TALES FROM THE MARGINS

a film by Kavita Joshi
[Short Documentary; 23 min; colour; Manipuri with English subtitles; India; 2006]



Twelve women disrobe publicly on the streets of Manipur, in protest… For over 6 years a young woman has been on a fast-to-death demanding justice; she is kept under arrest and is forcibly nose-fed. Why are the women of Manipur using their bodies as their battlefield?

Manipur is a state in India’s North-East region, riven for decades by insurgency and violence. The Indian government has attempted to crush the insurgency through its military might; shielded by by undemocratic laws. Yet, little is heard about Manipur and its troubles across the nation’s landscape. This is a place that mainland India has marginalised; that the world has forgotten.

‘Tales from the Margins’ travels to this remote, strife-torn corner of India to document the extraordinary protests of Manipuri women for justice. And through their lives, to focus on a vast human tragedy.

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FESTIVALS AND AWARDS:
§ Jury Prize, Docudays Human Rights Film Festival, Ukraine
§ Special Jury Mention, Festival Medias Nord Sud 2007 Geneva
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Silver Remi, World Fest Houston 2007
§ Hon'ble Mention, IAWRT Awards 2009
§ Best Documentary, YNW Film Festival 2008, Srilanka
§ Citation for Film on Human Rights, 19th UGC CEC awards
§ Technical Excellence in Audiowork, 19th UGC CEC awards

also:
Asian Hotshots 2008 Berlin
50th DOK Leipzig 2007
South Asian Visual Arts Collective, Toronto
22nd DOK.Fest Munich 2007
International Museum of Women, California
Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) 2008
L’Alternativa Barcelona 2007
Film South Asia 2007, Kathmandu
Docs DF 2007, Mexico
Mad Cat San Francisco 2007
DC Meets Delhi Washington DC
Open Frame 2007 Delhi (UNESCO Package)
VIBGYOR 2007, Thrissur
IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival 2007 Delhi; Ahmedabad; Pune
World Social Forum India 2006

KEY TEAM:
Director and Producer: Kavita Joshi ; Camera: Sunayana Singh ; Sound: Asheesh Pandya ; Editing: Mahadeb Shi.

The filmmakers thank IAWRT, NRK Norway, NIPCO Manipur, Jai Chandiram, Ima Gyaneshwari Devi and K. Sunil for their unstinting support.


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