- Dear Max
I am surprised at the uncanny ability of indiadisasters.org to partner
with fundamentalist groups. If I remember right in the initial days of the
tsunami rehabilitation I had come across a link in the website that led to
the Sewa Bharati relief work - and this while groups across the world were
trying to make sure that funding to hate groups are stopped. I remember
having pointed this out at the Cuddalore childrens consultation
Once again - we come a full circle - It is a well known fact that the
Amritananda Mayee foundation and the Art of Lving foundation have tied up
with tsunami relief and rehabilitation processes in Tamil Nadu at least. I
just thought that I should register my protest on any event that is
organised with the support or in collobaration with these groups.
Incidentally, if you did not know, Amrita TV is a television channel run
by Amritananda Mayee Ashram
Nagarbhavi, Bangalore - 560 072
On Thu, 29 Sep 2005 Max Martin wrote :
>Deconstructing Disastersfestival from October 1 to 30 across five south Indian cities, with a
>A travelling film festival calls for a reality check
>indiadisasters.org, the humanitarian website, is organising a film
focus on natural disasters and the response they evoke. The travelling
festival, "Deconstructing Disasters", featuring 10 films, will be
inaugurated on the seashore of Keechankuppam in Nagapattinam, one of the
villages worst hit by the tsunami.
>around Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai and Kanyakumari, followed
>Screenings will be done in collaboration with partner groups in and
by discussions with filmmakers at select venues.
>deal with issues as diverse as recurring floods in Bihar, drought in
>Half the films in the festival are on the tsunami, and the other half
Orissa and earthquake in Gujarat. While daytime city screenings cover the
whole range of films, the village and beach shows will focus more on
>after their lives are torn apart. They address the economics, politics
>The festival films feature stories of people coping with disasters even
and ecology of disasters. And they show humanitarian agencies' response
to disasters and probe their efficacy and the challenges they face. In
short, the stress will be on disaster preparedness, rehabilitation,
rights and standards.
>rehabilitation, focusing on aspects of preparedness, rights and standards
>The festival aims to increase public awareness on natural disasters and
- the core concerns of indiadisasters.org. The website is a venture by a
small team of independent professionals from media, humanitarian work and
software industry who brought out The India Disasters Report (OUP: 2000).
Their latest initiative is the Tsunami Response Watch, a website, and
includes a weekly e-newsletter and media inserts in Tamil.
>filmmakers and journalists, chaired by the national award-winning
>The films for Deconstructing Disasters were selected by a jury comprising
director Rajeev Nath on September 21 at Thiruvananthapuram Press Club.
The selected films are From Chaos to Creativity, Voices from a Disaster,
Living on the Edge, Our Life, Our Film, River Taming Mantras, Waves after
Waves, Tsunami, Harvest of Hunger, Children of Tsunami and Outside Mercy.
See schedule for screening details.
>Liberation, Bangalore University Department of Adult and Continuing
>The partners include: Sneha - Nagapattinam, Human Rights Forum for Dalit
Education, Indian Social Institute - Bangalore, Kerala Independent
Fishworkers Federation, Kairali TV, Amrita TV, Chennai NGO Coordination
Council, Loyola College - Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari Rehabilitation
Resource Centre, Rural Uplift Centre (RUC), Society for Education and
Development (SED), and Books for Change.
>Episodes from a TVE television series.
>Films at the festival:
>Chaos to Creativity ( 15 min)
>Women rebuild after disasters in developing countries.
>By Groots International
>Voices from a Disaster (28 min)
>People's tribunal hearing on Gujarat earthquake.
>By K. P. Sasi
>Children of Tsunami (23 min)
>Mala, 11, and Selvam, 13, describe what the tsunami meant for them.
>By Satya Sivaramanthe tsunami.
>Living on the Edge (11 min)
>An expose of bad temporary shelters near Chennai.
>By Magimai Prakasam
>Outside Mercy (27 min)
>Farmers and saltpan workers of Nagapattinam demand better relief after
>By R Revathi, Deepu, Cliftonresponses.
>River Taming Mantras (31 min)
>A panoramic view of recurring floods in Bihar; causes consequences,
>By Sanjay Barnela and Vasant Sabervalafter the 2001 Gujarat earthquake.
>Our Life, Our Film (31 min)
>Story of a group of women in Kutch struggling to rebuild their lives
>By a group of village womenin Tamil Nadu.
>Tsunami, Landslide, Earthquake
>An educational film about disasters
>By State Institute of Educational Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
>Harvest of Hunger (60 min)
>Marginal farmers from western Orissa Fleeing from drought and hunger.
>By Rupashree Nanda
>Waves after Waves (45 min)
>Song and dance rejuvenate the lives of children affected by the tsunami
>By Leena Manimekalai5:30PM
>Oct 1 Nagapattinam
>Keechankuppam beach 5:30PM
>Oct 2 Nagapattinam
>Kollidam, Tharkasu 5:30PM
>Oct 8-9 Bangalore
>Indian Social Institute 24 - Benson Road, Benson Town 5:30PM
>Oct 15 Thiruvananthapuram
>Press Club 10:00AM
>Oct 15-16 Thiruvananthapuram
>Shangumugham Beach 5:30PM
>Oct 22 Chennai
>Deepika, Citadel Campus, Behind Ega Cinema, Langton's Road 10:00AM
>Oct 22 Chennai
>Srinivasapuram Football ground, Pattinapakkam 5:30PM
>Oct 23 Chennai
>Kannaki Nagar temporary shelters, Thuraipakkam 5:30PM
>Oct 29 Kanyakumari
>Hotel Vijayetha, WCC Road, Nagercoil 2PM
>Oct 30 Kanyakumari
>School campus, Keezhemanakkudi, and Playground near RC School, Puthur
>Coordinator, Deconstructing Disasters
>Mobile : +91 98472 84898
>For local/ media queries:
>Nagapattinam: Revathi Radhakrishnan
>(Filmmaker, +91 9444030032)
>Bangalore: Max Martin
>(Editor, indiadisasters.org: +91 98451 46718)
>Thiruvananthapuram: L Ajith
>(Coordinator, Deconstructing Disasters: +91 98472 84898)
>Chennai: Satya Sivaraman
>(Editor - Regional, indiadisasters.org:+91 98402 82680)
>Kanyakumari: Johnson Raj
>(Director, Kanyakumari Rehabilitation Resource Centre, +91 9443747038)