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CCS hosts its 10th Annual Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival
Narendra Ch | 31 Aug 2013

India's leading think tank, Centre for Civil Society in partnership with India Habitat Centre is hosting its 10th Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival from 29 August - 1 September 2013.

The festival aims to capture livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor and bring to light policies and regulations that limit the livelihood freedom of the poor. This year, the Centre received entries from countries across Asia including Singapore, China, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh. 38 documentaries have been shortlisted for screening. The films include long and short films by both professional documentary makers and filmmaking students.

CCS is also partnering with the Delhi Photography Club to host a photo exhibition. Over 40 photographs will be showcased at the festival.

In the backdrop of the 10th Jeevika Film Festival, CCS is organising a set of sessions to bring together interested stakeholders to discuss and identify policy measures and reforms needed in the Livelihoods space in India. The sessions are titled:

  • Realising the potential of the Bamboo sector in India:the case for regulatory reforms and their implementation, this panel will review regulations which restrict bamboo-based livelihoods and those which have been passed but not implemented to support bamboo-based livelihoods. Joining for this panel are Dr. S K Khanduri, Inspector General of Forests, Ministry of Environment & Forests; Kamesh Salam, Founder & Executive Director, South Asia Bamboo   Federation and Nandan Saxena, Independent film-maker and journalist, winner of the Rajat Kamal (National Award) for his documentary on farmer-suicides in Vidarbha.
  • From Swatantrata to Azaadi : the road to Economic Freedom: Dr. Parth J Shah, President of the Centre for Civil Society, will explore the significance of economic freedom and what this freedom means to the common man.
  • Do we have the right policy framework for skill development in India, yet?
    With a target of skilling 500 million by 2022, the magnitude and complexity of the mission demands a robust policy framework to address the various gaps and needs of this high-potential sector. This panel will explore these gaps and identify policy options to bridge them. Anju Talwar, CEO – Skills Academy, Ambarish Datta, Managing Director of the BSE Institute, Gouri Gupta, Lead, Strategy & Program Development at NSDC;Isabel Sutcliffe, International Standards & Quality Director, Pearson Education (India) and Rohan Joshi, Project Director – Skill Development,  BARTI (Dept  of Social Justice, Maharashtra) will be on the panel.

The award ceremony for the festival will be held on 1 September 2013 at the Stein Auditorium at the India Habitat Centre. The ceremony will be followed by a musical performance by Vidya Shah, acclaimed musician, composer and researcher  titled ‘A life in music, a livelihood in music?’ which will explore through an illustrated talk and music, the challenges and celebrations through the lives of remarkable women and the times they lived in.

The festival is an important platform to launch new filmmakers and help documentary artists showcase their work, to encourage their interest in livelihood issues and to strengthen the Freedom Struggle for the Poor and change the attitudes and minds of the many towards inclusive and sustainable development and to advocate for liberalisation at the bottom of the pyramid.