villagers through hunger strikes, rallies, police brutality, a six year Supreme Court case and stays with them as the dam fills and the river starts to rise. c2002. 75 min. Video/C 9831

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The Dynasty: The Nehru-Gandhi Story. (1997)
A two part documentary chronicling India's four generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family leaders, using interviews and extensive historical footage to tell the story of their ties through blood, sacrifice and power.

Part 1: chronicles the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru and his son Jawaharlal Nehru, the ending of British colonial rule over India, the division of Pakistan and India and the political and social history of India up through the death of Prime Minister Nehru in 1964. 90 min. Video/C 5705

Part 2: chronicles the career of Indira Gandhi, her assassination in 1984 and the death of her younger son Sanjay. Her elder son Rajiv Gandhi reluctantly accepted his mother's "throne" as prime minister and was assassinated in 1991. His widow Sonia, has twice been nominated as president by her party and twice she has refused. Rajiv's son and daughter are as yet too young to enter politics, but India keeps a watchful eye. 90 min. Video/C 5706

Dzumsa: Traditional Natural Resources Management in Sikkim, India
Lachung and Lachen are two unique villages in the remote alpine region of North Sikkim. Due to their relative isolation, they have, over the centuries, developed a highly effective form of self-governance. It not only regulates the realm of social life, but is also instrumental in maintaining a balance with nature. It is clear that survival in the mountains is intricately linked with nature, and the prudent realization that, unless strictly regulated, the bounty of nature would deplete, makes the villagers implement the rules rigorously. 2002. 26 min. DVD 7323

These films follow the involvement of UK nationals in the rescue and rehabilitation efforts during the Oct. 8, 2005 earthquake in Pakistan and how some of the rescuers were linked to the devastation of the terrible earthquake through its effect on their relatives. 2009. 180 min. DVD X2361

The Effect of TV on Culture in India.
This program focuses on the cultural effects of television broadcasting in India. It examines the rapid rise of satellite TV and cable channels and discusses their role in altering Indian perceptions of caste, class, and gender. Interviews with Indian academics and representatives from TV and film are combined with specific information on TV viewing habits in urban and rural locations in India. Dist: Films Media Group. 1998. 30 min. Video/C 6114

Television serial dealing with the problems faced by a Pakistani father in bringing up his two minor children after the death of their mother. Videocassette release of a film originally produced in 1987 or 1988. 133 min. Video/C 3739

Elephant, A God in Distress
Documentary television program on the various living conditions that elephants experience in the many environments of India. Explains their social behavior and what they need to successfully survive. Includes extensive footage of elephants in the wild. Looks at how the encroachment of humans is causing a dwindling numbers of elephants in India, including the effect of ivory poachers on these numbers. Writer, director, Krishnendu Bose. c1999. 30 min. Video/C MM865

The Eluvsive Mountain Gya
In 1997, climbers from a variety of South Asian countries, set out to climb Mt. Gya on the Indo-Tibet border. The film follows the team as they move through high altitude passes on an old trade route between Tibet and the north Indian plains and stays with them through four days of ascent until the summit is successfully reached at 22,400 feet. c1998. 25 min. Video/C 8548

The Family Krishnappa
Depicts one day in the life of a typical rural family and village in Southern India. 1977. 18 min. Video/C 4259

Father, Son and Holy War.
A film examining the connection between religion, violence and male identity in India today and exploring the possibility that a key to the psychology of violence against "the enemy" is male insecurity, itself an inevitable product of the very construction of "manhood". Production, direction, editing, Anand Patwardhan. 1994. 120 min. DVD X3428; Video/C 3638

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Fehmul Quran.
Readings from the Koran and teachings on the proper understanding of the Koran by Maulana Kausar Niazi. In Urdu. 1988. 85 min. Video/C 4729

The Fifth Schedule.
A discussion of the effects of the intrusion of non-tribals into tribal habitat in the Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh which has resulted in large scale alienation of tribal land, deforestation, and ecological degredation. Also examines the initiatives for development, both by governmental voluntary sources. 1990. 44 min. PAL format Video/C 470

Final Solution
Set in Gujarat, India between February 2002 and July 2003, this film examines the aftermath of the deadly violence that followed the burning of 58 Hindus on the Sabarmati Express train at Godhra on February 27 2002. In "reaction" to that incident, some 2,500 Muslims were brutally murdered, hundreds of women raped, and more than 200,000 families driven from their homes. 2004. 149 min. DVD X4

Fishing in the Sea of Greed
As export governments hand over territorial waters to transnational corporations, they actively promote abuse of the seas. This film documents the response of traditional fishing communities in India to the threat of displacement by overfishing and pollution resulting from industrial fishing practices such as use of gigantic factory ships, and the protests of Bangladesh rice growers to the flooding of large stretches of fertile land with salt water. 1998. 45 min. Video/C 7901

Footprint of the Buddha - India
Ronald Eyre visits Sri Lanka and India to discover the type of Buddhism practiced throughout Southeast Asia. Includes talks with monks, school children, novices, and housewives who describe their own religious experiences and discuss the high moral standards demanded by Buddhism. 1978. 52 min. Video/C 192

For a Place Under the Heavens
Beginning with the creation of Pakistan in 1947, Sumar traces the relationship of Islam to the state in an effort to understand how women are coping with and surviving the increasing religiosity of civil and political life in her country. She struggles to comprehend how religious schools have expanded at unthinkable rates and presents chilling footage of a mother encouraging her toddler to be a martyr when he grows up. Mixing political analysis with interviews with activist colleagues, noted Islamic scholars and Pakistani women who have chosen to embrace fundamentalism, Sumar's provocative questions dramatically capture the tension between liberal and fundamentalist forces that are shaping life in contemporary Pakistan. A film by Sabiha Sumar. 2003. 53 min. Video/C MM352

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Forest of Bliss.
A film without commentary, subtitles or dialogue on daily life in the Holy City of Benares filmed from one sunrise to the next, including daily customs and religious rituals. A film by Robert Gardner. 1986. 90 min. DVD 5516

The Fountains of Paradise.
Examines Sri Lanka's plans and hopes for its Mahaweli Irrigation Project, as well as the economic, social, and environmental costs for the country. 1984. 57 min. Video/C MM802

Four Holy Men: Renunciation in Hindu Society.
A documentary on four sadhus: a mission hospital administrator, a traditional guru who heads a monastery, a recluse with no organizational ties, and a scholar who is also founder of a national political party. Interviews with the sadhus and with lay people reveal a wide range of opinions on the roles of sadhus in Hindu society today. Project director, Joseph W. Elder; film makers, Mira Reym Binford, Michael Camerini. 1976 37 min. DVD X4421; Video/C 4140

4 Skits on Communal Stereotypes.
Accompanied by printed study guide in English: "Partly true and wholly false: a study guide on communal stereotypes." New Delhi, Indian Social Institute, 1986. Puppets and short skits examine stereotypes of Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities. In Hindi. 1986 M-PAL format. 26 min. Video/C 4726

Fourth Islamic Summit: Speech by Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, 17th January 1984.
Speech by President General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq (Pakistan) at Fourth Islamic Summit in Islamabad on 17th January, 1984. Video/C 3801

The Fourth Stage
Documentary about a retired Indian journalist, E.R. Seturam, who is considering whether to embark on an ancient Hindu quest for self-realization through the fourth stage of life (sannyasa). Accompanies Seturam as he discusses his possible decision with colleagues, family members, other sannyasins, and holy men throughout India. 1984. 42 min. Video/C 6598

Fragile Promise
What promise does the new millennium hold for Asia's vast army of child laborers? One answer can be found in Bangalore, India where working children have organized a union to fight for their rights and welfare. This is the story of children changing their lives for the better, children for whom the future holds a fragile promise. 2001. 11 min. Video/C 9142

Free to Sing?: The Music of Suman Chatterjee.
Suman Chatterjee is a Bengali political singer from Calcutta whose political stance, critical of the right as well as the left, has made him a persecuted and an immensely popular singer at the same time. This film which contains interviews with Suman and citizens of Calcutta, poets, journalists, artists, intellectuals and fellow musicians is also generously interlaced with song sequences and scenes from Calcutta. 56 min. Video/C 4715

Freedom Now, 1947 (The People's Century )
In 1947, 160 years of British rule came to an end as India became the world's largest democracy, inspiring the fight for freedom on another continent. This film talks with the people who witnessed and participated in the struggle for independence in India and Africa. While Mohandas Gandhi showed the world how the masses could successfully defy their imperial masters, his example spurred others on: European empires in Africa and Asia began to crumble, and in short order, Ghana, Kenya, Algeria, Mozambique, and dozens more would win their freedom. 1998. 56 min. Video/C 5553

From the Diary of a Genetic Counsellor.
The program takes up two cases of Down's Syndrome with different genetic profiles (Trisomy 21 and Translocation 14-21) and traces the counseling process involved in each case. The aim is to highlight counseling strategies in India that could be adopted to help clients come to terms and deal with the disorder. 1990. 30 min. PAL format Video/C 469

Frontiers of Faith: World Sikhism Today.
Describes Sikh principles and lifestyle and documents the recent history and current state of Sikhism in India, Europe, and North America. Interviews with Sikh leaders and families, scholars, and human rights activists reveal a people subjected to varied levels of racial discrimination and, in India, harsh suppression and even massacres. Since the 1984 killing of Sikh fundamentalist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Sikh political leaders have continued to press for an autonomous homeland, which they call Kalistan. Dist: Films Media Group. 1999. 49 min. Video/C 6293

This film follows Gandhi's life from young lawyer through his historic struggle to free India from colonial rule. Winner of 8 Academy Awards. An all-star cast headed by Ben Kingsley. 1982. 188 min. vhs 999:203

Gandhi's Children
The Prayas Children's Home for Boys is located in one of the poorer quarters of New Delhi. The residents are orphans, or boys who have run away from home, or were picked up from the streets. One day, 181 boys arrive, having been rescued from a child labor factory. Despite the harshness of their lives, many of these children show extraordinary strength of character. Often left to their own devices, they institute a seemingly arbitrary set of checks and balances to make sense of the mayhem around them. Produced by David MacDougall. 2008. 185 min. DVD X3284

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Explores the history, geography, wildlife, and social impact of the Ganges River in India which flows over 1500 miles from the peaks of the Himalayas to the Sunderbans swamps and the Bay of Bengal. 2007. 195 min. DVD X197

The Ganges(Great Rivers of the World)
Tells the historical, geographical, and human story of the "mother of rivers," of the Aryan civilization that shaped much of Western civilization, the birthplace of Hinduism, the holy of holies of nearly a billion people. The Ganges flows from the heights of Tibet to water a fourth of the Indian subcontinent. 1991. 45 min. Video/C 4580

Ganges: River to Heaven
This documentary explores one of the most cherished of Hindu religious aspirations: to die in the city of Varanasi, on the banks of the sacred Ganges, in the faith that dying here assures liberation from the cycle of earthly life. Directed and produced by Gayle Ferraro. c2003. 52 min. DVD 4596

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Given to Dance
An exploration of the lives of the last Hindu temple dancers in India...women who were regarded as brides of the god and consecrated to dance. Includes interviews with former temple dancers, a study of their dance techniques and of Odissi dance as it is now performed on stage in India. 1986. 57 min. Video/C 4255

Gokak Goes Green
Documentary on the establishment of an industrial greenbelt through afforestation by the firm Gokak Mills in the Belgaum District of India. PAL format. 1999. 12 min. Video/C 7943

The Good Earth: An Insight into Sustainable Agriculture
Documentary on the small and big farms in India that are using natural farming methods to create a sustainable agricultural system. The farmers themselves talk about their methods of natural farming. Director, producer, Krishnendu Bose. 1993. 41 min. Video/C MM861

The Great Awakening: Rise of Buddhism in India
A short history of the life of Siddhartha Gautama is followed by a discussion of Buddhism and its development in India. Contents: Great awakening, Buddhism in India. Contents: 1. Buddha. -- 2. Dharma. -- 3. Sangha. 1991. 45 min. Video/C 2467

Great Benazir Bhutto.
On the life and activities of Benazir Bhutto, prime minister of Pakistan, including footage of her public speeches. Closes with a 10 minute press conference in English. 1994. 180 min. Video/C 4727

The Great Gathering
A study of the history, meaning, and diverse participants in the Maha Kumbha Mela, a spectacular Hindu sacred festival held every twelve years on the banks of the Ganges in India. The Kumbha Mela is the largest festive gathering of humanity on earth. It rotates between four different host cities. Held in Allahabad In 2001 it is estimated that 50 million people gathered for this unique event. By bathing in the Ganges during the Kumbha Mela it is believed that one will be absolved of all past-life Karma and freed from the vicious cycle of birth and death. Directed by Mary Sue Connolly. 2003. 53 min. DVD X3277

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In this Hindu legend severe tests face a noble king who is known throughout the universe for never swaying from his principles. The sages Narada and Vishvamitra conspire to test King Harischandra, but even the severest hardships cannot sway him from his word or destory his faith in Krishna. 1997. 137 min. Video/C 4947

Harvest of Rain (Wealth of Nations. People and the Environment)
One of the basic principles of water management is to conserve water where it falls. But India is chasing hydraulic nightmares: big dams and canals while an age-old wisdom lies forgotten. This video examines India's traditional water harvesting systems, wandering though Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, to illuminate a profound science of the people. The film analyses a wide variety of water management systems as a function of differing ecological terrains. 1995. PAL format. 1995. 48 min. Video/C 5660

Harvesting Hunger
Documentary television program on the crisis in Indian agriculture. Specifically looks at the Kalahandi region and Punjab which rely heavily on the forest and the land for their livelihood. Discusses the return of many farmers to traditional methods of farming which require no pesticides and do not rely on overpriced seeds from seed companies that form monopolies and overcharge for inferior products. Also looks at the plight of the farmers who end up in deep debt and in despair drink pesticides to end their lives. Written and directed by Krishnendu Bose. 2000. 53 min. Video/C MM864

Hello Photo.
Nina Davenport spent one year travelling throughout India, capturing images of the people and the country few Westerners ever see: a jute factory straight out of the industrial age, a mosque decorated with erotic sculptures, cows stuck in traffic jams, elephants blessing people, scenes of a traveling circus, inside a school for the blind, and holy people possessed by spirits. We return now and then to the sets of Bombay's thriving film industry and to the streets themselves in a unique visual experience of India. 1995. 55 min. Video/C 4398

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Herra Puntila Sri Lankassa
A surprising and touching documentary of a Finnish theater director who travels to Sri Lanka and gathers professional and amateur Sri Lankan actors to create a fine production of Bertolt Brecht's Herr Puntila and his servant Matti. 1995. 52 min. Video/C 4234

Hey Ram!: Genocide in the Land of Gandhi
Looks at the Gujarat riots of 2002 where more than 900 people, mostly Muslims, were killed as Hindu militants torched Muslim-run businesses and homes in apparent retaliation for the killing of a trainload of Hindu activists by Muslim extremists. Includes interviews with survivors and graphic scenes of victims. 2002. 25 min. Video/C MM158

The Hidden Face of Globalization: What the Corporations Do Not Want Us to Know
Examines the working and living conditions of garmet factory workers in Bangladesh, calling for an end to child labor and sweatshop abuses. 2003. 34 min. Video/C MM996

The Hidden Story: A Quest for Women's Unrecorded History.
Presents the stories of four peasant women from different parts of India. From forest women to desert women to dalit women--the documentary explores the multiple roles of women in rural India. These women, hidden from history, language, and representation, narrate their stories of struggles, of hardships, and collective achievements. Conceived as a first person narrative, the documentary attempts an exploratory journey and dialogue between the filmmakers and the four women, who in many ways define their lives and selves through an evocation of dreams, memories, myths, and legends. (1996?) 58 min. Video/C 7155

Highway Courtesans
Examines the unusual custom of the Bachchara community in India which demands that the eldest daughter born to every family must work as a prostitute to support their entire household. Known as a Khilawadi, their positions are stronger than that of the male members of the community. Directed by Mystelle Brabbee Filmed in Central India from 1995 to 2004. 71 min. DVD 4508

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Catsoulis, Jeannette. "Highway Courtesans." New York Times, 12/1/2006, Vol. 156 Issue 53780, pE12,
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Highway to Hell: Trafficking of Girls from Nepal to India
Examines the plight of Nepalese girls tricked into leaving home, often with the promise of marriage or legitimate employment, then sold to brothels in India. 2000. 38 min. Video/C 9738

Hindu Ascetics
A documentary illustrating the rituals and practices of India's holy men--sadhus, fakirs and yogi--including ecstatic dancing, meditation, and mind-over-body feats designed to develop the power of concentration. Film also examines the connection of the rituals of these ascetic eremites to ancient Hindu and Buddhist rituals. 1994. 1994. 44 min Video/C 4588

Eighty percent of India's vast population follow the way of Hinduism, an ancient yet vibrant religion. This overview traces the history of Hinduism's development and reformation; spiritual concepts such as karma, dharma, and God as both one and many; the numerous Hindu scriptures and Hindu worship practices are explored. 1999. 29 min. Video/C 7043

Hinduism: The Elephant God.
A discussion of the major tenets, rituals and gods of Hinduism. Dist: Films Media Group. 1996. 19 min. Video/C 6110

Hinduism and Buddhism ( Wisdom of Faith; 1).
This program explores the two great religions to come from India. Huston Smith uncovers the mysteries of multiphonic chanting among Tibetan lamas and meditates 8 hours a day with a Zen master. Dist: Films Media Group. 1996. 58 min. Video/C 4581

History and Contemporary Politics in India
Professor Romila Thapar, Professor Emeritus of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India visited the University of California at Berkeley at the invitation of the Center for South Asia Studies and the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies to present two lectures in November 2002. The lecture held November 6, 2002 in the University of California at Berkeley's Sibley Auditorium was titled "History and Contemporary Politics in India".

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Documents the Hindu harvest festival of Holi when Krishna's life is celebrated. This film brings the color and vitality of the festival to life as it is celebrated in the villages of the Vraj region of northern India between Delhi and Agra. The role of the Hindu deities is also discussed along with the significance of certain rituals as they pertain to Krishna's life. 1990. 57 min. Video/C 7044

Holi Hey!: A Festival of Love, Color, and Life.
An indepth examination of the annual North India Spring festival of Holi as celebrated in the city of Banaras (Varanasi, Kashi). The film dramatizes how once each year the festival unites neighborhoods, breaches the barriers of age, caste, social rank and religious affiliation and calls all to share in unity and merriment. A respected Banaras brahman provides commentary recounting several explanations for the Holi festival. 1996. 54 min. Video/C 5583

Filmed entirely in India, this film explores the ideas of homeland, identity and resettlement as seen through the choices and dreams of two women. An East Indian American woman, who immigrated to theUnited States as a college student, returns to India ten years later to work through the conflicts she experienced with her family and to come to an understanding and acceptance of her Indian identity. 1992. 37 min. Video/C 3236

Homecoming (Glasnost Film Festival; 8).
Veterans of the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan returned home with unresolved feelings about a demoralizing and unpopular war. The first film to document the human impact of the Afghan war. 1987. 17 min. Video/C 1597

Hunza: The Legendary Land.
Presents the breath-taking beauty of the snow-capped mountains of the Karakoram Range and examines the architecture, folk culture, and traditions of the Wakhi and Burusho people of Hunza in Northern Pakistan. 1989. 38 min. Video/C 3736

I Am a Sufi, I Am a Muslim.
The program travels to India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Macedonia to explore exactly what is Sufism and observe how it is practiced in various parts of the world today. Among the many aspects of Sufism featured in the program are the whirling dervishes of Turkey, who find God through ecstasy; ecstatic fakirs in Macedonia, where there is a big revival in popular Sufism; and the vital role of music in Sufism in India and Pakistan. The program also features Nusrat Ali Khan, the most famous performer of Qawali music. Dist: Films Media Group. 1994. 52 min. Video/C 5174

Identity: The Construction of Selfhood.
Explores the gamut of modes in which identities are produced, circulated and consumed within the modern urban Indian culture. Traversing a multi-cultural terrain inhabited by Paul Klee, A. K. Ramanujan, popular television commercials, the writings of riot-affected children, Michel Foucault, and poet Sant Kabir, this film is an invitation to examine the praxis of identity as a site of resistance and change. 1994. 20 min. PAL format Video/C 467

If You Pause in a Museum of Craft
A cinematic document of the reflections of the urban middle class on varied images and experiences while visiting the National Crafts Museum in New Delhi India and the concealed stories of the people behind the art and craft exhibitions. 2004. 30 min. DVD X923

Images of India: The Land & People
This program explores India's diversity in her land, culture, religion, history, and daily life. Dist: Films Media Group. 1998. 32 min. Video/C 6108

In Gandhi's Footsteps: the Manibhai Desai/BAIF Story
Documentary on the life and philosophy of Manibhai Desai, 1920-1993, disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of Bharatiya Agro-Industries Foundation (BAIF), created to improve the socio-economic conditions of the rural poor of India. PAL format. 1999. 29 min. Video/C 7945

In Memory of Friends.
Documents the violence and terror in Punjab, India - a land torn apart by religious fundamentalists and a repressive government. Focuses on the unlikely martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, a young socialist hanged by the British in 1931 at the age of 23. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 3098

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In Search of Gandhi. (Why Democracy? Series)
In the early twentieth century, Mahatma Gandhi inspired millions of Indians to agitate for the establishment of a democratic and free India. In 2007, India celebrated the 60th anniversary of its existence as an independent nation. But what kind of democracy does India have today, and what does it mean to actually live in the world's largest democracy? Adopting the conventions of a road-movie, the film crew travels down the famous trail of Gandhi's salt march, stopping at the same villages and cities where Gandhi and his followers raised their call for independence... to document the stories of ordinary citizens in India today and to discover the current and future state of democracy in India. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2008. 53 min. DVD X370

In the Name of God.
Discusses the conflict in Ayodhya (Faizabad, India) between Hinduism and Islam and the drive to build a Hindu temple to Ram where a mosque currently exists. 1992. 97 min. Video/C 2612

Incarnate Buddha Kings of the Dragon Country: Buddhism in Bhutan.
The focus of this presentation is on the development of Buddhism in Bhutan, which shown to be an integral part of the history of that country. 1991. 37 min. Video/C 2470

India. (Emerging Powers; 2)
Examines India's transformation from socialism to capitalism, from poverty to prosperity. Looks at India's liberalization program, large industrial base, nuclear energy program, and market reforms. Includes interviews with entrepreneurs such as Abdul Rehman, who makes satellite dishes, and Arya Bhattacherjee, founder of India's first computer chip design company and a tour of Bajaj Auto, India's largest scooter maker and a visit to the Bombay Stock Exhange. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 4305

India After Independence.
This program covers the anxious years since India became independent in 1947: the rioting and bloodshed of the first few weeks of independence; Gandhi's assassination and its aftermath; India's invastion of Portuguese Goa and clash with Chinese forces along the northeast border; the death of Nehru; the war in Kashmir; the accession of Indira Gandhi; the creation of Bangladesh; violence by and against Sikhs; the events at the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the assassination of Indira Gandhi. 1990. 21 min. Video/C 4582

India Cabaret.
Examines the rules and double standards of India's patriarchal society. Focuses on a group of female strippers who work in a nightclub in the suburbs of Bombay and the customers who lead traditional family lives. Comparisions are drawn between the lives of the cabaret dancers and those of the "virtuous Indian wife." Film concludes as one of the dancers leaves the cabaret life to marry and become "respectable". Directed by Mira Nair. 1985. 60 min. DVD X7101; Video/C 2568

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Nair, Mira. "India Cabaret: Reflections and Reactions." Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, vol. 8. 1986-1987 Fall-Winter. pp: 58-71.

India: Defying the Crown(Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict)
In 1930, Indian nationalists were impatient with British foot-dragging on promises to move India toward self-rule, and appointed Mohandas Gandhi to lead "the final struggle for freedom." Relying on nonviolent methods he developed in South Africa, Gandhi empowered millons who followed his example and his campaign of civil disobedience swept the country, forcing the British to admit that their regime was losing control. Dist: Films Media Group. 2000. 30 min. Video/C 7373

India, Environment & Industry. (Geographical Eye Over Asia)
India's fast economic growth is creating pressures on the environment that are hard to resist. This program looks at the Dehra Dun Valley, where the mining of limestone for steel production has led to hazardous environmental pollution. Will the development in Dehra Dun be a model for the future? Can India afford to protect the quality of its environment? Can it afford not to? Dist: Films Media Group. 1996. 20 min. Video/C 4585

India, Farming & Development. (Geographical Eye Over Asia)
Explores the changes in traditional farming in India by examining the case of a farmer and his family who live in the Trivandrum District of Kerala in the south of India. Here, farmers are moving away from the traditional cultivation of rice, to grow cash crops like spices and pineapples. The reasons are complex, but provide a fascinating insight into understanding farming in India. Dist: Films Media Group. 1996. 20 min. Video/C 4586

India: From Moghuls to Independence.
Covers the history of India from the time of Genghis Khan's first extension of his domain beyond China, through the Mogul Empire to independence from the British Empire. 1990. 42 min. Video/C 4578

India: Holy Cow
Women filmakers travel to India to find women who revel in their country's spiritual fabric and ethic of giving back, among them a cop who tempers rifle practice with meditation, a former journalist battling the sex trade in Mumbai, the first Indian woman to summit Everest, a labor union organizer, and a woman percussionist. c2001. 54 min. Video/C 8524

India: The Empire of the Spirit (Legacy.).
Ancient India is with us today in the living tradition of the Hindu religion, the basis of Indian culture. India has kept true to its ancient tradition of non-violence and spiritual search, even as it became part of the modern world. 1991. 57 min Video/C 3018

India Inhales. (Life; 12)
Every day in India, another 55,000 children start smoking. This film explores the cynicism of the major global tobacco companies' campaigns in India with particular reference to the largest firm in India, ITC Limited. It also looks at the work of activists who have pledged to try to stop them -- and to halt the soaring increase in cancer cases in India that result from smoking. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7772

India: The Little Serfs
This program spotlights the exploitation of children inIndia as bond slaves in the rug-weaving, bangle-making, quarrying, and gemstone-cutting industries and the measures being taken to eradicate this practice. Dist: Films Media Group. c2000. 45 min. Video/C 7840

India: The Struggle for Independence: A History of India From the Moguls to the End of the British Empire
From the rise of the Moghul empire under Babur in 1526 to the setting of the sun on the British Raj in 1948, this program surveys four centuries of history during which India slowly but decisively shook off foreign rule. Dist: Films Media Group. 1999. 30 min Video/C 7033

India, The Textile Industry. (Geographical Eye Over Asia)
Dist: Films Media Group.1996. 20 min. Video/C 4584

India: The Turmoils of the Century.
This documentary film traces the history of the past 100 years of the Indian subcontinent. The film chronicles Ghandi's independence movement, World War II with the subsequent British withdrawal, and the partitioning of India and Pakistan in 1947. It details the religious riots and pogroms that followed and continue to plague such regions as Kashmir, Punjab, Assam and Sri Lanka. It follows the political fortunes of the Nehru and Bhutto families. In addition to detailing internal politics, the film also shows the role of India and Pakistan with regard to the Soviet Union and China. 1994. 120 min Video/C 3961

India: The Untouchables: The Small Secret of India
Today it is illegal in India to discriminate against Dalits, which literally means "the oppressed," the term now commonly used to refer to India's former untouchables. Despite the legal abolition of untouchability a half-century ago, they continue to be the target of systematic discrimination and comprise a highly disproportionate percentage of India's illiterate, landless and jobless population. Dalits number 260 million Hindus, making caste discrimination one of the world's biggest human rights issues. The film describes several examples of caste discrimination and also discusses the landlord-sponsored militia, Ranbir Sena's Army, which is attacking agricultural laborers and their families, all of them Dalits. The Ranbir Sena says the Dalits will be targets unless they cease their agitation for better pay and land and repudiate the Naxhalites. These are Maoist armed-activists who have gained a following in parts of Bihar by assisting agricultural workers in organizing and defending themselves from landlord violence. Produced and directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos. 2006. 57 min. DVD 8685

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India: Working to End Child Labor. (What in the World? People of the Developing Nations)
This documentary follows the lives of 5 child laborers in India: Bala (11) and Rama (9), stone cutters; an 8 year old girl who makes incense sticks; a 7 year old girl who works 10 hours a day in the poppy fields and a 10 year old boy who was pulled out of school to tend cattle. Also tells of the work of political science professor Shanta Sinha's program that rescues children from jobs and places them in a special school program. The film makes a strong case that child labor increases poverty levels. Dist: Films Media Group. 2004. 26 min. DVD 5450

Indian Classical Music.
Compilation of performances featuring some of the finest musicians of India: Ali Akbar Khan, Alla Rakha, Amjad Khan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Ravi Shankar. Each a supreme virtuoso of his instrument, the artists perform ragas that illustrate the range, scope and texture of Indian classical music. Dist: Films Media Group. 1994. 85 min. Video/C 4583

Indian Journeys
Layer upon layer of archaeological ruins in India mirror its history of religious strife. Historian William Dalrymple guides viewers through the remains of edifices in the City of Delhi that played a role in religious confrontations. He shows where the Muslim Turks from Afghanistan built their mosque from the ruins of Hindu temples. Hindus and Muslims were always at war with only Sufism, a mystical religion of Persia, able to span the two religions. Currently the BJP, the right wing Hindu Nationalist party, threatens warfare against the Muslims. Will India be able to survive in an age of fundamentalism? 1999. 52 min. Video/C 7543

An Indian Pilgrimage--Kashi
Presents a documentary on a pilgrimage to the sacred city of Kashi on the Ganges River. Follows two Telegu-speaking brahmans and their wives who come from south India to perform classical ancestor rites. Shows some of the tenets of Hinduism as the pilgrims are instructed in the correct performance of the rites by a brahman Telegu-speaking priest. 1980. 30 min. Video/C 4263

An Indian Pilgrimage--Ramdevra.
Presents a documentary on a folk pilgrimage to Ramdevra, India. Follows a group of Hindus from Bombay to the grave of Ramdev, a medieval hero and saint of Rajasthan. Shows ways in which the Hindu pilgrims are free to worship, their collective offering at Ramdev's grave, and their interactions with other pilgrims, shoppers, preachers, hawkers, and devotional singers who throng the festival. Devotional songs telling the stories of Ramdev feature prominently in film. 1990. 26 min Video/C 3773

Indus to Independence: A Journey Through Indian History.
Beginning with the Stone Age, this program unfolds India's past era by era, covering the Indus Valley civilization, the Vedic Age, the Mauryan empire, the Gupta Age, the southern kingdoms, the Muslim invasion, the Mogul and Maratha empires, the British Raj, and independence. The impact of India's diverse religions -- Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity -- is also explored. Dist: Films Media Group. c2000. 34 min. Video/C 7835

Industrial Greenbelt: A War on Pollution
Profiles a successful industrial greenbelt reforestation project, a joint effort of BAIF Development Research Foundation and National Organic Chemical Industries Limited (NOCIL) of India. PAL format. 1999. 17 min. Video/C 7944

Islam and Feminism.
Film examines the inequities in Pakistan's Islamic law, which does not distinguish among rape, adultery and fornication. Under this law, the testimony of two women is valued as equal to that of one man. A rape victim can be charged under Islamic law with having had extramarital sex. This report examines these contradictions, and introduces efforts of women's organizations to battle the severe discrimination which Pakistani women must endure. Directed by Nighat Said Khan. c1991. 25 min. DVD X3937; Video/C 3051

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Islami Inqilab: Marahil-o Madarij.
A speech delivered by a Sunni religiopolitical leader from Pakistan, Israr Ahmad, concerning the different stages of an Islamic revolution with special reference to Pakistan. In Urdu. 1987. 168 min. Video/C 4730

It Takes a Child: Craig Kielburger's Story: A Journey into Child Labour
In 1995 when child labor activist Iqbal Masih was killed in Pakistan, that event changed Craig Kielburger's life forever. He went on a seven-week trip to South Asia to find out everything he could about the lives of child laborers. What he learned has turned him into a passionate, articulate, and incredibly effective advocate on their behalf. With a group of his peers Craig has founded "Free the Children," a children's organization that now has 10, 000 members in 20 countries. c1998. 56 min. Video/C 8118

It Takes a Village. (Life; 35)
In 1991 a cyclone struck Bangladesh. What was needed was a real experiment in community participation, one in which the villagers could decide what kind of health services were necessary and then take it upon themselves to facilitate those services. This segment looks at the construction of an experimental community health care center in Chakaria. c2002 23 min. Video/C 9845

Jag Mandir : the eccentric private theatre of the Maharana of Udaipur (Jag Mandir: Das excentrische Privattheater des Maharadscha von Udaipur)
The third film in Vol. 4 of a 6 volume collection of documentary and short films by Werner Herzog. Filmed at the Jag Mandir, the Maharana's island palace situated on India's Lake Pichola, a building that's slowly sinking. The occasion? A grand spectacle of folk dancing and performance: 500 performers speaking 23 languages dressed in luxuriant costumes. It's a celebration of folk traditions that, like the palace, may soon disappear. A film by Werner Herzog. 1991. DVD 6504

Jagriti (The Awakening).
This film is about Jagriti, a school for the children of Motia Khan, a slum in the poorest district of Delhi. Although set in India, this film is a case study of the political roadblocks, red tape, and corruption often encountered by samaritans in poor areas all around the world. 1991. 25 min. Video/C 3043

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Jardhar Diary
Documentary television program on the protests by people in India against the destruction of thousands of acres of forests in the mountains of the Himalayas. These villagers are willing to give up their lives to save their homes. In addition the film talks about the role the women are taking in these activities and how they have become the backbone of the economy of the region. Written & directed by Krishnendu Bose. 2002. 29 min. Video/C MM860

Jalsah-yi am Haidarabad, 31 Aktubar.
In Urdu. An address at a large public gathering at Hyderabad, Pakistan, by the convenor of the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQA), on organization striving for the sociopolitical rights of immigrants from India. 1988. 158 min. PAL format. Video/C 3907

Jama Masjid Street Journal.
An early film by Mira Nair, this is her personal record of street life in the Moslem community surrounding the Jama Masjid, or Great Mosque, in the old city of Delhi, India. 1979. 20 min. Video/C 4724

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Jari Mari: Of Cloth and Other Stories
Jari Mari is a sprawling slum colony adjacent to Mumbai's international airport. Its narrow lanes house hundreds of small sweatshops where women and men work, without the right to organise. Their existence is on the edge as their illegal dwellings could be demolished any time by the airport authorities and jobs have to be found anew everyday. This documentary explores the lives of the people of Jari Mari and records the many changes in the nature of Mumbai's workforce over the past two decades. 2001. 74 min. PAL format. DVD 1826

Jhansi Ki Rani.
A docu-drama (36 episodes on 9 videotapes) of the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai, the 19th century queen of Jhansi known as Manu to her friends, who led her armies into battle against the British East India Company during the 1857 rising known in Britain as "The Mutiny." The film chronicles Lord Dalhousie's annexation policies which had forced a treaty upon the aged King Gangadhar Rao. The high priest who controled the throne and who opposed the signing of the treaty, persuaded the king to marry Manu, making her the rightful successor to the king instead of the scheming Sadashiv Rao who was on the side of the British. Much of the film consists of battle scenes in this spectacular account of one of the best-known Indian historicals. Originally produced in the 1990's by Sahara Indian T.V. Network in 36 episodes of 26 min. each; ca. 936 min. total running time. Video/C 6981:1-9

Jivana ka eka aura nama Vishnu Prabhakara.
A documentary on the Hindi author, Vishnu Prabhakar including conversations with Padma Sacadeva and others. PAL format. In Hindi. 1997. 60 min. Video/C 6177

Join the Doyens as They Talk About Their Companies' Journey to the Top League
Looks at firms in India and the strategies of their CEO's in bringing their companies into the top ranks of successful Industries. Here they share their visions, ideas and strategic insights on competing in the global marketplace. Participants: Narayan Murthy, Rahul Bajaj, Ajay Piramal, Subhash Chandra, Deepak Parekh, Sumantra Ghoshal, Gita Piramal. Based on "Managing radical changes by Prof. Sumantra Ghoshal, Gita Piramal, and Chris Barlett". c2005. 357 min. DVD 8920

Kaal Chakra.
In Hindi. A dramatization which depicts a struggle between police and gundas. 1987. 148 min. Video/C 3900

Kala Pani.
Feature film, portraying the calamities that beset a jobless young man, Aslam, and his 5 year old brother Pappoo. The day after their mother's death, Pappoo wanders around in search of food, is hit by a car, and is taken away by the car owner for treatment. Meanwhile, Aslam marries his ailing teacher's daughter, but they are soon evicted from the house by the landlord for non-payment of rent. Aslam's wife is kidnapped and killed by a gangster, Silawar, but through the latter's machinations, Aslam is proved guilty and is transported for life. His daughter is also kidnapped by Dilawar and is brought up and trained as a dancer. On getting this news, Aslam escapes from jail, kills Dilawar and his men, and meets his daughter, but is rounded up by the police party, headed by his brother, Pappoo, and is sentenced to death. In Urdu. 1980. 151 min. Video/C 3919

Documentary highlighting the poor conditions of the people of Kalahandi district, an ex-princely State located in the southwestern part of Orissa. Because of inadequate/erratic rainfall the district is stricken with chronic drought conditions, failure of crops, food scarcity and exodus of population. 2005. 45 min. DVD X73

Portrays the daily life of Kalakshetra, India's finest center for the performing arts, showing students learning from India's leading exponent of music and dance, Rukmini Devi. Culminates in a spectacular exposition of dance drama. 1986. 50 min. Video/C 7268

Kamala and Raji.
Two working women in Ahmedabad, India , try to organize their fellow workers. Kamala is an organizer for the Self-Employed Women's Association and Raji is a representative of the vegetable sellers. Co-directors, Cheryl Groff and Shireen Huq. c1990. 46 min. DVD X1407; vhs Video/C 1786

Kahankar, Ahankar: Story Maker, Story Taker.
Film brings together a selection of the legends and paintings of the Warlis, and writings about these Adivasis who live close to Bombay. These stories represent their history and world-view but outsiders; the Portuguese, the Marathas, and the British have all tried to obliterate this history and wisdom. The works here of the outsiders about the Warlis represent this process. By bringing together these disparate discourses, this film aspires to critique these mythologies and to read between the lines. 1995. 38 min. PAL format Video/C 4897

Karnar Mitingz: 6 Tarikhi Karnar Mitingz se Altaf Husain ka Khitab
In Urdu. Addresses at corner meetings in Karachi, Pakistan, prior to the 1988 general elections, by the convenor of the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQA), on organization striving for the sociopolitical rights of immigrants from India. 1988. 178 min. Video/C 3912

Kashmir: A Kashmiri Viewpoint
An eleven-part series of interviews with politicians, journalists, militants and ordinary Kashmiris about the separatist conflict that began in 1989. [1999?] 11 tapes: 120 min. each. Video/C 7679

Kashmir: Valley of Despair
In the valley of Kashmir which is occupied by both India and Pakistan, the Kashmiri people want an independent, autonomous state, which India refuses to grant. India fears that if Kashmir gains sovereignty, other ethnic minorities may also demand independence. The Kashmiri rebels, backed by Pakistan and Indian government provides a historic analysis of the political, religious, and ethnic causes of the ongoing Kashmir conflict. Dist: Films Media Group.1998. 44 min. Video/C 7035

Kasthuri: A Documentary.
Kasthuri, a 21-year-old film actress working in Madras, India, explains traditional Indian film themes and contemporary influences. As the filmakers follow her about her daily routines of rehearsals, visits with friends and shopping with her mother, they expose the paradox between her public and private life. Although Kasthuri is very successful and well exposed to Western culture, she chooses not to challenge the traditional values of her culture, but is content to have her parents arrange a marriage for her to the man of their choosing. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 4925

Keep Her Under Control: Law's Patriarchy in India
Filmed in northeastern Rajasthan, India, this video documents a dispute resolution in a multi-caste village of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs. The film discusses the Meos, a Muslim farming caste, and shows the paradox between a male ideology that demands the control of women and one woman's refusal to live by the moral and legal codes of the village's Islamic patriarchy. Produced by Erin Moore. C1998. 53 min. DVD X3269

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Khuda ki Basti.
In Urdu. Play on social problems created by wayward urchins in the slum areas of a metropolitan society in Pakistan. 4 videocassettes. 1988. Video/C 3903

Khushboo ka Safar: PTV Musical Programme.
In Urdu. Modern Urdu songs lyp-synched by a variety of reputed television artists. Performer: Himayat Ali Shaier. Gulbahar Bano, Muhammad Ali Sheikhi, Tina Sani, Afshan Ahmad, and others. 1980. 335 min. Video/C 3908

Kill or Cure?(Life; 5)
Travels to India, whose pharmaceutical industry has been a leader in producing low cost drugs for the developing world for over a decade. Now, India's $4.5 billion pharmaceutical industry is at a crossroads following a new law introduced there in January 2005. TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) is an agreement drawn up by the World Trade Organization between 1986 and 1994 to ensure intellectual property rights are respected within international trade. The government says that despite the new law, they are committed to supplying drugs at an affordable price. But those actually working in the health system have doubts. Directed by Reena Mohan. 2005. 26 min. DVD 8392

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A Killer Bargain
An indictment of the corporate irresponsibility of various Indian textile companies, who expose their workers to dangerous chemicals (long since banned in the developed world) and pollute their surrounding environments. Consumers who remain unaware of the conditions under which the goods they buy are produced must hold companies accountable. Director, Tom Heinemann. 2006. 57 min. DVD 8482

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King of Calls: Telemarketers in India /
In a call center in India, young sales agents struggle to sell an unmarketable product and are at risk for losing their jobs. This poignant but humorous film points up the absurdities that can occur in the global telemarketing industry. Equipped with new American names and rudimentary English, they begin to pursue customers. Confusion reigns supreme, and no sales are made as the agents frantically dial, fearing the loss of their precious jobs. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2008. 29 min. DVD X1299

Bombay Calling DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; Video/C 9721
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

Kings, Lovers and Thieves
Documentary shows a filmic representation of a rare behind-the-scenes look at India's improvisational and often bawdy form of folk opera, Nautanki and Khyal. These forms of travelling roadside folk theater unfold well known stories. 1995. 35 min. Video/C MM879

Knowing Her Place.
An Indian woman looks at her life, her marriage, and her role in contemporary society both in India and the United States. A videotape by Indu Krishnan. 1990. 40 min. DVD X3854; Video/C 2198

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Kotla Walks: Performing Locality
Explores the changing urban lifestyles in contemporary India ...people caught between local tradition and the effects of globalization. The film provides a richly detailed portrait of the residents of Kotla Mubarakpur, an "urban village" in South Delhi, by focusing on the family of Sarita and Raman Bhardwaj and their friends and neighbors. Raman is concerned about the effects of television on his children, and prefers 'chatting' on the internet, whereas Sarita battles to have the recently disconnected 'cable TV' restored. The Bhardwaj's acquaintances include Jaidev, who is an aspiring musician, Arnima, who wants to be a film-star, and the local policewoman, Satish Bhati, who is friendly with fellow members of her Gujar community. Director, Simon Wilmot. 2005. 94 min. DVD X3288

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Kumar Talkies.
Documents the impact of the movie theater Kumar Talkies on the residents of the northern Indian town of Kalpi by juxtaposing the reality of Kalpi, where poverty affects all facets of life, with the world of rebellion and romance on the silver screen. The film explores not only the meaning of cinema in Kalpi, but also the status of film in all of India, especially the relationship between Bollywood and its audience. Produced, directed and edited by Pankaj Rishi Kumar.1998. 76 min. Video/C 7898

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Kumari: Living Goddess of Nepal
In Nepal an ancient tradition survives to this day : young girls are chosen to become goddesses and taken away from their families to live in a temple where people come to worship them and pray for good fortune. In a country where girls are seen as second class citizens, the worshipping of a girl child could be seen as a positive role model, but some are adamant that the tradition should be stopped as the young girls miss out on their family and school life and suffer serious psychological problems as a result. This film looks at the life of three young goddesses and explores the debates for and against this unique tradition. A film by Tassia Kobylinska. c2005. 27 min. DVD X4230

Ladakh, a Tantric Buddhist Shangri-la nestled high in the Himalayas, was isolated from the modern world until the mid-70s. To live amongst the energies of gods and demons, villagers rely on both a scholarly monk and the shaman. Film reveals the ancient patterns of Ladakhi life--courtship, family affairs, faith, and the struggle to make a living in a rugged land. 1992. 86 min. Video/C 4529

Lady of Gingee
Describes celebrations of a Draupadi festival in two villages in northern Tamilnadu (South Indoa) in May and June, 1986. Shows the most prominent events of the festival in Melacceri, including episodes of Terukuttu ("village" or "street") dramas, and village participation in fire-walking. Highlights from the festival are supplemented by interviews with key participants in the celebrations. 1988. 113 min. Video/C 4262

Lage Jiva Ghar Ghar: A Document on Women and Shelter.
Traces the differential socialization of the girl child in India, which is geared towards preparation for marriage, rather than for earning an independent livelihood. It highlights the skewed access to ownership of property in a patriarchal society which denies women their basic right to shelter, forcing them to continue living in abusive marriages. Also examinines the limitation of alternative sources of shelter, such as working women's hostels, shelter homes for women in distress and homes for the aged. 199? 44 min. PAL format. Video/C 466

A Lake View.
Examines the environmental problems resulting from the deposition of wastes from nearby residential houses into the Dhanmondi Lake which was excavated in the 60's as part of the Dhaka Urban Development Program. PAL format. In Bengali. 1997. 16 min. Video/C 6176

A Land Tilled with Blood
A documentary on the activities of the banned Naxalite Organization operating in Bihar. (On same tape with Manipur, Nowhere to Hide) 1996. 35 min. Video/C 5121

Larger Than Life: India's Bollywood Film Culture
This program travels through the landscape of Indian cinema, providing contrasts and comparisons with its counterpart in the West. Interviews with Shahrukh Kahn and Manisha Koirala examine the pressures of Indian film acting. Shot in Bombay, Andhra Pradesh, and other locations in India, winter 2000-winter 2002. Dist: Films Media Group. 57 min. DVD 3745

The La$t Market
Featuring an interview with C. K. Prahalad, Professor of Corporate Strategy at the University of Michigan, "The Last Market" explains how the world's poor, who collectively have enormous buying power, represent an untapped engine of global economic growth. The film explores the pros and cons of strategies to market to the poor, questioning whether it is truly possible for corporations such as Philips to revamp capitalism so that it works for everyone. Can poverty be fought with profitability? Is this a win-win situation or merely a neocolonial strategy in disguise? Focuses on the Dutch multinational corporation, Philips, and its efforts to develop one of the world's largest emerging markets in India with new products, including an inexpensive woodstove and a battery-charged lamp. A film by Shuchen Tan. c2007. 48 min. DVD X254

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Learning Bharata Natyam
Noted Indian dancer-scholar Dr. Kanak Rele demonstrates Bharata Natyam dance techniques and training. PAL format. 1999. 56 min. Video/C 7928

Learning to Read and Rewrite: A Document on Tribal Education in Thane District.
Discusses the reasons for the persistence of adivasi illiteracy despite the efforts of the state and welfare agencies through formalized education. Identifies the educational components implicit in the action programs of some voluntary groups in order to make a case for an education that places literacy in the context of cultural identity. 1990. 60 min. PAL format Video/C 464

The Legacy of Malthus. (Developing Stories)
Discusses Malthus's theories of population and the causes of poverty. As film contrasts the 19th century poor in Scotland with today's poor in India, it takes on the international population "establishment", challenging the entrenched view that overpopulation alone is responsible for poverty and environmental destruction. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 3874

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Lesser Humans.
An investigative documentary on the harsh realities of the lives and livelihood of the Bhangis living in Gujarat, India. PAL format. 1998. 59 min. Video/C 7923

Life and Death of a Dynasty.
For most of the past half-century, modernIndia has been a democracy ruled by three charismatic individuals -- Jawaharal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi. The film explores the lives of these three leaders and analyzes the driving forces behind their personal and national ambitions. 1991. 90 min. Video/C 2148

Lines in the Dust(City Life; 20)
A segment from a series documenting the effects of globalization on individuals and coummunities around the world. Part 20: In a small village in northern Ghana, a group of men and women discuss their daily chores with the help of a chart they've drawn in the dust. This village is part of a program called Reflect, which aims to reach the 900 million illiterate adults across the world. Reflect uses participants' own knowledge and experience as starting points for learning. Also looks at this program in India, and how it not only teaches people to read, write, and work with numbers, the participants are also changing ideas about men's and women's separate workloads, standing up for their rights, earning more money for their families, and becoming self-assured.c2001. 30 min. Video/C 8948

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Litigating Disaster.
The worst and deadliest chemical disaster of all time occurred in 1984 in Bhopal, India. Vast amounts of toxic gas leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide factory, killing thousands of people and poisoning hundreds of thousands of others. This film documents this tragedy and presents the legal evidence assembled against Union Carbide including never before seen documents and exclusive interviews with former Union Carbide officers. A film by Ilan Ziv. c2004. 58 min. DVD 5257

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Little Clay Cart.
A traditional Sanskrit play, written in 1400 by King Sudraka is performed by the Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance, directed by Betty Bernhard and Kailash Pandya. c1994. 115 min. Video/C 7191

The Loom (Saacha)
A film about the poet Narayan Surve, the painter Sudhir Patwardhan, and the city of Mumbai (Bombay). Explores the work of Surve and Patwardhan, and their involvement in the Left movement, and looks at Mumbai as the origin and centre of the working class movement in India. Directed by Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar. 2001. 49 min. DVD 8918

Lost Generations. (Life; 24)
Maternal poverty and malnutrition have increased dramatically in India since the early '90's. Low birth weight babies from malnourished mothers grow up to become malnourished themselves and in turn give birth to more low birth weight babies. This film explores what can be done to break the cycle of poverty and ill-health that condemns whole populations to sub-standard lives. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7784

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Love in India
A filmmaker explores the cultural traditions and contradictions across the sexually conservative land of the Kama Sutra. A film by Q. (i.e., Qaushiq Mukherjee. 91 min. 2009. DVD X5435
Loving Krishna.
Explores the worship of Krishna in India within families and in large celebrations including the Celebration of Krishna's Birth and the Chariot Journey of Krishna. A film by Allen Moore and Akos Ostor. 1985. 40 min. Video/C 5836

Luv Kush: Ramayan Uttar Kand.
Sequel to the televison version of the ancient Indian classic, Ramayan. PAL format. In Hindi-Urdu. 1989. 8 videocassettes, 521 min. Video/C 3952

M. Gopalakrishna Adiga
A presentation on the life and works of the Kannada author, M. Gopala Krishna Adiga, b. 1918. 1998. 60 min. PAL format. Video/C 6958

Made in India.
Portrait of the women's organization in India, called SEWA, that holds to the simple yet radical belief that poor women need organizing, not welfare. Inspired by the political, economic and moral model advocated by Gandhi, SEWA has grown since it founding to a membership of 217,000 and its bank now has assets of over $4 million. SEWA is at its core a trade union for the self-employed that offers union membership to d) the illiterate women who sell vegetables, pick up scraps for recycling from the streets and engage in small cottage industries. A film by Patricia Plattner. 1998. 52 min.DVD X5644; Video/C 7083

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Made in India: A Film About Surrogacy
A feature length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India. The film shows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the context of a growing international industry, the film explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective. Co-produced by Rebecca Haimowitz, Vaishali Sinha; co-directed by Rebecca Haimowitz, Vaishali Sinha. 2010. 97 min. DVD X6322

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Magra Mewar Vikas Sanstha.
Evaluation of efforts made by Magra Mewar Vikas Sanstha, a coordinating voluntary agency of village committees in Rajasthan that have taken up sustainable development of their common property resources based on the principles of contributory voluntary labor and equitable distribution of produce. This film evaluates these efforts in the context of on-going ecological degradation of the central Aravallis and governmental initiatives to remedy the situation. 1990. 68 min. PAL format Video/C 472

Mahabharat: India's Greatest Epic.
This Hindu classic tells the story of the descendants of King Bharata, two families who lived in northern India, perhaps about 1200 B.C. The Pandava brothers lose their kingdom to their Kaurava cousins and engage in a mighty struggle to win it back. Many lives are lost in the conflict. The story illustrates the futility of war. Some of the heroes are taken from history, and some represent human ideals and gods.
PAL format, 47 videocassettes, ca. 3760 min.: some cassettes in Hindi only; some in Hindi with English subtitles. Video/C 3731
VHS format, 24 videocassettes, ca. 3899 min.: in Hindi with English subtitles. Video/C 5929

The Mahabharata.
Directed by Peter Brook. The world of the Mahabharata is of profound storytelling power and spiritual import; within it a civilization rises, falls, and is reborn. This set contains "The Game of Dice", "Exile in the Forest", and "The War." c1989. 328 min. DVD 8478; DVD 1697; also on vhs Video/C 2194 [Note: DVD 8478 is 13 minutes longer than DVD 1697 and includes a "making of" documentary]

Mahabharata Katha. 1, Draupadi Svayamvara.
A film presentation of the story of the Hindu religious text the Mahabharata. In Hindi. 1994. Video/C 4552

Maharajah Burger
The film takes a wry look at the cultural confrontation of East and West, as reflected in attitudes towards the cow. In India, where the cow is revered, when MacDonalds opened up in New Delhi featuring the Maharajah Burger, there was outrage at this affront. To many Indians it is a symbol of Western cultural imperialism--Western greed undermining traditional values in India. Director: Thomas Balmes. 1997. 50 min. Video/C 6530

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Mahatma Gandhi: The Great Soul Lives
Traces the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi from London, where he first studied law; to South Africa, where he established his first ashram; to India, where he worked tirelessly for independence. More than a biography, this documentary seeks to understand the essence of Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy, which guided India in its struggle for independence and continues to inspire others in their efforts to achieve freedom. Dist: Films Media Group. 2000. 60 min. Video/C 7034

Mahatma Gandhi, Soul Force.
Examines Mahatma Ghandi's philosophy of nonviolence and his quest for Indian self-respect and independence from British rule. Includes archival footage. 1978. 30 min. Video/C 833

Male Degula: Temple on the Hill
A documentary film on the life of Kannada poet Pu. Ti. Narasimhachar, born 1905. PAL format. [2000.] 35 min. Video/C 7927

Manifestations of Shiva.
Shows the worship of the Hindu god Shiva on a personal level, through dance, art, music and ritual. Without narration, it aims to convey a feeling for the events represented, through observation of those experiencing the events, rather than through didactic explanation. Presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to compliment the exhibition Manifestations of Shiva. 1985. 60 min. Video/C 4541

Manipur, Nowhere to Hide
tells the inside story of the Northeast Indian state, Manipur, and its fragmention by insurgency. (On same tape with A Land Tilled with Blood) 1996. 41 min. Video/C 5121

Mardon Wali Baat.
In Hindi. Historical film based on the activities of Thugs in pre-independence India. 1987. 172 min. Video/C 3901

Marriages in Heaven
Arranged marriages have been an important aspect of traditional Indian culture since ancient times, and they are still common today. This illuminating documentary explores the ways in which globalization and modernization are affecting young people and changing the traditions of marriage among Indians living both in India and in America. This documentary was produced in the Community Documentary Workshop of the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Department of San Francisco State University. 2000. 27 min. DVD 6441

A film in twelve chapters which tells the tales of people from Bombay, Mexico City, Moscow and New York, who are all struggling for daily survival, with ingenuity, intelligence and dignity. Focuses on the lives of Shankar, the Bioscope Man; Modesto, the chicken feet vendor; Baba Khan, the paint recycler; Nestor, the trash scavenger; street kids Oleg, Borya, Kolya and Misha; Cassandra, the performer; Larissa, the crane driver and Toni, the hustler. 1998. 90 min. Video/C 8920

Memories of Milk City.
Ahmedabad, in the Gujarat regionof India, is a troubled city. Once home to the ideas of Rajiv Gandhi, it has more recently suffered appaling communal violence. This film is a powerful but elegant lament to the city that once was. 1991. 10 min. Video/C 3055

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A documentary on the history of Muslim rule in South Asia, 712-1857, and the Pakistan movement through 1947. In Urdu. PAL format. 1988. 150 min. Video/C 3909

A Migrant's Heart. (Human Geography; 8)
An English actor whose parents came from India and then migrated to East Africa and finally England returns to visit New Delhi, India, to seek his roots, and to work through ethnic identity problems which can result when one is caught between two worlds. 1996. 27 min. Video/C 4248

Minorities in Pakistan
Documentary on freedom of religious activities and rights of minorities in Pakistan. 19 min. 1999? PAL format. Video/C 9504

Mirat ul Uroos.
In Urdu. Television play. Performer: Arifa Siddiqui, Irsa Ghazal, Pervaiz Raza, Anjum Ayaz, Attiya Sharaf, Tamana Begum Tani Begum. 1980. Video/C 3913

Mithila Painters: Five Village Artists from Madhubani, India.
Interviews with five Indian painters who live in Mithila and practice the ancient folk painting unique to the North Indian region of Madhubani. They display their works and explain their painting techniques and the folklore and stories which inspire their art. In Tamil with English voiceover.1994. 40 min. Video/C 3381

Modern Brides: Arranged Marriage in South India.
Describes two middle-class brahman marriages in Mysore, South India in 1983. Through interviews with the brides, the grooms, and other members of their families, the film represents varying views on marriage, family loyalty, and family status. 1985. 30 min. Video/C 3378

Monuments of Mahabalipuram: World Cultural Heritage Site
The Pallava kingdom was an ancient South Indian Tamil kingdom with their capital at Kanchipuram and the sea-port at Mahabalipuram. The story of south Indian stone architecture begins at Mahabalipuram whose style is the earliest and the simplest found in the rock-cut temples. In the cave temples of Narsimhavarman or the Mammalla style, the pillars are slender, ornamented and are supported by squatting lions. Each of the caves at Mahabalipuram is unique. The sculptural reliefs, the panch Pandava Ratgas, the Shore temple are the important landmarks of artistic achievements of the Pallavan rules. 2002. 23 min. DVD X924

Muft Bazar.
Report on a unique free bazar, organized and arranged for the benefit of the needy by the Muhajir Qaum Movement (MQM), an organization striving for the sociopolitical rights of the immigrants from India who opted for Pakistan in 1947 and settled mostly in the urban areas of Sind, Pakistand; includes glimpses of the organization's other social activities. 1989. 160 min. Video/C 3911

Mulk Raj Anand: A Writer and His Times
Documentary on the life and work of the indic author, Mulk Raj Anand. Also includes the author reading from his works and an interview. PAL format. 2001. 22 min. Video/C 9414

Mumbai Massacre
For many, what began as a typical day in a bustling cosmopolitan city turned into a nightmarish 60 hours of orchestrated terrorism broadcast live to the world via cell phones, Internet, text, and Twitter. The same social media tools used in consumer technology to relate vital real-time news of the escalating atrocities and information about victims' situation were also used by terrorists to coordinate and plan their attacks. Looks at how social media became a silent witness and simultaneously transformed news as it happened. Producer/director, Victoria Potts. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series Secrets of the dead on November 3, 2009. 60 min. DVD X5415

Looks at the life of a young girl in the Indian village of Mithila. Tells how changes in roles and attitudes have come to women there through ancient traditions of painting, but Munni learns the old ways from her grandmother and the new from her aunt. Her daily life exhibits the values of family and cultural continuity that are her legacy. 1990. 29 min. Video/C 4264

Mutthi Bhar Chawal.
In Urdu. A Social drama set in Pakistan. Performer: Nadeem, Sangeeta, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din, Shela Gul, Sari, Najma Begum, Romana, Kamal Irani. 1980. 140 min. Video/C 3914

A Musical Tradition in Banaras.
Centered around the activities and approach to music of Panchu Maharaj, a classical drummer and musical instructor at Banaras Hindu University. Viewer is invited into the home of Prof. Maharaj, to view private aspects of Indian family life including their religious customs. Includes practice sessions in the home where Indian music is played in the casual atmosphere in which it is most frequently heard. In Tamil with English voiceovers. 1990. 40 min. Video/C 3778

My Daughter the Terrorist
A rare, inside look at an organization that most of the world has blacklisted as a terrorist group. Made by the first foreign film crew to be given access to the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) of Sri Lanka. Dharsika and Puhalchudar have been living and fighting side-by-side for seven years as part of LTTE's elite force, the Black Tigers. Their story is told through cinema verite footage, newsreel footage, and interviews with the women and Dharsika's mother. The women describe heartbreaking traumas they both experienced at the hands of the Sri Lankan army, which led them to join the guerrilla forces. This documentary sheds light on the reasons that the Tamil Tigers continue their bloody struggle for independence while questioning their tactics. 2007. 58 min. DVD 9941

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My Journey, My Islam
Through interviews with Muslim women in Australia, India, Pakistan and Britain this film documents how they reconcile and interpret the requirements of their faith and the obligations of Western culture. Although the film focuses on the Hijab (veil) and the Burhka, it raises larger issues and questions surrounding identity, women's rights and their place in Muslim society. Includes an interview with former Pakitani premier, Benazir Bhutto who speaks of her experiences as a Muslim woman and how her beliefs in Islam were by no means a hindrance to her career. c1999. 56 min. Video/C 8133

My Mother India
Portrait of the filmmaker's family, her Sikh father and Australian mother, and her upbringing in New Delhi. "What begins as a gently humorous portrait unfolds into a complex commentary on the social, political, and religious events of the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 which tore this family apart. This is a powerful story of love and hate, exile and belonging, loss of identity and return to faith." Written and directed by Safina Uberoi; produced by Penelope McDonald. 2001. 52 min. Video/C 9783

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Naata: The Bond
Friends and activists, Bhau Korde and Waqar Khan, work with neighborhood peace committees in Dharavi, Mumbai to promote conflict resolution through the collective production and use of visual media. Korde and Khan are both long-time residents of Dharavi, Asia's largest slum, and both first-generation migrants to the city. When the deadly riots of 1992-93 tore the city apart, Korde and Khan were moved to act, working to change both the negative perception of Dharavi and erase religious and ethnic divisions. 2003. 45 min. DVD 8944

Nadera Nimai (Nimai of Nadia)
Film portrayal of the Indian religious reformer, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, from his birth to his taking of sannyasa (the renounced order) at the age of twenty-four. Originally produced as motion picture in Bengal, India, 1959. Inserted at the end of film: 4 minute documentary titled "The voice of the second generation," which documents the 1993 International Gurukula Reunion, held in Atlanta, New Vrindaban (W. Va.), and Los Angeles. 70 min. Video/C 6948

Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night
A documentary about the outsourcing of American jobs to India. From the perspective of an Indian immigrant living in the United States, using humor and satire to capture the lives of Indian telemarketers who undergo voice and accent training to speak to U.S. customers with an American accent. A complex look at life as per Eastern Standard Time in India. A film by Sonali Gulati. 2005. 27 min. DVD 5383

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Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

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A Narmada Diary.
Documents five years of activities by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (the Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the construction of the Sardar Sarover Dam in India. The people of the Narmada Valley, with their insistence on non-violence and their determination to drown rather than be shifted off their land, have become a symbol of global struggle against unjust and unsustainable development. Directed by Anand Patwardhan and Simantini Dhuru.1995. 60 min. DVD X3432; Video/C 7894

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Never Again?: Genocide Since the Holocaust
After the atrocities of World War II, the cry of conscience was "never again!" As this program demonstrates, that bitterly learned injunction went unheeded throughout much of the world. The chronicle of genocide continues with a look at Mao's purges in China, Cambodia under Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge, the Arab/Israeli conflict, border wars in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and killing in Central America. 2002. 57 min. Video/C 8744

New View New Eyes
An East Indian Canadian travels to India to meet her father's family. She finds that India is in no simple way her "home", yet she also can't hide behind the tourist's camera. Western representations of India are challenged as we see India through a weave of location imagery, music, poetry, conversation and journal entries. 1993. 49 min. Video/C 4254

Videotaped from the news program, India Today. Monthly subsciption from October 1990 through December 1995. Video/C 1820:1. [All shelved at NRLF: 1990:10 1990-1995:12]

Nilachale Mahaprabhu.
Film portrayal of Lord Chaitanya's pastimes as he revolutionized and respiritualized the Indian society. Depicts his life in Nilachal, Jagannath Puri from 1510 to 1534 during the reign of Gajapati Prataparudra Maharaj, King of Orissa. Originally produced as motion picture in Bengal, India, 1959. 79 min. Video/C 6949

Odhni: A Collective Exploration of Ourselves, Our Bodies.
A discussion by Indian women of different ages, backgrounds, and life experiences concerning what they have in common and the social and political empowerment of women in India. 1993. 23 min. PAL format Video/C 465

On the Road with the Red God Machhendranath
Captures the complex human elements behind the wheeled chariot festival of the deity Rato Machhendranath of the Kathmadu Valley, one of Asia's greatest ancient religious festivals. Instead of exotic idealised depictions of tradition, the film portrays the gritty reality of the festival where confict or solidarity can prevail, maping the dynamic interplay between tradition and modernity. Directed and written by Kesang Tseten. 2005. 72 min. DVD 6712

Once This Land Was Ours.
A poetic documentary about women agriculture workers in India and their struggle to provide for their families. 1991. 19 min. Video/C 3359

One Hundred Years of Drought
Examines the causes of recurrent drought in Maharashtra. Demonstrates the extent to which drought is a man-made phenomenon, including a review of the impact of colonial rule and the famine policy, as well as the post-independence path of development which has resulted in deforestation, soil erosion and depletion of ground water reserves. Examines alternative approaches involving people's participation in integrated watershed management based on the principles of sustainable development. 1993. 21 min. PAL formatVideo/C 475

The Other Side of Outsourcing
What happens when the demands of the global economy with all of its excess baggage of Westernizing forces collides with the deeply held traditions of an age-old culture like India's? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas L. Friedman heads to the heart of the conflict and examines how this clash of cultures is affecting the everyday lives of Indian workers, many of them young people, who are caught in the middle. Learn how this noble, proud society is coping with a struggle unlike any it's ever faced: balancing the desire to benefit from the opportunities offered by the new world market with internal efforts to protect their cultural heritage from the eroding influence of American values. 2004. 50 min. DVD 3508

Outsourcing: White Collar Exodus
Contents: The death of distance -- A twist of the twine -- My job went to India and all I got was this lousy t-shirt -- Regulation -- Good-bye middle class -- Sushi and tulips -- There is only one constant: change. More than two million jobs have been outsourced from the U.S. to India since 2000. This documentary explores factors that encourage the outsourcing (U.S. laws, special training and cheap wages in India ...) and the impact the outsourcing has on both the U.S. and Indian workers. Analysts consider possible U.S. policy and natural economic responses to the outsourcing. Dist: Films Media Group. 2005. 50 min. DVD 4515

Painted Ballad of India.
Takes place in the desert village of Rajasthan, on the western side of North India. Examines the painting of horizontal scrolls. The camera follows the ballad singer as he begins with the tale of Pabuji. The themes of his songs vary from ancient legends to contemporary social and political problems. 1980. 30 min. Video/C 2376

Pakistan, Past and Present
Documentary on socio-cultural and geographical aspects of Pakistan. 1999? 20 min. PAL format. Video/C 9503

A Pakistan television Urdu drama on the agonies and sufferings of Afghan refugees due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 1985. 90 min. Video/C 3800

Pandit Nehru: A Profile.
This film recounts the historic role played by Pandit Nehru, the first prime minister of an independent India. The film traces the development of his resistance to British rule and his socialist philosophy. It shows the mutal admiration he and Ghandi had for one another and how their differences complemented each other. Film includes archival footage of India's independence and the civil war that split India from Pakistan. 1996. 22 min. Video/C 4912

Pani Panchayat: Alternatives in Development.
Documents a water co-operative movement of small farmers in drought prone Taluka of Maharashtra. In part I the co-operative movement in Pani Panchayat is juxtaposed with the state's promotion of large irrigation projects while Part II appraises the effectiveness of water supply efforts at Pani Panchayat as an alternative model. 1990. 50 min. PAL format Video/C 474

Panihari: The Water Women of India
Looks at life in the desert communities of Rajasthan in India's Thar Desert. The film centers around the life of Paru, one of the Panihari (women who fetch water) as she struggles against nature and society to attain self-reliance for her family and herself. A film by Abi Devan and Sudhi Rajagopal. 2006. 30 min. DVD 5330

Pardesi Aeen Pyar.
In Sindhi. Feature film focussing on the ever increading incidence of dacoities, kidnappings and murders in the interior of Sindh, Pakistan. The ring leader of dacoits is killed along with his henchmen by a police officer who infiltrates their ranks disguised as a school teacher. 1980. 138 min. Video/C 3918

Partition of Pakistan.
In August 1947, Pakistan became a separate Muslim nation following the partitioning of India. This program examines the role of Pakistan's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, in Pakistan's fight to be recognized as a separate nation. It traces Jinnah's evolution from supporter of a British plan to preserve India as a single nation with Muslim autonomy, through his contentious relationship with Mahatma Gandhi, to his ultimate role as leader of the Pakistani separatist movement. Jinnah's legacy is examined in India and Pakistan, where he is alternately vilified and deified. Dist: Films Media Group. 1998. 50 min. Video/C 6113

Pastoral Politics: A Film on the Gaddi Herders of Himachal Pradesh
This profile of the life and customs of the Gaddi goat and sheep herders of Himachal Pradesh, India also takes a critical look at the proposal by the Dept. of Agriculture's Forestry Division of the Government of India to plant forests on the traditional grazing areas of the Gaddi herders, and the consequent changes (with mixed results) in the Gaddi herders' lifestyle. c1998. 29 min. Video/C 8153

Patently Obvious
Protection of intellectual property is the foundation of the 21st century's new knowledge economy. In the Indian state of Gujarat, Professor Anil Gupta travels from village to village seeking out grassroots inventors and helping them document their work and protect it with patents. Gupta's work not only helps these traditional knowledge keepers earn more money, but also allows them to earn respect and interest from the next generation. Video/C 8941

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Patents and Patients. (Life; 39)
In India the drug company Cipla produces generic copies of anti-retroviral drugs whose patents officially belong to pharmaceutical giants like Bristol Myers Squibb. But without a proper health infrastructure to ensure that the drugs are properly administered to patients, India faces the risk of a drug-resistant HIV explosion. c2002. 23 min. Video/C 9848
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Perspectives on Mental Health.
Traces the history of mental health services in India and the changing paradigms of mental illness, treatment, and rehabilitation, underlying these interventions. The models and approaches adopted by various institutions are explored, in the light of the need for low-cost, appropriate and accessible alternatives in the Indian context. 1991. 60 min. PAL format. Video/C 4898

Phantom India (L'Inde fantôme)
Louis Malle called his gorgeous and ground breaking Phantom India the most personal film of his career. And this extraordinary journey to India, originally shown as a miniseries on European television, is infused with his sense of discovery, as well as occasional outrage, intrigue, and joy. Directed by Louis Malle. 1969. 363 min. DVD 7512
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Photo Finish(Connections2 ; 7)
Uses the photographs to be taken of the Le Mans race winner as a backdrop to explore the interconnections between the development of photography, aerodynamics, celluloid, relativity, sound motion pictures, the timber industry, gaslight, creosote, the rubber industry, zeplins, and gasoline engines. 1994. 25 min. Video/C 3324

Photo Wallahs: An Encounter with Photography in Mussoorie, a North Indian Hill Station
The film focuses on the photographers of Mussoorie, a hill station in the Himalayan foothills of northern India whose fame has attracted tourists since the 19th century. Through a rich mixture of scenes that includes the photographers at work, their clients, and both old and new photographs, this film examines photography as art and as social artifact. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 9413

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Pilgrimage to Pittsburgh.
In 1987 revisits the Lord Venkateshvara temple near Pittsburgh, PA to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Illustrates the many ways in which the temple brings together Indians living in America and imparts cultural awareness to their children. 1990. 25 min.Video/C 3382

Pink Saris
The "Pink Gang" is a group of women who wear pink saris as a symbol of their revolt against their society. They are victims of domestic violence, rape and social exclusion. Their champion is Sampat Pal Devi, who takes up their cases of social injustice, often perpetrated by their husbands' extended families, with whom they're forced to live. Declaring 'women have nothing but their tears; what else do they have?', Sampat Pal has learned from experience. Once a child-bride and a victim of abuse herself, Sampat has no fear. She fought back and escaped the family, and now beleaguered women from throughout Uttar Pradesh seek her out, looking for the support and strength to do the same. Sampat Pal laudably takes up their causes, dramatically throwing herself into the middle of family dramas, yet for all her spirited righteousness, she can be forced to compromise in the face of the entrenched conventions and traditions she is railing against. A film by Kim Longinotto with Amber Latiff and Girjashankar Vohra. 2010. 96 min. DVD X7106
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Plants for the Environment.
In overpopulated Bangladesh people are threatening the environment by destroying trees to meet daily needs. This film examines the consequences of deforestation. 1997. PAL format. 9 min. Video/C 6173

Portraits of a Lane: A Short Film on Khotachiwadi
Documentary on Khotachiwadi in Mumbai, a nineteenth century settlement that actually belongs to Mumbai's East Indian Christians whose forefathers are believed to have worked for the British East India Company. Most of them are a mix of Portuguese and Indian origin, and the quaint old houses with their trellised balconies and latticed windows look like a forgotten pocket of Portugal. 2004? 20 min. DVD 7206

Poverty, Politics, and Religion: The Plight of India's Poor
Charges against Christian missionaries for unlawful conversions and desecration of Hindu shrines are fodder for militant Hindu revivalists who seek to claim converts for themselves -- and justification for their acts of violence against India's Christian minority. This gripping program investigates the political agendas behind the violence, as the tribal poor, many of whom have benefitted socioeconimically from embracing Christianity, are coercively reclaimed by a Hinduism of which they were never a part. Dist: Films Media Group. 1999. 32 min. Video/C 7031

The Preferred Sex...The Desired Number.
In many societies, a woman is valued according to her reproductive efficiency. Her status in family and community depends on her ability to bear children of the desired number and of the desired sex. Film investigates the condition of women in Nigeria and India through interviews with husbands, wives, clergy and family planning personnel. 1995. 53 min. Video/C 4011

Pramila and Parvati.
Explores perceptions of two visually disabled women in India who speak of their experiences of childhood, getting an education, finding employment, marriage and the challenges of parenting their sighted children. Also outlines the children's perception of blindness and their aspirations for the future. 199? 35 min. PAL format. Video/C 468

Prerna: The Community Health Worker and Mental Retardation.
Profiles a health worker in india who, in the course of her regular community visits, helps in the detection of mental retardation. The slide show in the film traces the process of genetic counseling, through case studies of Down's Syndrome, stressing the importance of early intervention and rehabilitation. It is designed to provide basic information on genetic counseling with specific reference to Down's syndrome for health workers and the layperson. 199? 38 min. PAL format Video/C 476

Prisoners of Conscience
An early film by India's leading documentary filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan that presents the human rights situation in India during the State of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi from June 1975 to March 1977. During the Emergency over 100,000 people were arrested without charge and imprisoned without trial, but even after the Emergency was lifted, political prisoners continued to be incarcerated. 1978. 45 min. Video/C 8120

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Purva Uttara (Past Forward).
To commemorate fifty years of Indian independence, eight unusual films on historical sites of India are presented to "provide insights into the India that is and will be." Contents: Part. 1. Visions of Paradise, the Taj Mahal, directed and narrated by Zafar Hai -- Mamallapuram, a Riddle in the Sands; Vijayanagara, Where Kings and Gods Meet, directed and narrated by Shyam Benegal -- Rome of the Rropics, Goa, directed and narrated by Zafar Hai -- Part. 2. Konark, Chariot of the Sun, directed and narrated by Shyam Benegal -- Immortal Capital, the Many Cities of Delhi; A World Apart, Princely Mewar, directed and narrated by Zafar Hai -- Sanchi, Monument of the People, directed and narrated by Shyam Benegal. (1998?) 180 min. (2 tapes.) PAL format. Video/C 6954

A Question of Aid
Discusses the different approaches to the problem of hunger in Kerala, india and Bangladesh. In Kerala government-run "fair price shops" assure that every person can afford basic nutrition and government developed programs assure high standards of health, education and birth control. Bangladesh, however, is heavily dependent on foreign aid, most of which is used to support the urban middle class while the rural poor remain malnourished, uneducated and trapped in a cycle of poverty. 1988. 20 min. DVD 9827 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5939

R. K. Narayan: India's Chekhov.
The stories of R.K. Narayan embody the indescribable charm of learning about a new country by living among the locals. In this classic interview, Narayan introduces Malgudi, the fictional setting for his novels. Amid images of Mysore -- his beloved hometown and model for Malguide -- he shares the details of his life, his approach to writing, and his friendship with Graham Greene. Readings by actor Madhav Sharma underscore the way in which humor is artfully mingled with an underlying sense of sadness in stories such Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, and The English Teacher. 1983. 52 min. Video/C 7037

Illustrates the complex Raga system of music and its foundation on simple folk songs and Hindu religious chants. 1969. 27 min. Video/C 2613

Rajmohan Gandhi, Encounters with Truth.
Presents the life and work of Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who is active in politics in India in the 1980's. He speaks about political change in India, non-violence, and the role of religion in India. 1990. 40 min. Video/C 4914

A video adaptation of the Indian epic poem Ramayana. Originally produced as a TV series.
PAL format, 26 videocassettes, 2951 min.: some cassettes in Hindi only; some in Hindi with English subtitles. 1980. Video/C 3732
VHS format, 26 videocassettes, 2951 min.: in Hindi with English subtitles. Video/C 5928

Reaching Out to the Grassroots(Life; 4)
This program looks at two very different approaches to improving the lives of poor people -- one through education, as in the Shilmundi Project in Bangladesh, the other through what's known as "community-driven development" in Indonesia. This program asks whether projects like these can be replicated in other countries trying to meet the targets of the Millennium Development goal of halving the number of people living in poverty by 2015. Director, Ashley Bruce. 26 min. DVD 3956

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Reconstructing Communities
Critical exploration of the limitations of community participation in 52 villages that were relocated under the aegis of the Maharashtra Earthquake Emergency Rehabilitation Programme (MEERP), soon after the devastating earthquake that hit Latur and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra on 30th September 1993. 2002. 51 min. DVD 8919

Re:Frame: Scanning Time / Documenting Change
Presents a selection of seven films from contemporary cinema in India, removed from Bollywood, that testify to the richness of creativity in India. Oscillating between documentary, video art, experimental film, and animation, this compilation explores the means with which the texture of memory is incorporated within postcolonial Indian society's individual journeys as well as the national psyche. Rashtriy Kheer & Desiy Salad / Pushpamala N (2004, 11 min.) -- Straight 8 / Ayisha Abraham (2005, 17 min.) -- Ceasural, Variations 1 and 2 / Raqs Media Collective (2007, 8 min.) -- Endnote (Antaral) / Ashish Avikunthak (2005, 18 min.) -- Bengali tourist / Sarnath Banerjee (2003, 4 min.) -- I love my India / Tejal Shah (2003, 10 min.) -- Space bar (work in progress) / Debkamal Ganguly (2008, 21 min.) DVD X1132

Revolution and After
Documentary on the changes that were brought about by the Green Revolution in India. From the commercialization of seed distribution to the increasing use of pesticides, this film shows how Indian farmers are going back to traditional, more natural farming methods to free themselves from the hostage of buying high cost fertilizers and pesticides. 1992. 33 min. Video/C MM862

Rhapsody Series I
Contents: Rhapsody of rains : the monsoons of Kerala -- Rhapsody of colours : the festivals of Kerala. Rhapsody of rains: Documents the monsoons of Kerala, the greenest state in India. There are two seasons of rain: Kaalavarsham, the heavy south-west monsoon and Thulavarsham, the north-east monsoon. For the people of Kerala, rain is a wonderful facet of life; for visitors, an unforgettable experience. Rhapsody of colours: Shows some of the festivals in Kerala including the Thrissur Pooram, an annual festival held at Trichur and the dramatic Bharani. 2005. 50 min. DVD 9545

Rhapsody Series II
Contents: Rhapsody in a ripple : the backwaters of Kerala -- Rhapsody in the tropics : Kerala, where the season never ends. Rhapsody in a ripple: Captures the scenic magic of the backwaters of Kerala and their immeasurable influence on the land and the people of Kerala. Rhapsody in the tropics: Looks at the spirit of the privince of Kerala, the southern state of India described by the National Geographic photographer as one of the fifty destinations of a lifetime. 2005. 50 min. DVD 9546

Rhythms to Nirvana: An Introduction to Indian Classical Music
Since India's ancient times, music has been considered a potent vehicle for attaining nirvana, spiritual salvation. This intriguing program provides an overview of Indian classical music, from its divine orgins to the present day, showcasing popular stringed, wind and percussion instruments such as the sitar, sarangi, veena, tambora, and sarod; the flute, shehnai, and harmonium; and the mridang, tabla and bayan. The Indian approach to teaching music is also discussed. Dist: Films Media Group. 1999? 30 min. Video/C 6678

Rishte (Relationships).
In India Lali Devi and 2 of her daughters take poison to kill themselves because there are five girls in the family and no boys. 1995. 26 min. Video/C 4638

The Rising Wave
In India water has a deep spiritual and functional significance. The Rising Wave eloquently presents a culture built on water being shared, used and managed in ways unchanged for centuries. Richly filmed in three different states of India, The Rising Wave uncovers groups that have been dependent on their local natural water resource for generations as they fish and farm for their livelihook. In the rapid transforming economy of India, corporations now lay claim to control and determine access to this natural resource. A contrasting picture emerges; a contrast between the two divergent views of water; water as a billion dollar industry against water as a sacred natural gift for all humankind. This spells conflict for the future. Directed by Yask Desai and Shweta Kishore. c2008. 65 min. DVD X1094

The Road to Indian Independence.
The program follows the bloody trail of Indian insurrection and Gandhi's efforts to counter violence with non-violence; Britain's granting of independence to India in 1947; and shows how, despite the best efforts of Gandhi and Nehru, the nationalist Indian movement was overcome by the religious Hindu movement, and the subcontinent was divided into two countries: Hindu India and Moslem Pakistan. Notes: A presentation of the Hachette Library and Pathe-Cinema. Originally produced in 1990. 1993. 18 min. Video/C 4579

Sadhus: India's Holy Men

Lotan Baba, The Rolling Saint. Follows Lotan Baba's 2,500 mile "rolling" pilgrimage across India to do penance. 50 min. DVD X2811 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4574

The Living God. Focuses on Sadhu Jayendra Saraswali, arguably the most influential man in India. 50 min. DVD X2812 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4575

Aghori, Living with the DeadConcentrates on Ram Nath, a member of the rare and extreme "aghori" sadhu sect, who ritually pollutes himself in order to worship. c1995. 50 min. DVD X2813 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4576

Saheri's Choice.
This program examines the custom of arranged marriages in India. It follows the story of one girl and her family as they confront the reality of an impending marriage that was arranged when the girl was barely six years old. An overview of the custom it as common among all castes, although many Indians view the practice in a negative light. Education, family wealth, and astrological compatibility are examined as important in determining with whom the marriages are arranged. The issue of dowry and severe penalties for breaking engagements are discussed, along with divorce negotiations should the marriage fail. Dist: Films Media Group. 1998. 27 min. Video/C 6111

Samanvaya: A Film on Vinayak Krishna Gokak.
A presentation on the life and works of the Bengali author, Vinayak Krishna Gokak, b. 1909. 1998. 60 min. PAL format. Video/C 6959

Sanamacha's Story.
Since the 1950s in the state of Manipur in Northeastern India, several secessionist movements have defied the Indian government. In response, India has militarized the region. This documentary looks at the kinapping of a 15-year-old boy, Sanamacha, who was taken from his home by the Indian military. Presents testimonies of witnesses and family members providing insight into the advocacy work grassroots groups in Manipur have done to bring the military's actions to justice. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 1999. 11 min. DVD 3250

Sanskrit Drama.
World-famous dancer, Mrinalini Sarabhai, recreates the classical Indian dance forms of the Sanskrit theater. Footage of rehearsals with American actors and a performance of the Sanskrit classic The Vision of Vasavadatta by Bhasa, introduce viewers to Indian mannerisms, movements, costuming and makeup. 1980. 15 min. DVD X4258; vhs Video/C 4047

Sant Tukaram.
This seventeenth century Maharastra saint and poet taught that to attain God in this age, people should continue in their daily duties but always chant His names and remember Him in this way. Originally produced in 1936. 130 min. Video/C 6951

Sari Red.
A film by Pratibha Parmar. A visual poem made in memory of Kalbinder Kaur Hayre, a young Indian woman, killed by fascists in 1985 in a racist attack in England. 1988. 14 min. Video/C 3462

SchoolScapes: Scenes from a School in South India
A film about the Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh founded on the educational philosophy of Krishnamurti. It is a rigorous co-educational school which includes the act of observation as one of the ways to inspire and teach. Produced by David MacDougall. Originally filmed at Rishi Valley School, February-March 2005. 77 min. DVD X3275

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Science for Survival. (Woman's Place)
Activist and ecologist Vandana Shiva is the leader of a people's movement in India that opposes "reductionist Western science". She argues that the failure of the Green Revolution was due to the fact that women's knowledge of traditional seed varieties was ignored. Shiva is devoting her scientific knowledge to proving that local farming methods, which recognize diversity and complexity in their polycultures, are vital to the survival of the Indian ecosystem. The film also looks at the work of Dr. Sharadini Dahanukar who has set out to prove that ayurvedic medicine, which relies heavily on women's knowledge of plants and herbs, has scientific validity. Also the film looks at silk technology from the ultra-modern biotech laboratories where the cocoons are bred, through the ancient process of silk reeling, to the bustling auction halls. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4598

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Seed and Earth.
A film by Lina Fruzzetti, Alfred Guzzetti, Ned Johnston and Akos Ostor. Film follows the daily schedule of the families of two brothers who live in the Janta village of West Bengal, India during the summer of 1988. 1994. 37 min. Video/C 4943

Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow.
This documentary film shows the effects of the once-vaunted Green Revolution in India. Instead of massive harvests of wheat, pesticide poisoning and fertilizer shortages have turned the revolution's workers into a new serf class and created a bureaucratic nightmare. 1992. 50 min. DVD X5439; Video/C 3867

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Seraikella Chhau: The Masked Dance of India.
Introducesthe art form of the masked dance and illustrates the variety of characters that may be portrayed. 1980. 38 min. Video/C 3245

Serial for Breakfast
In 1991 India was a one channel television industry held by Doordarshan with 150 million viewers, then the market exploded; city after city was strung up by small time cable operators armed with a satellite dish and the promise of choice. Now Doordarshan, The Indian National Television Network, is one of the largest broadcasting organizations in the world, covering 87% of the country's 950 million people. 1998. 50 min. Video/C MM553

SEWA: Self-employed Women's Association: Made in India.
Portrait of the women's organization in India, called SEWA, that holds to the simple yet radical belief that poor women need organizing, not welfare. Inspired by the political, economic and moral model advocated by Gandhi, SEWA has grown since it founding to a membership of 217,000 and its bank now has assets of over $4 million. SEWA is at its core a trade union for the self-employed that offers union membership to d) the illiterate women who sell vegetables, pick up scraps for recycling from the streets and engage in small cottage industries. 1998. 52 min. Video/C 7083

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Shackled Women.
This program assesses second- and third-world abuses of women's rights by the male establishment and examines how female collaboration sometimes contributes to their perpetuation. Feminist Taslima Nasreen and others speak out on topics such as dowry deaths, female circumcision, the Islamic Zina law, the rigors of Hijab, and child prostitution. Dist: Films Media Group. 1999. 41 min. Video/C 7042

Shakti: The Performance of Gender Roles at Kamakhya, Assam.
An in-depth presentation on the social and religious practices of women in Assam, India. Senior Honors thesis of Tracy Wares, Anthropology Department of the University of California, Berkeley. c2001. 68 min. Video/C 8023

The Shattered Pearl.
Once the "Pearlof the Indian Ocean," modern Sri Lanka has become the battleground for a civil war waged by Tamil, Sinhala, and Muslim groups. This conflict led to the kidnap and murder in 1990 of Richard De Zoysa, a liberal journalist who reported on human rights abuses. Sri Lanka and its women's groups , including De Zoysa's mother,came together to offer support to the victims of violence. 1991. 25 min. Video/C 3038

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Welcome to Alang, India, the site of a gargantuan scrap yard where ocean-going ships come to die. Forty thousand Indians live and work here, dismembering and scavenging the hulks of 400 vessels every year. This documentary chronicles the daily lives of the people who work here, the barefoot men who take apart giant mountains of steel by hand, piece by piece, as they spend months toiling sun-up to sun-down destroying ship after ship. It is the world's most unregulated industry. Ship owners rarely bother to abide by the UN Base Convention, which bans shipments of transboundary waste. One worker a day, on average, dies on the job, from gas explosions, falls or from tons of falling steel. Still one in four will contract cancers caused by asbestos, PCBs or other toxic substances. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2005. 46 min. DVD 5647

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Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbha Mela
Documents the Kumbha Mela Hindu festival, attended by 70 million people, in Allahabad, India, during January, 2001, capturing the joy that enveloped both the festival's pilgrims and world-renowned gurus in attendance. Special features: Short documentary "Pilgrims from the West: four years on" (16 min.) ; interview with the filmmakers ; theatrical trailer ; Mela slide show gallery ; Ramanand Puri on yoga and breathing ; Purna Praghnamataji on dharma, satsang and gurus ; Pilot Baba on inner peace and samadhi ; Sadhevi Ritabharaji on unity and conscious awareness ; Sudarshanacharya Maharaj on devotion to a goal and celebration ; the Dalai Lama on religious harmony and inner peace. Produced and directed by Maurizio Benazzo & Nick Day. 2005. 85 min. DVD 4583

Sikhism: The Golden Temple.
Traces the roots of Sikhism and its central place of worship, the Golden Temple in Punjab, from its founder Guru Nanak in 1469 through today. Its central precepts - belief in one God, the equality of all people, sharing, and the performance of good deeds - are discussed within the context of daily life by a young Sikh woman (Harsimran Kaur). The stringent religious dress code and the significance of the traditional Sikh head wrap is explained. Includes a tour of the Golden Temple and a marriage ceremony. Dist: Films Media Group. 1996. 15 min. Video/C 6109

A Silent Disaster.
A documentary on the impact of riverline and oceanic erosion in the delta lands of Bangladesh. PAL format. In Bengali and English. 1997. 20 min. Video/C 6174

Sita Swayamvar: Sita's Wedding.
A opulent docu-drama of Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu and Sita. The film follows the appearance of Sita and Rama, their youthful pastimes, and the events leading up to their wedding. 1993. 90 min. Video/C 6945

Sitala in Spring
A historical film of an annual festival held in West Bengal, India in honor of the goddess of health and illness, Hindu deity Sitala. 1980. 40 min. Video/C 4256

Sixteen Decisions.
Examines the social charter of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and the 16 principles which undergird its success by examining the life of Selina, one of the 2.4 million Bangladeshi women building stronger rural economies through microcredit lending. 2000. 59 min. Video/C 7458

The Sky Below
A contentemporary portrait of the fallout from the 1947 Partition of India which resulted in the creation of Pakistan. Features voices from both sides of the border; while exploring ancient and historic sites - along with music - from Kutch to Kashmir and Karachi to the Khyber Pass. Filmed by Sarah Singh. c2007. 77 min. DVD X5812

Slowly But Surely: The Story of the Women of Kotra
Presents a tribal community's struggle for control and collective management of its natural resources in Kotra, India. 1995. 30 min. Video/C 8917

Slum Futures.(Life; 4)
Visits the slums of Bombay, now known as Mumbai. Mumbai is India's financial capital, but the city has massive, sprawling slums, which rank among the biggest in the world. This film examines the reality of living in the slums and the various projects attempting to rehabilitate Mumbai's slums. Globally one in six people now live in slums. If no attempts are made to address the problem, at the current rate of growth UN-Habitat predicts that by 2030, one in every three people in the world could be living in a slum. Directed by Alex Gabbay, Subina Shrestha. 2004. 23 min. DVD 3978

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Smarana: Remembering Lost Children--
This documentary is a visual presentation of the agony of mothers whose children lost their lives in armed struggle inspired by Naxalbari. Here, mothers share the rememberances of their children, the vaccum created by their loss, and the efforts to keep up their memory. 200? 31 min. DVD 9668

So Far From India.
Directed by Mira Nair. Describes the experiences of a recently arrived Indian immigrant in America, contrasting them with the traditional world of his new bride whom he left behind in India. Seeks to explore the conflicts that arise when Indian culture meets American society. 1982. 49 min. Video/C 2169

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Something Like a War.
Presents the dilemma of population pressure in India, where the official policy of population control clashes with the cultural values surrounding childbirth. 1993. 52 min. Video/C 3357

A Song of Ceylon.
This remarkable film in which a narrator recounts the exorcism of a young Sri Lankan woman, is a provactive treatise on hysteria and performance. 1985. 51 min. Video/C 4650

A Sons of Shiva.
Shows how the Bengalis in the town of Vishnupur celebrate the annual ritual of Gajan in honor of Lord Shiva, during which the participants renounce the concerns of daily life in order to devote themselves entirely to the service of God. A film by Robert Gardner. Originally produced in 1985. 29 min. DVD 5515; vhs Video/C 7622

Sorrow and Agony (Sabaika lagi manava adhikara)
Relates the killing of innocent people by security forces and Maoists in Nepal. Based on true case studies of three individuals of the Bara District. 2005. 28 min. DVD X74

South Asia: Aspiring India. (Power of Place: World Regional Geography; 21-22)
Prog. 21. Urban and rural contrasts: Delhi, bursting at the seams. Dikhatpura, help through irrigation. A telecourse designed to build understanding of geography by examining eleven regions of the world and their interconnections. Each program contains case studies which characterize an individual region. In Delhi, Bursting at the Seams a geographer studies Delhi as a multicultural, rapidly growing city. Dikhatpura, Help Through Irrigation explores the lives of farmers reliant on irrigation in Southwestern India. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4322

Splendour of the Moghuls. (Series, 1986)

Part 1: In the Gardens of Delight. For devotees of Islam, paradise is said to be a celestial garden. Who created the marvelous earthly gardens of Kashmir, which stand to this day as a living symbol of the Muslim faith? This program tells the story of the Mogul empire in India, from the victory of Babur at Panipat through the reign of the syncretic-minded Akbar, who dreamed of integrating Islam and Hinduism. The intricately designed gardens of Kashmir, with their emblematic plantings and waterways, and the remarkable Hindu/Islamic architecture of Fatapur Sikri are featured. 44 min. Video/C 7830

Part 2: The Taj Mahal: A Love Story. This program covers the period of Mogul history during the reign of Shah Jahan, which marked the culture's peak of refinement. The construction and symbolism of the Taj Mahal are attentively described as well as the legendary romance between Shah Jahan and his favorite queen Mumtaz Mahal. Artisans at work demonstrate age-old methods of painting and stone-cutting, while a visit to the immense tombs of Humayun and Akbar set the Taj in the Mogul funerary tradition of sublimating death through architectural beauty. 43 min. Video/C 7831

Part 3: Women and Warriors. What was life like for the upper classes of Mogul society? This program appraises the status of empresses, harem favorites, and the Rajput warriors in the Mogul Empire over the course of its history. Details of life on the throne, in the boudoir and in the army's elite forces illustrate a culture both opulent and narcissistic. Prestige is also reflected by the grandeur of the Red Fort at Agra and the Palace of the Winds, the Amber Fort, and the modernistic, sculpture-like Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur. Video/C 7832

Staying Alive! (Life; 4)
Poverty combined with lack of education and health services affect maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh, where 50 women die during pregnancy or in childbirth every day. In the Millennium development goals, 189 countries have made committments to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015. Will Bangladesh be able to deliver on its promises? Directed & produced by Subina Shrestha, Alex Gabbay. 2005. 23 min. DVD 3957

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Stories My Country Told Me: with Eqbal Ahmad
Eqbal Ahmad, a leading authority on colonialism and nationalism, travels Pakistan's and India's Grand Trunk Road from Calcutta to Lahoue, commenting on the history and politics of the subcontinent. Having personally experienced, as a child, the partition into India and Pakistan, he speaks movingly of the evil effects of nationalism and sectarian hatred. Dist: Films Media Group. 2000. 56 min. Video/C 7036

The Stream Within: Women from the Indian Freedom Struggle (Bheetar bahe mukti dhara)
A documentary about ordinary women who were active in the Indian National Congress, one of the main bodies leading the anti-imperialist nationalist movement in British-ruled India. Mahatma Gandhi became one of its main ideologues in the crucial period from 1919 to 1947. Extensively uses interviews with women, interspersed with black and white stills, and covers mainly events from 1928 until the 1942 Quit India agitation. PAL format. [199-?] 50 min. Video/C 8047

Subhash Mukhopadhyay
Documentary on the life and work of the eminent Bengali poet, Subhash Mukhopadhyay. Includes Mukhopadhyay reading from his works and an interview with the poet. PAL format. 2001. 25 min. Video/C 9415

Sudesha. (As Women See It)
The "Chipko" movement was founded in India by peasant women who recognized the economic consequences of deforestation of their regions and was one of the first environmental movements in the Third World. This is an account of "Sudesha," a woman who lives in the foothills of the Himalayas, who organized the women of her village to save the forests, thereby challenging the rules of Indian society and women's traditional roles. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 4170

Surpanakha (or the Amorous Demoness): A Kutiyattam Dance Drama of Kerala State, South India.
A Dramatic adaptation of the 2nd act of a 10th century Sanskrit play, the Crest Jewel, in which the sister of Ravana falls in love with Rama. When he rejects her she turns to his brother who also rejects her. Enraged she attacks Rama and his wife, Sita, but Rama's brother intervenes to cut off her nose and ears. She appeals to her brothers for revenge instigating the war between Rama and Ravana. 1976. 90 min. Video/C 4046

A presentation on the life and works of the Marathi author, Govind Vinayak Karandikar, b. 1918. 1998. 60 min. PAL format. Video/C 6957

A presentation on the life and works of the Malayalam novelist, Takali Sivasankarapilla, b. 1912. 1998. 60 min. PAL format. Video/C 6956

Tales of Pabuji: A Rajasthani Tradition.
A documentary of an ancient storytelling tradition which is still ongoing in northwestern India. It tells the epic of Lord Pabuji whose exploits have been recounted for over 600 years in the state of Rajasthan. The storyteller or Bhopo stands in front of an immense brilliantly painted muralcalled a pard, containing all the characters and events of the legend. He plays on his homemade fiddle, dances, and chants episodes of the epic to his village audience. 1996. 32 min. Video/C 4787

A satirical play concerning adult education in Pakistan. Includes an interview with Khawaja Moinuddin. Performer: Khawaja Moinuddin. In Urdu. 1988. 120 min. Video/C 3917

Tanda: A Document on the Denotified Tribes in Maharashtra.
Looks at the social history of India to examine the process by which many disparate nomadic tribes were labelled as "criminal", and attempts to establish the fact that even after independence, the status of these tribes has not substantially changed as they still struggle for basic human rights. 199? PAL format. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 4896

Tangail Tornado, 13th May, 1996.
A documentary examining the social and economic impact of a tornado that ripped through 80 villages of the Tangail district of Bangladesh in May, 1996. PAL format. In Bengali and English. 1997. 14 min. Video/C 6175

Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay: A Profile
Documentary film on the life and work of the eminent 20th century Bengali author Tarasankara Bandyopadhyaya. 2001. 30 min. PAL format. Video/C 9513

Tea Fortunes. (Commodities; 3)
Documents the history of the tea industry in China, India, Sri Lanka, and East Africa. Profiling Sir Thomas Lipton, it shows how he and his competitors controlled every stage of tea manufacture, from planting to blending, packaging to retailing. Today India controls its exports of tea, Sri Lanka has nationalized its tea estates, Zimbabwe's state-run plantations generate some cash in rural areas while women in China work for some of the lowest wages in the world producing tea for western blends. 1986. 52 min. Video/C 3496

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Teesri Manzil.
In Urdu. A romance set in Pakistan. 1987. 164 min. Video/C 3916

Thar: Secrets of the Desert.
Consider the Indira Gandhi Canal, cutting through the Thar Desert from Ganganagar to Jaisalmer. Isn't it the perfect symbol of development? Yes, but it has brought malaria to the region. This video highlights this contradiction by looking at the times, and practices, when a rich culture and trade flourished in Rajasthan, the world's most populous desert. It shows how humans, animals and nature fused into a lifeworld that took care of needs without damaging the environment. 1995. 52 min. Video/C 5659

That's Why I'm Working
Families living in the slums of Dacca, Bangladesh are so poor that any income, even the pittance paid to child workers, is necessary for survival. Since today's child laborers are tomorrow's uneducated adults, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) started a 3-year primary course for Dacca's disadvantaged in 1996. The small schools with a 3-hour school day, are free and provide a first step away from the vicious cycle of poverty. c1999. 53 min. Video/C 7900

There is a Fire in Your Forest
A photojournalist, Sanjay Sharma (played by Sanjay Upadhyay), travels to the Kanha Tiger Reserve in India. He follows the tribes of the Adivasis as they struggle to maintain their traditional ways in the face of a changing India. As they try to farm closer and closer to the Reserve the protected animals increasingly leave the Reserve to feed on the crops of the tribes. Direction, Krishnendu Bose. 2001. 53 min. Video/C MM863

There'll Always Be Stars in the Sky: The Indian Film Music Phenomenon.
Takes you behind the scenes of India's Hollywood to meet actors, singers, musical directors and others. 1992. 60 min. DVD 1753; also on VHS Video/C 3265

330 Million Gods.
Visits the various sites in India and observes the performance of several types of religious ceremonies. Explores the Hindu approach to God and the complexity of the Hindu religious experience. 1977. 55 min. Video/C 191

Ticket to Development.
Examines several projects taking place in the ever-increasing exchange of technical expertise among developing countries. Projects shown are in Costa Rica, Kenya and India. 1990. 26 min. Video/C MM790

Tulsi Das [a Vaishnava poet].
A moving presentation on the life of Tulasidasa, a late Vaishnava saint whose poems in the vernacular rather than the traditional Sanskrit gained him audience even at the court of the muslim king of his time. c1992. 120 min. Video/C 6950

Unheard Voices of India
Several short interviews (about 1 min. each) with people from all over India, young and old, or all religions and walks of life. They are asked about their lives, whether they are happy, and what they'd like to change in their country. 2003. 40 min. DVD 7317

Untouchable? (Life, Part 18)
This segment of the series on globalization, 'Life,' examines the lives of dalits in a small village in southern India. Identified as outcasts or 'untouchables' whole families of dalit people exist in India effectively as bonded or slave laborers. There are an estimated 100 million child laborers in India. Human rights organizations are now taking up the dalits' cause and calling for the end of a system of discrimination as heinous as the former apartheid system in South Africa. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7778

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Untouchable: Life as an Outcaste
Director, Jens Pedersen. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 28 min. each installment.

The Worst Job on Earth: The Bhangis of India. This program introduces viewers to two Dalit families who, for generations, have cleaned the excrement from their villages' open-air latrines with their bare hands. But flush-toilets don't necessarily free untouchables from their role; a young man who manually removes waste from the sewers of Hyderabad is also interviewed, along with Bezawada Wilson-- hereditary latrine cleaner-- turned-activist determined to free all Bhangis from what is arguably the worst job in the world. Wilson interjects a lone ray of hope into what is otherwise a depiction of a singularly bleak way of life. DVD 9193

Born into Prostitution: The Badis of Nepal A daughter of a Badi prostitute is required to be registered under the surname Nepali. So marked from birth, she is born into prostitution and is expected to follow her mother into that trade-- unless the family, the Dalit community, or charitable NGOs are moved to help them make a change. This program profiles two Badi families and the positive efforts of one former prostitute and the director of Social Awareness for Education to assist them. DVD 9194

Married to a Goddess: Joginis of India In southern India, Yellamma is the goddess of the untouchables, and the joginis are typically Dalit girls dedicated to their service-- and to the servicing of local men. After describing the sacred side of jogini life, this program explores the dark side: prostitution and rape. Interviews with joginis illustrate that although their abuse has been formally abolished, little has changed. DVD 9195

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Debt Slaves of Nepal. n parts of Nepal, there is little paying work available to untouchables. Forced to borrow small sums just to survive, they quickly become debt slaves to higher caste people and although the practice is illegal, it all too often represents the only chance Dalits have to obtain food. This program constrasts the lives of Bharat, who seeks emancipation, and Ganga, who can picture no other future for himself. DVD 9196

Hindu vs. Hindu: Caste Violence in India. Every year, thousands die in India through caste-related violence, as untouchables and upper-castes alike stoop as low as they need to go to gain their aims. Seen through the lens of a veteran photojournalist, this program looks at both sides of the struggle between the upper-caste Ranvir militia and Dalit supporters of the Marxist-Leninists in Bihar. DVD 9197

Urban Poverty in Bangladesh: Improving Slum Life
Driven by poverty and scarcity, many of Bangladesh's landless agricultural laborers migrate to urban centers in search of a better life, but find themselves residing in congested city slums. This film documents the slums in Dhaka and the innovative slum improvement project in Dinajpur. 1996. 11 min. Video/C MM427

Utthan (The Dawn)
Documentary on agricultural and economic development projects in India to assist the rural poor in Vansda Taluk in Gujarat. PAL format. 1999. 32 min. Video/C 7941

V. S. Naipaul
The award-winning novelist V. S. Naipaul explores the relationship between a writer and his work, offering insights into his life, his career and his subtly incisive novel/memoir The enigma of arrival. In particular, he contrasts the inspiration of living in the English countryside with the Caribbean, Indian, and African influences that dominate his earlier writings. Excerpts from Miguel Street, A house for Mr. Biswas, and other books -- read by actor Roshan Seth and by Naipaul himself -- round out this engaging interview. 1988. 53 min. Video/C 7038

The Hindu legend of the transformation of Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana, from bandit to saint. He grew up among thieves and became a lusty dacoit known as Raksha, who was enamored by the beautiful Tara. She wants diamonds ... specifically the gems which garland the neck of a famous deity of Mahalaksmi, but as the story unfolds, Narada Muni must descend to enlighten the future author. 1996. 100 min. Video/C 6946

Vardan (The Boon)
Documentary on the development of agroforestry to provide economic viability for the rural poor of India. PAL format. 1999. 22 min. Video/C 7940

Village Man, City Man.
A documentary on the life of a young millworker in an industrial section of Delhi. Follows him on a return visit to his village in Uttar Pradesh. Shows changes and continuities in his life by conversations with his friends at the mill and by observations of how he works and spends his leisure time in both city and village. 1990. 40 min. Video/C 3774

The Village Republic (Wealth of Nations. People and the Environment)
Empowerment begins in the village; some small--and huge-- success stories from India make sustainable development a reality. Taken together, they constitute a powerful critique of "thinking big". This video puts these endeavours together: Sukhomajri in Haryana, seed in Rajastan, Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra, and Kesharpur village in Orissa. All those who "thought" small and put their heads, and resources, together to help each other. 1995. PAL format 48 min. Video/C 5661

A Vision Unveiled
Features the life and work of the Pakistani development activist and social scientist Akhtar Hameed Khan who is credited wirh pioneering microcredit and microfinance initiatives, farmers' cooperatives, and rural training programmes in the developing world. He promoted participatory rural development in Pakistan and other developing countries, and widely advocated community participation in development. 2009. 62 min. DVD X2360

Voices of the Morning.
A meditation on women's roles as defined by orthodox Islamic laws. It is one of the first productions by a rising wave of South Asian women visual artists. Examines familial and societal restrictions placed on South Asian women. 1992. 15 min. Video/C 2786

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Voices of the People
Discusses events leading to the state of emergency and subsequent election of a new government in 1977 in India. 1990. 30 min. Video/C 4265

Voices of the Sidis: Two Documentaries
"We're Indian and African": voices of the Sidis (22 min.) -- Voices of the Sidis: ancestral links (26 min.). "We're Indian and African" : voices of the Sidis: Explores the life of a Sidi village community in Gujarat, India and captures the performance of the sacred Goma-Dhammal dance performed to honor Sidi saints. Voices of the Sidis : ancestral links: Examines the life of an urban city family in Bombay, India. The parents point with pride to their ancestry, but their daughter voices concerns about belonging and identity as a Sidi and Indian. Films by Beheroze Shroff. DVD 9451

The Wages of Action: Religion in a Hindu Village
Set in Soyepur, a village near Benares, India, this film discusses Hinduism and how it touches every aspect of a villager's life from birth to death. 1979. 47 min. Video/C 4257

War and Peace (Jang aur Aman)
Filmed over three years in India, Pakistan, and Japan, this documentary examines the militarization of India and analyzes the human cost that is extracted from its citizens in the name of national security. It examines peace activism in India in the face of global militarism and war, the political turmoil between Pakistan and India, the 1998 nuclear tests on the Indian subcontinent and the plight of residents living near the nuclear test site, the horrendous effects of uranium mining on local indigenous populations and interviews with Japanese survivors of Hiroshima. 2002. 170 min. Video/C 8957

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Water to the People: Towards Participation in Rural Drinking Water Schemes
Examines various types of water projects designed to bring potable water to rural areas of India. PAL format. 1999. 34 min. Video/C 7925

Wedding of the Goddess.
A two part documentary on the Chitterai Festival in Madurai, India. Part 1 (36 min.) provides historical background on the annual festival, and shows the reenactment of the marriage of the Lord Sundareshvar and the Goddess Minakshi. Part 2 (40 min.) provides, through interviews with participants, an intimate picture of the proceedings of the 12-day festival. Filmed in 1972 and 1973. Originally distributed 1976. 76 min. Video/C 3767; DVD X4423

What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny?
Made for Britain's Channel 4 TV series, "First Sex." Looks at four Indian women cabaret performers and explores the question of who sets the agenda for comedy. Is comedy culturally specific or can anyone enjoy a joke regardless or race and ethnicity? 1994. 18 min. Video/C 3758

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Wheel of Time.
Wheel of Time is acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog's gorgeously photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India. It is said that Buddha found enlightenment under a tree in Bodh Gaya and today, Buddhist monks are ordained in this holy place. Herzog magically captures the lengthy pilgrimage (which for some, is over 3,000 miles), the monk's creation of the beautiful and intricate sand mandala (the wheel of time) along with many secret rituals that have never been seen before on film. He delivers a personal and introspective look at what Buddhism really means to the most ardent followers, as well as giving outsiders an intimate look into a fascinating way of life. 2003. 80 min. DVD 4593

When the Storm Came.
Profiles a village in Kashmir that was the site of a mass rape by Indian Security Forces in 1991. Depicts the impact that the mass rape continues to have on a community even over a decade later, reminding viewers that rape as a weapon of war is a global phenomenon that has continued throughout time. A documentary by Shilpi Gupta. 2003. 24 min. DVD 4822; vhs Video/C MM1292

When Women Unite: The Story of an Uprising.
The story of an extraordinary social movement in rural India, a spontaneous grass-roots uprising by village women against the sale of arrack (state-supplied distilled liquor), which pitted them against village men, arrack contractors and the state bureaucracy, and which led after four hard-fought years (1992-1995) to the ban of arrack sales in Andhra Pradesh. c1996. 80 min. Video/C 8546

Whose Children?
A documentary that raises basic questions about child labour in India's glass factories in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh exploring social, economic, legal and moral aspects of the issue. 2003. 30 min. DVD 4267

Whose Water?
Documentary television program on water policy in India and how people's initiatives are changing the water management in this country. 2002. 26 min. Video/C MM859

Women by the Sea: Experiences of the Tsunami in Sri Lanka
Documentary on the women survivors of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, narrated through the voices of a select group of women from Batticaloa, Hikkaduwa, and Kalutara. 2006. 28 min. DVD 8921

Women Theater Activists of India.
Traces the evolution, social and professional position and contributions of women theater activists in India through interviews with Indian directors, writers, dancers and actresses interspersed with theatrical performances. 1999. 66 min. Video/C 7207

The Women's Bank of Bangladesh
Describes the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and the small-business loans it makes to women only. It describes the philosophy, development and function of the bank and follows the activities of women who have taken out loans to fund their cottage industries. The film also examines the attitudes of those who oppose the bank as being contrary to Islamic law and the defense of bank policy by its founder, economics professor Muhammad Yunus. 1997. 47 min. Video/C 5498

Words on Water
Documentary looking at the effects of the Sardar Sarovar Dam (the largest one in the Narmada Project involving the construction of 30 large, 135 medium-sized and 3000 small dams in Gujarat and other parts of Central India) and the millions of people who will be adversely affected by this project sponsored by the World Bank and the Central Government of India. 2002. 85 min. Video/C 9874

Worlds Apart.
East Indians are the largest single population in Guyana and Trinidad. The influence of their strong cultural identity is examined. 1992. 45 min. Video/C 3195

Y.C.P., 1997 (Yerwada Central Prison, 1997)
Examines the lives and work of six prisoners from Yerwada Central Prison in Pune, India. Through their poems and writings the film explores the ways in which they cope with the pain and stigma of incarceration. 1997. 44 min. PAL format. Video/C 7924

The Young Workers.
Looks at the emergence of child labor in India within a historical, societal context. Covers the history of child labor, legislation, alternatives and attempted intervention and concludes with case studies of the match industry in Sivakasi and powerloom industry in Bhivandi. 1987. 68 min. PAL format Video/C 473

In Urdu. Story of the rural Sindhi society at the turn of the 19th century, based on a novel by Mirza Qalic Beg. Performer: Rabia Naureen, Mahmood Siddiqui, Ishrat Hashmi, Khalid Zaman, Zaheen Tahira, Gulab Chandio, Shafi Mohammad, Mahamood Ali. 1980. 282 min. Video/C 3910

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Nepal and Tibet

Alexandra David-Neel: One Woman's Journey from Sikkim to Forbidden Tibet
Portrait of the French philosopher, novelist, and adventurer who, in her long life, travelled extensively in Asia, especially the Himalayas and was the first woman to be granted the title of Lama in Tibet. Includes her two years as a hermit in the Himalayas and her secret pilgrimage to the holy city of Llasa, forbidden to foreigners. Using spectacular archival footage this program traces her path through commentary by Marie-Madeleine Peronnet, her late-life companion, and others who relate their memories of this extraordinary life. 1992. 51 min. Video/C 7045

Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama.
A portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. 1992. 60 min. Video/C 3329

Dalai Lama: A Portrait in the First Person
An interview with the current Dalai Lama, Bstan-dzin-rgya-mtsho, winner of the 1989 Noble Peace Prize, who discusses his religious and social beliefs, including such topics as nonviolence and Tibet. 1994. 24 min. Video/C 4589

The Dalai Lama and the Rituals of Reincarnation.
An investigation of the intricate procedure of identifying a reincarnated Dalai Lama against the backdrop of Tibetan power politics and Chinese expansion. Presents the history of the Dala Lama forward from the birth of Sonam Gyatso, Tibet's 3rd Dalai Lama in the 16th century, through his successors to the life in exile of Tibet's current 14th spiritual leader. c2000. 46 min. Video/C 7833

Dalai Lama's & Tulku's.
A presentation of the history of Tibet and Buddhism as it developed in that country. 1991. 48 min. Video/C 2469

Diamond Path.
A history and geography of Nepal is followed by a discussion of Buddhism and Hinduism in the context of the history of Nepal and surrounding countries. 1991. 36 min. Video/C 2468

The Doctor's Story. (Life; 40)
Nepal has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. This episode explores the plight of Nepal's local health services, and links the situation to the prohibition by the U.S. government against funding any non-governmental organization that supports abortion. c2003. 23 min. Video/C 9849 (for other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events)

Empowering Women in Nepal: Credit Where It's Due
Women in Nepal bear the brunt of farming and household chores and have very limited access to their own real property, savings, and credit. But now, in villages throughout the country, women are beginning to improve their lot with the help of microcredit projects that encourage cash savings and provide livelihood skills training and credit. This video presents three rural Nepali women who have taken control of their lives through microenterprise projects, reaping not only economic and financial benefits, but a new sense of unity and power. 2001. 10 min. Video/C MM429

Empowerment Through Unity: Pani Milan, Strategies to Create a Network of Grassroots Women in the Himalayas.
Documentary of the regional workshop on the social conditions of the women that the group HIMAWANTI succeeded in bringing together with over 200 women throughout the Hindu-Kush-Himalayas attending. 2002. 39 min. Video/C MM867

Highway to Hell: Trafficking of Girls from Nepal to India
Examines the plight of Nepalese girls tricked into leaving home, often with the promise of marriage or legitimate employment, then sold to brothels in India. 2000. 38 min. Video/C 9738

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama: Human Rights and Moral Practice.
Documents a talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the University of California at Berkeley on the subject of human rights and moral practice. This talk marks one of the rare occasions on which the Dalai Lama has spoken so forthcomingly on concrete political themes such as birth control, the arms trade, global economy and the recent Gulf crisis. He stresses that a peaceful, loving society will grow out of spiritual searching and human compassion. 1996. 35 min. Video/C 5018

Images of the Gender role in Two ILO Projects in Asia and Africa.
Equality, empowerment and appropriate project design are debated by men and women participating in two Internatinal Labour Office projects. In Nepal, women and men work together in a rural skills training project. In Uganda, women work separately from men as they learn to bargain for their trade union rights in a worker's education project. 1991. 26 min. Video/C MM1101

Journey into the Himalayas.
The Vale of Kashmir has been a destination of tourists for centuries. It is renowned throughout the world, not only for its exquisite crafts but also for the exotic houseboats which line the shores of picturesque Dal Lake. Keith Adam looks behind the tourist facade to find the lifestyle of the real Kashmir. 2005. 30 min. DVD 5224

The Killing Terraces (Raktamme garaharu)
Documents the political conflict in Nepal that resulted in the start of the "People's War" in 1996. Journeying in 2001 to Rolpa, Rukum, and Jajarkot, the western Nepalese districts most involved in the war, the film crew interviews participants and victims from differing sides (including members of the ruling Nepali Congress, the police, and Maoist rebels) and examines the impact the war has had on the people of the region. 2001. 46 min. PAL format. Video/C 9712

Lord of the Dance: Destroyer of Illusion.
Filmed in a remote region of Nepal within the shadow of Mt. Everest, Lord of the Dance documents activities at two Buddhist monasteries where Sherpas and Tibetans preserve a unique way of life and vision of the world. The film focuses on the ancient Mani-Rimdu festival of "awakening" and on Trulshig Rinpoche, the Tibetan Lama who directs its performance. 1985. 114 min. Video/C 4530

Mother, Sister, Daughter: The Violence They Face.
Looks at the status of women in Nepal through articles published earlier as features in the Nepali press. Despite existing legislation against gender discrimination, these stories highlight that its enforcement has not been effective enough to protect women from the adversity that so many face within both family and society. 2003. 26 min. Video/C MM866

My Husband Doesn't Mind if I Disco
Examines gender roles of women in post-Maoist Tibetan society, focusing on the divisions between tradition and modernization, rural and urban life. 1994. 29 min. Video/C MM721

Nepal: Mt. Everest and More
A travelogue of Nepal presenting the scenic beauty of the kingdom including Mt. Everest and 8 of the 10 highest peaks on earth, birds, mammals, and plants. Also visits the streets of Katmandu with music and religious processions in celebration of festivals that go back hundreds of years. 1999. PAL format. 17 min, Video/C 8918

Nice Weather, Mr. Pradhan
An anthropologist from Nepal comes to a small town in the Netherlands to study the care of the aged in Dutch society. He in turn becomes the object of close scrutiny by his subjects, most of whom have little knowledge about the Nepalese. A delightful portrayal of the benefits that can result from an interchange of cultures. 1989. 28 min. Video/C 4235

The Price of Youth.
Examines the explosion in systematic tafficking of young girls and women from Nepal to work as prostitutes in neighboring Bombay, India. Looks at grassroots efforts to combat their forced prostitution and to rehabilitate these young victims.A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2003. 10 min. DVD 3246

The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche
Choenzey is a 47-year-old Tibetan monk who lives in exile in a Buddhist monastery in southern India. His spiritual master, Khensur Rinpoche, has been dead four years. But according to Tibetan belief, the Rinpoche will be reincarnated and it is Choenzey's responsibility to find the reincarnation and look after him. This utterly fascinating and compelling film follows Choenzey's search and eventual discovery of an impish but gentle four-year-old who is recognized by the Dalai Lama to be the looked-for reincarnation. 1991. 50 min. DVD 6813

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The Thread of Karma

Saltmen of Tibet (Die Salzmanner von Tibet)
Documents the ancient traditions and day-to-day rituals of a Tibetan nomadic community on a three-month pilgrimage. Observing age-old taboos and steadfast homage to the deities of nature, four men meticulously plan their yak caravan to fetch precious salt from the holy lakes of the Changtang region of northern Tibet. In Tibetan with English subtitles. 1998. 118 min. Video/C 6123

Sandpainting: Sacred Art of Tibet
The ancient art of Tibetan sandpainting has been preserved in the monasteries of Tibet and India for over 2000 years. In this live program, Tibetan monks perform this unique art form as they create the mandala of Kalacakra, the most sacred of Buddhist sand paintings. The film also explores the meaning of the symbolic images and shows the meditation and rituals for which they are created. c1993. 27 min. Video/C 8383

Satya, A Prayer for the Enemy.
Since the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950, more than one million people have been tortured, executed or starved to death for their role in demonstrations against the Chinese occupation. This film focuses on personal testimonies of Tibetan Buddhist nuns who have taken the lead in this resistance by fearlessly staging courageous demonstrations for religious freedom and independence. A film by Ellen Bruno, 1993. 28 min. Video/C 4704

The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet
When Communist China marched into Tibet in 1949, Tibetans took up arms against the invading forces. Unknown to most, from the mid-1950s to 1969 the CIA armed, financed, and trained Tibetan guerrillas in an effort to curtail the expansion of communism. This project, code named ST Circus, was one of the CIA's longest-running covert operations. To the dismay of Tibetan soldiers, the CIA pulled out their support when the U.S. decided that ST Circus was no longer in the best interest of America's political and economic agenda. c2000. 50 min. Video/C 8545

Sky Burial
Follows the ritual of 'jha-tor,' the giving of alms to birds in a northern Tibetan monastery, where the bodies of the dead are offered to the vultures as a final act of kindness to living beings...The sky, or the universe, is where the sacred world lies. To merge with the sky after death is a holy event, one that replaces the sufferings of this world with peace. Produced and directed by Ellen Bruno. 12 min. DVD 6847

Strange Spirit: One Country's Occupation
A documentary film chronicling the Chinese invasion and brutal occupation of Tibet from the first battles in 1950 to the present day. Includes interviews with Tibetan exiles including soldiers who describe the fall of the capital city of Lhasa and how they smuggled the Dalai Lama across the Himalayas into India. Tibet's "warrior nun", Ani Pachen, describes her 21-year imprisonment while other former prisoners describe executions, mass graves and suicides during their years of incarceration. Chinese police footage shows the brutal suppression of Tibetans engaged in pro-independence demonstrations. 1997. 40 min. Video/C 5421

A Stranger in my Native Land
The personal account, by a Tibetan exile who was born and raised in India, of his journey through Tibet. He visits the village where his father lived, as well as the city of Lhasa. He locates relatives who remained behind when his parents fled after World War II, and finds that Tibetan language and culture are in decline, having been largely replaced by Chinese. A film by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. 1998. 34 min. DVD X3262

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The Thread of Karma
Presents a followup on "The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche" (1991) which followed a Tibetan monk (Choenzey), to find the reincarnation of his recently deceased master, Khensur Rinpoche, and documented Choenzey's eventual discovery of a four-year-old boy (Tenzin Khentse) recognized by the Dalai Lama to be the one. Sixteen years later in 'The Thread of Karma' the filmmakers revisit the reincarnation at Drepung Monastery in South India, where he has been brought up within the age-old traditions of Tibetan Buddhist monastic life. He is now 20 years old, and his devoted attendant, Choenzey, continues to take care of him. Offers an intimate look at the life of the young lama as he aspires to live up to the reputation of his former incarnation. Directed by Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam. 2007. 50 min. DVD X3264

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Tibet in Exile.
Since China's occupation of Tibet in 1949, the culture of this ancient and romote country has been under attack. More than 1 million Tibetans have died and over 6,000 Buddhist monasteries have been destroyed. This film portrays Tibet's struggle for survival, focusing on the nearly 120,000 Tibetans who have escaped to India and Nepal in hopes of preserving their unique culture. 1991. 30 min. Video/C 2486

Tibetan Buddhism
An educational documentary on Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Himalayas, filmed in the Lukil Valley of Ladakh. The film provides an in-depth portrait of the annual cycle of interdependence among monks, laity, deity-protectors and nature. 1983. 120 min. Video/C 4260

Tibetan Buddhism: Politics, Power, and the Birth of the Dalai Lama.
Indian Buddhism transformed Tibet from a feudal society to an egalitarian culture that valued learning and religion ... but not without a struggle. This film examines the history of Tibetan Buddhism: the Lhasa/Shigatse power struggle and intervention by Genghis Khan, subsequent Tibetan alliances with Kublai and Altan Khan to contain Chinese political aspirations, and the institution of the Dalai Lama. c2000. 46 min. Video/C 7834<p>

Tibetan Tradition in Crisis (UCB Open Window series)
Kenting Tai, the situ rinpoche, discusses the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. Examines the impact of the Chinese occupation of Tibet and more recently on the opening of Tibet on traditional beliefs and religious institutions. 1985. [3/4" Umatic format] 1985. Video/C 866

The Trials of Telo Rinpoche
Documentary portrait of Telo Rinpoche, a.k.a. Eddie Ombadykow, a young Philadelphia native and son of Kalmykian emigrants. He is also a Buddhist monk who was brought up in a Tibetan monastery in India from the age of seven and who was recognized by the Dalai Lama as an important reincarnate lama, or spiritual master. The film follows Rimpoche in his current position as co-chair of Kalmykia's religious affairs department, a daunting assignment. He's shown working with government officials and visiting the Dalai Lama in India, his family in Philadelphia, and locations where he plans to build new Buddhist learning institutions in Kalmykia. Produced and directed by Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam. 1999. DVD 6812

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Turbulent River in Tibet and Southwest China.
First in a series of programs exploring the lifestyles of the people who live near the Mekong's banks. This program examines the lives of people who live at the source of the Mekong: shepherds, fisherman, farmers and traders in Tibet and southwestern China. The Bai people and the Dai people discuss their concerns about the overcutting of timber, water pollution and proposed dams. The role of the Mekong in their local economies is explored along with their history, customs and religion. 1996. 52 min. Video/C 7341

What Remains of Us (Ce qu'il reste de nous)
A young Tibetan from the diaspora enters her homeland for the first time - carrying a clandestine video message from the Dalai Lama to Tibetans inside Tibet. Powerfully affected, the people break 50 years of silence, their whispered reactions revealing the urgency of the current situation. Directed by Francois Prevost, Hugo Latulippe. Dist: National Film Board of Canada. 2008. 76 min. DVD X278

Yarkyi Y2K: 41st Anniversary of TIPA
Performances of traditional and contemporay tibetan songs and folk dances to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the founding of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

Contents: Performances: Uhnyay drenlu (solo singer) -- Jangsem chen (solo singer) -- Nangchen choedro (dance) -- Toeshay gangtoe thonpo (dance) -- Nangsay kabshey (group song) -- Tashipai dhar (group song) -- Gungngon uhphang thojung (dance) -- Doemey gar (dance) -- Lungpa chigdang lungsang ghi fu (group song) -- Drimoe drilen (group song) -- Dharkar ringmo (solo singer). PAL format 2000. 90 min. Video/C 8919

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