Video Literacy

Inspired by the experience of running Video Letters to WSF in 2004, a public call where young people with little infrastructure from all over the world had sent video messages to the World Social Forum, Majlis started this programme to make video accessible, both as technical skill and narrative language, to community groups. Under this programme a niche group of people were provided elementary training in video and then helped in creating video essays on their lives / locations. The material thus evolved became a part of the video footage archive. Hence the project begun as community pedagogy and ended as local history initiative.

In Girangaon (village of textile mills), with Rojgar Hakk Samiti, Parel, 2004

  • Kato Magar Pyar Se (trim, yet with affection), mentor – Paromita Vohra, 9.32 mins
    On the roadside hair cutting salons.
  • Ranau Bandh (enduring ties)_Bharatmata, mentor – Avijit Mukul Kishore, 5.40 mins
    On the imminent threat of closure of the neighborhood cinema due to gentrification.

In Jogeswari, with Dharakt-e-Ilm for young adult girls in a Muslim settlement, 2006
On their aspirations, self perceptions and community network