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A Day in Shrishnagar
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This film is about the Training and Visit System, a program that trains farmers in India to use new farming methods. Under the program, government employees called "extension agents," who are specialists in agriculture, are assigned to a particular area and learn about farming conditions there. They meet regularly with farmers in the area to teach them about techniques that will help them increase their output and to encourage them to try the new farming techniques and continue using them. Every two weeks, the agents meet together to talk about their experiences and receive further training. ID:SA3

Addicted to Heroin
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While Afghanistan continues to wage battle at its border against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, there is another force within the country that threatens its stability: its production of and trafficking in heroin.ID:SA93

Afghan Star
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"Afghan Star" is a TV show modeled on the UK's "Pop Idol." We join the 2008 contest when it's down to nine contestants, and we focus on two women, Setara and Lema, and two men, Hameed and Rafi. We watch the two women in particular: Satara sings with emotion and includes dance in her final performance, an action that puts her life in danger; Lema is traditional, but her very appearance brings death threats. The three finalists are from different tribes, and each makes a plea for Afghan unity. The camera visits families watching the competition, there are comments from people in the street, and we return home with a nervous Setara. In Afghanistan, singing is an expression of freedom. ID:SA169

Afghan Stories
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Horrified by the 9/11 attacks on America, filmmaker Taran Davies and Afghan American, Walied Osman, set out for Afghanistan to observe how the Afghan people have survived 24 years of war. They meet a member of the Afghan royal family once tortured by the Taliban, a refugee family stuck in a one-room apartment, a revered Muslim elder, an aid worker and a warlord. A unique and intimate film, Afghan Stories documents the torment, resolve and dreams of a people whose lives have been torn apart by war. ID:SA 170

AIDS; Fire Eyes - PBS special
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In the first night's two-hour broadcast, "The Age of AIDS" begins with the medical and scientific mystery that emerged in 1981 when five gay men in Los Angeles were diagnosed with a new disease. The film documents the frantic search by American and European scientists and epidemiologists to find the source of the deadly infection as they tracked its spread among gay men, intravenous drug users, and hemophiliacs, and then into the general population. The trail led them back in time, from major American and European cities to Haiti and finally to the Congo. The film also examines the next wave of the AIDS epidemic in some of the most populous and strategically important nations in the world, including Russia, India and China. ID:SA56

Algebra of Water, The
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In India, the children of the rich attend parties in artificial blizzards and monsoons, and the town cars of the urban elite are washed daily, while the poor scratch out a living from cracked, water-starved earth and wells run dry through the countryside. “These things look good only on television,” a teen says after a rain dance party, “things about economy and saving water and all that.” But as massive dams channel water and electricity to the cities while millennia-old river-dependent communities find themselves either edited out of the water’s path or drowned in it, the landscape of water politics in India has become a man-made crisis. ID:SA81

An End to Silence, Part 1: Paradise is Under Your Mother's Foot.
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"Paradise is Under Your Mother's Foot." The prophet Mohammed is supposed to have said this -- and yet in the majority of Muslim countries, women are still oppressed by law. Are these laws of oppression really contained in the Koran and Hadith or are they merely male interpretations or regional customs which have subsequently become as influential as the Koran and Hadith? In order to answer these questions, a network of women's groups, "Women Living Under Muslim Laws" was set up on an international scale in 1984. The headquarters of the WLUML is in Lahore, Pakistan. Here, the women are working together on a major project: they are collecting practical examples of how the so-called Muslim laws are applied in different countries -- examining, comparing and interpreting them. In the process, they have discovered that the Sharia is applied in very different ways in the various Islamic countries. ID:SA91

Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh
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Ladakh, or "Little Tibet", is a wildly beautiful desert land high in the western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate. Yet, for more than a thousand years, it has been home to a thriving culture. Traditions of frugality and co-operation, coupled with an intimate and location-specific knowledge of the environment, enabled the Ladakhis not only to survive, but to prosper. Then came "development". Now in Leh, the capital, one finds pollution and divisiveness, inflation and unemployment, intolerance and greed. Centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are under threat from modernisation. The breakdown of Ladakh's culture and enviroment forces us to re-examine what we really mean by "progress" -- not only in the "developing" parts of the world, but in the industrialized world as well. The story of Ladakh teaches us about the root causes of environmental, social and psychological problems, and provides valuable guidelines for our own future. ID:SA115

Annapurna Mahila Mandala (Bombay)
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An experiment in grassroots development for women. Deals with self-employed women who cook for male migrant workers in Bombay. With video guide. ID:SA1

The Atom Bomb, The Abduction of Sita, Goddess Durga:Bengali Pat performances by Gurupada Chitrakor
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Gurupada sings the stories and shows his scrolls of the Atom Bomb; The Abduction of Sita; Goddess Durga; Clearly subtitled. ID:SA88

Banaras Muharram and the Coals of Karbala
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In Banaras the annual Muharram festival recalls Imam Husayn, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, his horse, and his followers who died in the battle at Karbala in present-day Iraq in 680 CE. In Banaras homes and courtyards Muslim women slap their chests and chant the names of the martyrs. Through Banaras streets Shia and Sunni men join in processions slapping their chests, singing songs praising the martyrs, and vowing, Never again shall we raise our hands against our brethren. Never again Karbala! During the night Shia and Sunni men, together with many of their Hindu friends, run across prepared beds of glowing coals, demonstrating their fearlessness. The Muharram message is one of peace, brotherhood, resoluteness, and community harmony. ID:SA154

Beauty Academy of Kabul, The
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A documentary following American women (some of whom emigrated from Afghanistan in the early 1980s) who return to the capital city of Kabul to open an American-style school for beauticians. Some of their students are women who maintained "underground" beauty salons while the city was under strict Taliban control. ID:SA171

Beneath the Banyan Tree
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A video created by preeminent scholar Joseph Miller that documents the week-long creation of a par painting.

Born into Brothels
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Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids is a 2004 American documentary film about the children of prostitutes in Sonagachi, Kolkata's red light district. The widely acclaimed film, written and directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, won a string of accolades including the Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2004. ID:SA176

Breaking the Silence
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The Taliban's prohibition of music was the most severe in history. Apart from unaccompanied chants, all music was banned and instruments were broken and burnt. ID:SA135

Caste at Birth
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Award-winning filmmaker, Mira Hermesh ("Maids and Madams") continues her exploration of human injustice with this film on India's caste system. Although most people know that the lowest social class in India are the "untouchables," few in the West realize the gravity of their situation. There are some 50 million Indians who live a segregated life. From birth, all alternatives are closed to them. They can not own land or be educated and are consigned to the most menial work--e.g., sweeping streets, cleaning toilets, or butchering animals. In villages they are subjected to abuse and sometimes killed for minor slights to landowners. While the government has tried to improve the condition of the untouchables, these attempts have been met by strong resistance. Upper caste Hindus profit from this source of cheap labor. In addition, the Hindu notion that the "untouchable" is impure is deeply ingrained. However, a few leaders who have arisen from their ranks are trying to bring about change in the face of overwhelming odds. ID:SA4

Cave Temples of India, The
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The Cave Temples of India may seem an unlikely place to research the future of 21st century physics, economics or political science. But embodied there in stone temples and sculptures more than 1500 years old is a knowledge of how our universe operates that dwarfs our present comprehension and opens the door for our culture’s next stage of growth. Even more, these temples give operative demonstration of powerful and effective ways to work with that knowledge for our own health, wisdom, and well-being, and that of all Creation. The sculptures in these temples employ an unlikely palette of tools – empowered geometry, intention, passion, stillness, and coherence – all means of working through the realms of life-force energy (chi or prana). These design elements enable the sculptures to act as sophisticated tools for chakra meditation, for healing, for direct connection with the sacred and other consciousness, and for accessing understanding of how our universe operates. Quantum physics led to our acknowledgement of the instantaneous interconnectedness and consciousness of all Creation. Indian science explains, and these temples demonstrate, its significance in how the universe works. Adding the realms of life-force energy to our understanding of physics is giving powerful transformation to it, to our other sciences, and to the culture we build upon them. ID: SA152

Children Playing Gods
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During the festival of the Ramlila, the streets of the city of Varanasi, India, are transformed into dramatic stages, where the "gods" descend onto the earth and 'play' in the form of children. ID:SA 175

Covered
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Just over a decade ago it was hard to find women on the streets of Cairo who veiled, a custom that their forebears struggled to overthrow at the beginning of the twentieth century. But today, many Muslim women in Egypt wear a head scarf called the hejab, and in more extreme cases they cover their entire faces. This absorbing documentary offers a rare opportunity to examine the restoration of veiling and the reasons for its pervasiveness through the eyes of Egyptian women. In unique interviews with women of different ages and backgrounds, "Covered" reveals that Islamic tradition, religious fundamentalism, and growing nationalism are not solely responsible for decisions to wear the hejab. Diverse social, economic and political factors, as well as personal preferences, often play prominent roles. As timely as it is compelling, the film shows how complex causes account for a phenomenon that is poorly understood outside the Muslim world. ID:SA25

Dadi's Family
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Dadi is the grandmother and mother-in-law, or, as she explains, the "manager" of an extended family. In the Haryana region of Northern India, women leave their natal villages and come as strangers to the households of their husband's mothers. This film explores the family and its problems, particularly through the women of Dadi's family. The women speak about inherent tensions created by the authority of Dadi, the loneliness of veiled daughters-in-law who always remain outsiders, and husbands' expectations that wives will labor in the fields, fetch water and cow dung, and still have food and water waiting at home. ID:SA2

Darubrahma
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Four striking wooden figures occupy the central shrine of the magnificent temple to Lord Jagannath ("Lord of the Universe") in Puri, Orissa, India. Periodically, as these four wooden figures die, they are re-created from four trees selected from the Orissa countryside by Daita tribal priests. This film describes the legend linking the Daita tribal priests to the king of Puri and the brahman priests who serve in the Puri temple. Viewers follow the priests as they select the trees, supervise their cutting, their transportation to Puri, the transfer of souls from the four dying figures to the four newly-created figures, and the installation of the new figures in the gigantic Jagannath festival carts that are pulled by thousands of devotes through the streets of Puri. The film captures many shades of devotion, tradition and ritual that accompany the periodic re-creation of Lord Jagannath and his three companions from the trees of Orissa. ID:SA41

Daughters of Afghanistan
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When the hated Taliban were ousted, Afghan women felt their living nightmare was over. Now, they hoped to harness the future for their daughters in the former pariah state - despite being left isolated and alone by the international community. Canadian journalist Sally Armstrong guides us on a journey following four women and one girl as they pursue their dreams of liberation. ID:SA 172

Dateline Afghanistan: Reporting the Forgotten War
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As the US and its allies engage in a continuing battle to free Afghanistan of its ties to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, many journalists from around the world cover the ongoing conflict. Go inside the ranks of these brave men and women as they risk their lives to prevent the truth of what's really going on today. SA 189

Development flows from the Barrel of the Gun
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This film presents and examines orchestrated state violence against indigenous and local peoples when they rally and protest against development projects on their lands. Rather than focusing on a single instance, the filmmakers strengthen their thesis by recording examples from all over the country: Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. In each case, using the local police force, the state has brutalised and killed protestors, often on trumped up charges of violence. ID:SA83

Division of Hearts
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Ordinary people from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh - cartdrivers, laborers, tradespeople, farmers - tell the history of the 1947 division and recount their own tumultuous experiences SA188

Durga-Saptashati
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Devotional Songs based on Goddess Durga. ID:SA51

Et Cetera
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Et cetera is a tetralogy of four separate films made between 1995-1997. They seek to examine the various levels at which the reality of human existence functions. In these films, specific ritual exercitations have been focused on and their movements, contemplated upon, by studying the dynamics of their etymologies. ID:SA167

Father Son and Holy War
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In the politically polarized world, universal ideals are rare. In India, as in many regions, the vacuum is filled by religious zealousness. Minorities are scapegoats of every calamity as nations subdivide into religious and ethnic zones, each seemingly eager to annihilate the others, or to extinguish itself on the altar of martyrdom. But why? FATHER, SON AND HOLY WAR explores in two parts the possibility that the psychology of violence against "the other" may lie in male insecurity, itself an inevitable product of the very construction of "manhood." ID:SA67

Festival of India
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Taped at the Festival of India, sponsored by the Smithsonian in 1985 this video shows a series of folk performers invited to the U.S. Performances include juggling, puppetry, epic story telling, and various crafts people. ID:SA18

Fishing in the Sea of Greed
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Compelling look at Indian fishing communities' vibrant struggle against huge foreign factory ships that prowl the oceans of the world SA197

Follow the Rainbow
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Damming the Subarnarekha River in India's South Bihar region will have catastrophic results for the native Ho Indians. The Ho's campaign of resistance has so far led to the temporary suspension of World Bank payments for the project. ID:SA71

The Fourth Stage: A Hindu's Quest fo Release
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accompanies retired newspaper editor, E.R. Seturam, as he wrestle with the decision whether or not to abandon all of his possessions and become a wandering sannyasin in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. He's recently retired and is at an age when orthodox men traditionally have begun preparation for the fourth stage of life as a sannysin. As he says, "It is one thing to be an arm-chair philosopher and quite another to experience these truths for yourself. Now that I have some time at my disposal, I'm going on a quest for that experience." ID:SA163

From Africa...To India
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Sidi music in the Indian Ocean Diaspora.

From Moghuls to Independence
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This video covers the history of India from the time of Ghenghis Khan's first extension of his domain beyond China. It explains the roles of Tamerlane and his descendant Babur and shows the battle of Panipat in 1526. There would be many more battles before the Afgans were beaten but Babur had established Mongol hegemony over a vast territory. The program then traces the subsequent history of India. ID:SA44

The Future of Progress: Reflections on Environment and Development
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This 30 minute video is made up of interviews with four leading thinkers/activists in the field of environmkent and development: 1.Edward Goldsmith, founder, publisher and co-editor of The Ecologist magazine. 2.Martin Khor, Vice-President of the Third World Network and the Consumer's Association of Penang. 3.Vandana Shiva, Coordinator of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. 4.Helena Norberg-Hodge, Director of the Ladakh Project and the International Society for Ecology and Culture. The Interviews were conducted at an international seminar on environment and development in Biskops-Arno, Sweden, which was jointly organized by the International Society for Ecology and Culture and Friends of the Earth, Sweden. ID:SA114

Global Village, Rajiv's India, Spiritual India
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1. Global Village: Impact of satellite communication on India's development 2. Rajiv Gandhi's India: An ancient land exploding into the modern world. 3. Spritual India: Unveil the beautiful and profound heritage of spriritual India. ID:SA76

Gone to Pat
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They practice a form of painting called "pat"- richly colored storyboards on scrolls that reflect the ancient myths of their Indian culture. This art form is transmitted from generation to generation- the subjects and styles of the paintings simply changing over the years, encompassing what is culturally appealing at the time. Myths are now being replaced by news stories and social sunbjects, such as domestic abuse and environmental issues. While keeping religious and folk myths alive, the pats have taken on a new purpose: to raise social awareness. ID:SA160

Great Tales in Asian Art
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Tales that are supremely important in the respective cultures of India, Indonesia, Korea and japan, seen through the eyes of the artists in these countries. These include, from India, the Ramayana and the Gita-Govinda; from Korea, masked dance-drama; and the Tale of Genji from japan. ID:SA47

Growing Up Young
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About two adolescents in a village in Afghanistan and marriage rituals in an Islamic, nomadic society. ID:SA5

Hanuman
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India's first animated film on Hanuman. ID:SA84

Helping Ourselves!
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The UN Millennium Series Documentary Over the last 25 years India has cut absolute poverty by half. Still 440 million people live on less than a dollar a day. This Life program looks at two community projects that are helping people in India move out of poverty and gain control of their lives. ID:SA180

The Hidden Story & Bai
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This film highlights the struggles of four women from across India and it addresses the ways that these women work collectively to effect change. ID:SA38

Holy Cow
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A documentary that addresses the cow in India as a historical, cultural, and social entity, with particular emphasis on its future in contemporary Indian society. India maintains more cattle per capita than any other country in the world and to some the cow is regarded as a symbol of maternity. Her various social roles, as well as her five sacred products, are explained against a background of urbanization and technological change, both of which threatens the cow's traditional roles. ID:SA16

Hosay Trinidad
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Hosay Trinidad: Muharram Performances in an Indo-Caribbean Diaspora is the first detailed historical and ethnographic study of Islamic muharram rituals performed on the island of Trinidad. The multivocalic rite known as Hosay in the Caribbean developed out of earlier practices originating in Iraq and Iran which diffused to Trinidad by way of South Asian indentured laborers brought to the Caribbean by the British from the mid-1800s to the early decades of the twentieth century. The rituals are important as a Shi'i religious observance, but they also are emblems of ethnic and national identity for Indo-Trinidadians. Frank Korom investigates the essential role of Hosay in the performance of multiple identities by historically and ethnographically situating the event in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Caribbean contexts ID:SA131

Human rights abuses in Afghanistan
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This gripping program documents human rights abuses in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of women, who made this film with video cameras hidden behind their veils. Resistance activities carried out by women’s groups inside the country are also documented. Not for young children. ID:SA110

I am a Sufi, I am a Muslim
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This program introduces Sufism, a branch of Islam, which is much less well known in the West than some of the more fundamentalist forms that are frequently in the news. The program travels to India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Macedonia to explore exactly what is Sufism and observe how it is practices in various parts of the world today. Among the many aspects of Sufism featured in the video 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 Fateh Ali Khan, perhaps the most well-known performer of Qawali music. ID:SA75

In Shopian
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On May 29th, 2009, Shakeel Ahmed Ahangur, a Kashmiri man living in the town of Shopian, returned home from work to find his wife and sister missing. After notifying the police and searching through the night, he discovered their battered bodies in a nearby river. Filmed in 2010, In Shopian presents a firsthand account of Shakeel's story amidst the current state of social unrest in the capital Srinigar and outlying rural areas.

In the Name of God (Raam ke Naam)
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A portrayal into the BJP's suspicious moves during the events around Babri Mosque demolition in december 1992. This documentary explores the other side of the coin. A well made documentary with a purpose, was lost for more than six years in legal battles against BJP. Though the world got a chance to see it late, it is still a very informative documentary, leaving a big question mark on ethics of BJP as a national party. ID:SA34

India - Continuity in Change
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India’s physical, religious and racial variety is as immense as its linguistic diversity. A journey to ancient and diverse history of India ,this movie takes the audience through different phases of Indian history shaped by successive waves of migration. Within this diversity India managed to sustain continuity of Indian civilization and fundamental unity of social structure. ID:SA60

India 93, Investment Opportunities
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It was in July 1991 that Dr Manmohan Singh, the then finance minister of India, presented his first Union Budget. With this India launched a program of economic policy reform aimed to put the country’s economy on a higher growth path. India was in a crisis then and drastic measures were needed to tide over the emergency. This movie describes how the reform affected capital and consumer markets in India; CEOs of major international corporations describe different ways the reform affected their business in the country. ID:SA59

India after Independence
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This video covers the years since Indian Independence in 1947. It begins with the rioting and bloodshed of the first few weeks after Independence then goes on to show Gandhi's assassination and its aftermath, India's war with China, the death of Nehru, the war in Kashmir, the accession of Indira Gandhi, the creation of Bangla Desh, violence against and by the Sikhs, and the assassination of Indira Gandhi. ID:SA45

India Speaks Spice of India Journey into India: The Moghuls
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This film addresses the many varied worlds of which India is made, focusing particularly on differences between rural and urban India and issues of language and regional differences. ID:SA57

India: Land of the Monsoon
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The Monsoon, seasonal winds which bring rain to the Indian sub-continent, have a determining effect on Indian agriculture and life. The video provides a broad overview of Indian geography, its important crops, and some aspects of its culture. ID:SA36

Introduction to Indian Philosophy with Dr. Agehananda Bharati
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In a series of six lectures given at Syracuse University in the fall of 1987 Dr. Bharati introduces Indian philosophy through the ages. ID:SA23

Islam: Empire of Faith
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Between the fall of Rome and the European voyages of discovery, no event was more significant than the rise of Islam. This three-part series tells the spectacular story of the great sweep of Islamic power and faith during its first 1,000 years -- from the birth of the prophet Muhammad to the peak of the Ottoman Empire under the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent. Evocative re-enactments and a remarkable exposition of Islamic art, artifacts and architecture are combined with interviews with scholars from around the world to recount the rise and glory of early Islamic civilization. It is the epic story of a cultural empire that dominated a millennium, encompassed half the world and shaped history. ID:SA123

Jannat ki Rail
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Deriving from the images and sounds of the contemporary Muslim culture of India, this short film celebrates the spirit of popular faith and its expression. Using the allegory of a train journey, the song and the images from devotional posters weave a tapestry of the popular Indian Islam and its folklore. Among the most vibrant examples of popular visual art found in Indian towns and villages are the religious posters and calendars depicting deities, saints, and places of worship, sold at shops or roadside stalls near temples, mosques, and dargahs, and adorned at walls inside homes, shops, or in worship-corners. The modern printing press and the mass production industry have transformed this art form into a full-fledged mass culture, characterized by its own popular aesthetics, the depiction of the folklore, and the marketing devices. Although a majority of Muslim posters available in south Asia portray the shrines at Mecca and Medina, or the Quranic verses in calligraphy, it is also common to find the portraits of local saints, their tombs, miracles, and other folklore, represented as vividly as in a Hindu mythological scene. Also sold with these images are cassettes of popular devotional songs that have much in common with the posters. One such song, Jannat ki Rail (The Train to Heaven) uses the allegory of a train journey - a very common symbol in India's rural landscape - to express the popular devotion and religious aspirations of Indian Muslims. The affects used in this short digital film especially complement the popular esthetics of the images and the music. ID:SA90

Jewel in the Crown, The, Episodes 1-14 in 4 volumes
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When the British Empire was at its height, India was described as the Jewel in Queen Victoria's crown -- the most glittering gem among England's far-flung territorial possessions. The Jewel in the Crown is set in that colony during the last uneasy years of ruling and ruled classes, who try amid the rioting and violence to come to terms with India's inevitable independence. The story opens in Mayapore in February 1942. The Japanese army is massing along the Burmese border after the British have been defeated in Malaya and Burma, and Gandhi is rallying his followers in the struggle against British domination. ID:SA19

Journey Into India
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Three TV travelogues on the west Indian city of Jaipur, the Hindi movie industry in Bombay and the Indian army-the largest voluntary armed force in the world. ID:SA13

The Journey of the Clay-Horses; and Kutiraiyetuppu
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The first film concentrates on the procession as the most important part of the Kutiraiyetuppu festival. The second imparts some of the atmosphere of such a festival in a Tamil village. ID:SA157

JVC Anthology of World Music and Dance: South Asia
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Musical performances from South Asia.

Kabir in Song: A Journey in America
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During a 2.5 month tour, renowned folk artist Prahlad Singh Tipaniya gave 35 concert performances. This video contains glimpses of this journey along with 6 full-length Kabir bhajans from the live performances. ID:SA156

Kabul Transit
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In the broken cityscape of Kabul, Afghanistan, amid the dust and rubble of war, Westerners and Afghans adjust to the uncertain possibilities of peace. "Kabul Transit" shuttles through the broken streets of the city, moving between public space and private, listening in on conversations, posing questions, probing the darker alleys mainstream media avoids. The result is a unique cinematic experience-- a shifting mosaic of encounters and raconteurs, captured glances and telling gestures, all beautifully shot and woven together by the music and the found sounds of a city sluggishly coming to life. Rejecting the usual device of narration and portraiture, the film asks the viewer to experience Kabul as a newly arrived visitor would-- with a freshness born of apprehension on finding oneself in a place that is at once hauntingly strange and altogether familiar. ID:SA 179

Kaise Jeebo Re!
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An enquiry into the effects of the Narmada dam project on the lives of the people it has uprooted and displaced. Questions the theory that large dams are essential for progress. The documentary is a grim story of the disruption in the lives of millions of people, of the submergence of hundreds of villages, of the planned destruction or erosion of ancient and contemporary cultures, and of entire eco-systems. ID:SA66

Kamala and Raji
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Documents the lives of two women who work in the self-employed sector in India. Raji is a vendor of vegetables and Kamla is an organizer with the organization SEWA: Self Employed Women's Association in Ahmedabad, Western India. In the voices of the women, the story of their lives and changes in them after the intervention of SEWA are told. ID:SA27

The Kashmir Story
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This film describes, in the words of the people, the suffering and the aspirations of all Kashmiris-- Sunni and Shia Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists, nomadic, children and their parents, boys with guns and the families whose loved ones no more. The film is made by Sharman and Vaidya who are artists; they highlight the differences of religious perceptions that have overpowered peace in the state and the legacies of the Kashmiri tradition. The film contrasts the beauty of Himalayan landscape with the bloody violence about Kashmir. ID:SA43

Kasthuri
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About a 21-year old Tamil film star named Kasthuri and her life and views on movies in India. India has the largest movie making industry in the world. The film aims to show another side of India to the poverty and dirt usually depicted by the U.S. media. "I wanted to show normal, articulate people who look at their culture with the same sense of humour and maturity that we look at our culture" explains the director, Richard Breyer, Professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communication. ID:SA24

Kathmandu
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Keep Her Under Control: Law's Patriarchy in India
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Nara is a multi-caste village of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs in the northeastern corner of Rajasthan. Nara is dominated by a Muslim farming caste called Meos. The film discusses only the Meos. It shows the paradox between a male ideology that demands the control of women and one woman's resistance to that agenda. ID:SA78

The Killing of Bhopal
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The Bhopal disaster was an industrial catastrophe that took place at a pesticide plant owned and operated by Union Carbide India Limited in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India on December 3, 1984. Estimate 8000 to 10,000 died within 72 hours and 25,000 have since died from gas-related diseases. ID:SA58

Kings, Lovers and Thieves
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This fascinating documentary provides a rare, behind-the-scenes look at India's improvisational and often bawdy form of folk opera, Nautanki, as well as its rural cousin, Khyal. These forms of traveling roadside folk theater are particularly significant in that they have survived and remain popular despite India's increasingly strong attachment to the cinema and to television. Their continued popularity is shown to be a manifestation of current social, political, and cultural influences, as performers take traditional mythological themes and update them to appeal to contemporary audiences. The film interweaves scenes of performances, interviews with noted performers and with spectators, and images of the Indian landscape to document these traditional Indian performing arts. It also explores how cultural tensions, inherent to a society imagined as traditional yet challenged by the contradictions of modernity, raise questions about the definition and longevity of cultural artifacts such as Nautanki and Khyal. ID:SA98

Kora Rajee: An Episode of Jharkhandi Diaspora
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The 52-minute film is on the plight of the descendants of tribals who, in the 1930s, had migrated to Assam and parts of North Bengal as labourers. At present, a large number of plantations have closed down, leaving these people jobless and in a miserable condition. ID:SA82

Larger Than Life: India's Bollywood Film Culture
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This Program travels extensively through the colorful landscape of Indian cinema, providing insightful contrasts and comparisons to the film industry most Westerners know. ID:SA162

The Last Rights of the Honourable Mr. Rai
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A film about the cremation of a longtime resident of the holy city of Varanasi. The film, made at the request of the Rai family is possibly the most detailed and respectful study of the Hindu rites of cremation on the sacred banks of the river Ganga at the historic Harish Chandra Ghat. ID:SA 168

The Living Arts of India
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This videotape is part of the Smithsonian and UNICEF 'Living Arts of India' educational kit and is to be used in conjunction with the kit's teaching manuals. The goal of these instructional materials is to provide information and activities to assist American students in developing a non-stereotypical understanding of India. The tape consists of 36 scenes, following an extensive and elaborate lesson plan, displaying such aspects of Indian culture as acrobatics, puppet shows, puja worship, folk singing, warli mural painting, and wedding preparations and celebrations. ID:SA46

Living Traditions - Indian Dance
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Performance of classical Indian Dance in Syracuse, NY. Interviews with dance artists Roxanne Gupta, Yamuna Sangarasivam and Lalita Sitaram. ID:SA72

Lord Murugan and South-Indian Hinduism
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Lord Murugan and South-Indian Hinduism shows how south-Indian Dravidian civilization has engaged for centuries with Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu ideas from northern India, including debates between those who believe in God and those who do not. Lord Murugan, who emerged in the hills of south India, flourishes today as a major Hindu deity in six sacred sites in Tamil-speaking south India. Pilgrims walk barefoot for days, carry heavy peacock-feathered kavadis on their shoulders, and perform voluntary austerities while they ask for Murugan's blessings on themselves and their loved ones.

Lost Wax
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The Lost Wax Technique is an ancient bronze casting process. Dating 6,000 years it had been used by the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, Indians many other cultures around the world. Most of the elegant bronze statues in the Indian temples were made by the lost wax technique but only a few of them survived the test of time. Fortunately, the Lost Wax techniques are still used by Indian craftsman. This documentary illustrates all the steps of making bronze statues using the technique. ID:SA119

Made in India: A film about surrogacy
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With its dual focus on US and India,the film charts obstacles faced by the Switzers and presents intimate insights into Aasia's circumstances and motivation, as well as the bigger picture of international surrogacy's legal and ethical implications, global corporate practices, human and reproductive rights, and commodification of the body SA192

Made In India: A Fim About Surrogacy
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Made in India is a film about the human experiences behind the phenomenon of "outsourcing" surrogacy to India. It follows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the business of reproductive tourism 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, assisted reproductive technologies and personal choice from a global perspective.

Mahatma Gandhi multimedia e-book
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This CD is based on the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi. The multimedia section is illustrated with photographs, film footage, and Gandhiji's own voice. The E-Book contains the Collected Works arranged chronologically. ID:SA158

Mann Ke Manjeere: An album of women's dreams
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Renowned actress Mita Vasisht enacts the journey of a fearless woman who leaves an abusive marriage and works as a truck driver to support her daughter and herself. Women of all ages and backgrounds climb into the truck to escape the violence they face in their lives. They dance and rejoice on the back of the truck, and the video closes with them dancing together on the sand dunes of Rajasthan. The video is well-choreographed, exuberant and enchanting, and has proved an invaluable tool across the globe in raising the important issues of violence against women, women in non-traditional occupations and women’s access to public space. ID:SA87

Medical Tourists
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Take a trip; get a hip transplant. Americans, many without health insurance, are combining vacations in exotic locales like India and Thailand with complex surgeries performed by world-class doctors--but at Third World prices. Are the risks worth the rewards? ID:SA94

Miseducation of Pakistan, The
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Explores Pakistan's appalling public education system. Using in-depth interviews and shocking footage, the filmmakers reveal a country where quality education is reserved only for a chosen few, while millions of children are denied the chance of a future SA136

Miss India Georgia
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Miss India Georgia is a 56-minute video documentary that tells the stories of four contestants in the Atlanta pageant. The film accompanies the young women to church, temple and mosque; follows while they shop at the mall and hang out with friends; goes with them to parties, fast-food jobs, dance clubs, and pageant rehearsals. In discussions with their grandparents about arranged marriages, in quarrels with their boyfriends, and in revealing conversations with Indian and non-Indian friends, these young women disclose the complexity of their feelings about being first-generation Americans. ID:SA128

Mithila Painters
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This video focuses on five village painters: four women and one man. All five follow the conventions of Mithila painting, yet each has favorite themes and stories and paints them in unique individual styles and colors. Through their accounts of their own lives, highlighted by samples of their own paintings, these five painters illustrate the range of impacts that painting has had on the lives of villagers in Mithala. ID:SA42

Modern Brides: Arranged Marriage in South India
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This film describes two marriages that occur in Mysore, South India in 1983, within middle-class Brahmin communities. The parents of Vinuta (a secretary) and Lokesh (a technician in a tire factory) arranged an entirely "traditional" marriage, complete with dowry and horoscope-matching. The parents of Geetha (a medical student) and Raghu (a fellow doctor) were informed by the two that they wished to marry each other (i.e. to have a love marriage). The parents then proceeded with the marriage arrangements as though it were a "traditional" marriage. Through interviews with the bride, the groom, their parents and other members of their families one learns the important ingredients of a "good marriage," which include the families' reputations and the willingness of all parties to adjust to the new circumstance. ID:SA9

The Moghuls: In the Garden of Delight; The Taj Mahal: A Love Story
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Babur was routed in central Asia and fled, but conquered India. Coming from the desert areas, barren pastures and stony plains of central asia, it was a dazzling sight for the Moghuls to be in India. He reached Kashmir and the valley of Shrinagar. It looked liked the garden of paradise. The Moghul concept of a garden is to take advantage of water, and to tame nature, without spoiling any of her charm. This is how they designed their gardens, as a replica of paradise. Detailed portrayal of the Mughal gardens, their philosophy and use, including Akbar's Fatehpur Sikri. ID:SA62

Motherland Afghanistan
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Medical care for Afghan women. Sedika Mojadidi's camera follows her parents, Qudrat and Nafisa, both physicians, on two visits to their homeland. Her father works in 2003 at Robia Balkhi, a women's hospital in Kabul. Although the US government claims credit for improving life for Afghan women, without supplies and renovations, providing medical care proves impossible. In 2005, they return, first to Kabul: US funds and hard work by the staff have vastly improved Robia Balkhi. ID:SA 173

Mothers of Malappuram
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From Bullfrog Films' 'Not the Numbers Game' series. The Cairo Conference on Population and Development marked a watershed in international debate about global population. Instead of the familiar, stale old arguments about 'numbers' and 'targets,' the conference participants focused on the needs and aspirations of women and men everywhere and how--by working together to meet them--the nations of the world can help stabilize world population. This film examines change in the attitudes of both women's groups and the Indian Government towards population issues. Shot in Kerala and Karnataka by Indian television journalist Nupar Basu. ID:SA48

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
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His father died before he was born, and his mother died when he was only six. But sheltered by a powerful uncle, he made a good start in life, established himself in a profitable business and married well. And then, at the age of 40, he was transformed. A man who could not read or write, he announced that he was the prophet of God. His name was Muhammad, and in the next 23 years he would bring peace to the warring pagan tribes of Arabia and establish the new religion of Islam, which today has 1.2 billion followers. ID:SA124

Munni: Childhood and Art in Mithila
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The life of Munni (meaning "little girl"), an 11-year-old growing up in the village of Jitwarpur, in the Mithila-speaking region of northeastern India. For many years, women in this region painted ceremonial designs on the walls and floors of their homes. We watch Munni eating breakfast, going to school with her friends, fetching water in a bucket, grinding rice for flour-paste floor designs, and learning those skills that may enable her, someday, to be a Mithila artist: watching her "older sister" Leela paint the figures from a Mithila legend onto a piece of paper, observing her grandmother prepare a clay elephant for Leela's wedding and learning to create art objects from yarn and grass. The film concludes with the first hair-cutting ceremony of Munni's little cousin. With warmth and intimacy, the film captures the ties -- as well as the differences -- between the lives of Munni, her "older sister," and her grandmother. ID:SA14

Music for a Goddess
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This narrated DVD explores the sacred music, dance and rituals of devidasis and devidasas, women and men dedicated to the Goddess Renuka/Yellamma.

The Muslims I Know
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A far cry from media depictions of extremist militants, America's small community of muslims longs to be heard and understood. This documentary attempts to bridge the cultural chasm between mainstream U.S. society and Muslim Americans whose hopes and dreams are no different than those of previous immigrant generations. Focusing on Pakistani-born citizens and their families, the film highlights similarities between Islam and the other Abrahamic faiths, celebrates cultural richness and diversity, and dispels stereotypes by addressing questions from non-Muslim Americans in candid interviews. SA185

Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night
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Told from the perspective of an Indian immigrant living in the U.S., the film journeys into India's call centers, where telemarketers acquire American names and accents to service the telephone-support industry of the U.S. The film incorporates animation, live action, and archival footage to explore the complexities of globalization, capitalism, and identity. ID:SA155

Nehru Dynasty
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Awakenings profiles Motilal Nehru, his son Jawaharlal Nehru, and Mahatma Gandhi. News and interview footage describe the split between Pakistan and India and explain the complicated politics surrounding the cessation of British rule. The program provides a summary of 20th century Indian history, including the 1964 death of Prime Minister Nehru and what his passing meant to a country enduring great change. ID:SA61

No Country for Young Girls?
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A young Indian woman must choose-stay with a husband who doesn't want female children, or make it on her own. Sex-selective abortion is illegal in India, but so widespread that there are many more boys than girls, especially in India's more prosperous states. ID: SA183

No Longer Silent
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This award-winning documentary profiles Kamla Bhasin, an Indian activist, and, in describing her life, depicts problems facing many women in India today. The film discusses the social, political and cultural alienation of women in the Third World, criminal justice inadequacies, the movement to raise the consciousness of poor women, sex roles, women in the mass media, and women's movements for social change. Kamla Bhasin sums up the efforts of Indian women this way: "We see ourselves linked to women in other parts of the world, linked both in our oppression and our struggle to overcome it. It is this solidarity that gives us the strength and the hope to go forward. The struggle is there but the signs of hope are also there." ID:SA17

North of 49
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Examines the aftermath of the November 18, 2001, arson at Gobind Sadan USA, a Sikh temple in upstate New York SA198

Of Bards And Beggars
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The Pabuji prayer ritual (Jaagran) is particular to Rajasthan, India, and it consists of an all night epic recitation by a folk musician and singer. The jaagran recounts the legend and deeds of a folk deity called Pabuji who is a protector of livestock. The audience for the recitation is almost exclusively livestock herders themselves. The film goes on to discuss the decline of the ritual due to changing economic and social conditions of both the musicians and the audience. Finally, the documentary shows the new milieu in which the musicians are performing, namely that of the hospitality and tourist industry. ID:SA118

Pakistan: Between the Chitralis and Pathans
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This film looks at Pakistan’s complex relations with Iran, India and the United States, and the contributions of its multicultural population. The influences of Panjabi and Pathan, Sindhi and Baluchi, and Ismaili and Buddhist are all captured, set against the background of life both in cities and in rural communities. The region’s heritage as the seat of the Indus Valley civilization is also explored. ID:SA111

Pakistan: Children of the Road
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Describes the life of a ten year old boy who works on a taxi that transverses one of the Himalayam passes between India and Pakistan. Excellent for exploring issues of children and work. Students can compare to their lifestyles in the US. ID:SA11

Panihari: The Water Women of India
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In the Indian state of Rajasthan, water is precious. Panihari is a Rajasthani term that refers to women who fetch water. The Panihari plays a crucial role in desert communities, but is often abused and downtrodden. As a part of the lower caste, they are seen as untouchable. In addition to maintaining family life, women account for the majority of productive labor in the desert household; however, the community places them in a subordinate social group to men. As a result, women-overworked, infirm, and often pregnant-have been deprived of the most basic of human amenities. In drought seasons, the Panihari walks great distances every morning to fetch water. Although this morning trip-sometimes reaching 10-15 miles-provides a social outlet in the form of gossip with other women, the gravity of the situation is undeniable. Without water the cattle will perish, and eventually so will the family. This documentary film follows the story of Paru-a shoemaker's wife from the village of Diyatra-as she finds herself faced with these stark realities. At home her husband beats her, and fulfilling the duties of a Panihari, she is unable to take even a moment's rest. Drought kills the family's cattle and Paru is forced to fetch water from a far away well. She sees an opportunity to help her family but her husband forbids her. This film documents Paru's search for self-reliance and security for her family in the face of unimaginable hardship. Paru's story conveys the richness and complexity of desert life as well as the problems facing women of desert communities. Vibrant imagery, music, and folklore combine to paint a vivid picture of life as a Panihari-The Water Woman. ID:SA92

Partition of India
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In August 1947, Pakistan became a separate Muslim nation amid the bloodshed following the partitioning of India. To this day, the religious animosities that prompted the separation persist, with both Muslims and Hindus claiming political superiority. 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. ID:SA121

The Play Goes On ( Natak Jaari Hai)
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A film on Jana Natya Manch- India's foremost people's theatre group. ID:SA134

The Prince
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A young Pakistani landowner chooses between trying to implement the MDGs in the village that his family owns, and a quiet life. ID:SA 178

Puja - Expressions of Hindu Devotion
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The video introduces viewers to one of the basic elements of Hinduism, the world's third largest religion. In puja, Hindus honor gods and goddesses through rituals focused on objects -- whether an elaborate sculpture of the deity or a simple stone -- that are believed to be filled with the divine being's spirit. Viewers will hear American Hindus discussing puja and what it means to them ans will wathch as devotees worship deities and offer food, water, and flowers, seeking to make a spiritual connection with the gods. ID:SA70

Punjabi Love Story
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Set against the current political unrest in Pakistan, Punjabi Love Story gives us a rare glimpse into the workings of another society, while reminding us that whatever our differences, in affairs of the heart we all speak the same language SA194.

Radha's Day: Hindu Family Life #5
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Shows a girl in her late teens during a typical day: getting up, decorating the threshold, putting on her makeup and jewelry, cooking, washing clothes, shopping at the street market, worshipping at the local shrine and sitting at home with her sister as the day draws to a close. Abounds in ethnographic detail and in social and anthropological data that helps lead to a comprehension of Hindu family life in a middle-class, white-collar, urban setting. ID:SA54

Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama
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There is no other medium but animation for depicting the divine powers of the hero Rama and the devilish powers of his arch rival Ravana, the life and death battle between Lakshmana and Indrajit in the sky and the antics of Hanuman - the other hero of this story - who can fly like Superman in the sky and change the size of his body at will.

Ramnagar
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The film documents the climactic days of Ramlila performance, a drama based on Tulsidas' epic "Ramcharitmanas", in Ramnagar. Located across the Ganga from the city of Varanasi, Ramnagar has been the capital of Maharajas of Benaras since mid-eighteenth century. For nearly two hundred years Ramlila has been performed in Ramnagar, under the patronage of the Maharajas. ID:SA96

Rethink Afghanistan
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Award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation deliver a ground-breaking documentary that shatters all perceived truths behind the war in Afghanistan. SA 187

Retooling a tradition: A Rajasthani Puppet Takes Umbrage At His Stringholders
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In Act One, a deposed nawab puppet natters annoyingly on the anti-Muslim bias of his Hindu Bhat puppeteers, who insist on making him cough uncontrollably every time he smokes his huqqa. In ACT Two, his courtesan Anarkali chastises him for his biased views, and challenges him to search for positive elements in the creativity and affectionate humor of the puppeteers as they retool their traditional craft to suit modern life in India. In Act Three, the fictitious Puppeteer Guild Leader, Chaggan Lal, urges the Nawab to give credit to the altruism of the puppeteers and draws attention to puppet shows with themes of national unity, Indian folk arts heritage, population control, democracy, and international affairs. ID:SA35

Return to Kandahar
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Nelofer Pazira, the star of the movie "Kandahar," returns to Afghanistan to seek out her childhood friend Dyana, whose story inspired that film. Landing in Kabul 13 years after her family left Russian-occupied Afghanistan, Nelofer unravels her past and the history of her country while searching for Dyana; the epic journey takes her to Kabul, Kandahar and Masir-e-Sharif, where Dyana's uncle last had contact with her family. ID:SA 177

Rokeya
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Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain was born into a Bengali Muslim upper-class family in the small village of Pairaband in the district of Rangpur, north of present day Bangladesh, then a part of the colonial British province of Bengal Presidency. Her date of birth is not known. However, a nephew of hers posits Dec. 9, 1880. Her legacy is that of a Muslim woman who was born and raised in purdah. Yet, she was able to rise beyond the limitations that her society placed upon her. With the help of her "liberal" brother and husband, she was not only able to write (in Bengali and English) but took significant steps to educate the women in her country. ID:SA30

Roots in the Sand
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This video challenges prevailing impressions of the rugged frontier by enriching the landscape with stalwart Sikh, Moslem and Hindu settlers in this Mexican-Punjabi version of the "taming of the Wild West". ID:SA127

Rukmini Kalyanan: Ballet Dance Drama
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A dance performance by Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam's Troupe, Kuchipudi Art Academy, Madras India. Presented by Sri Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburgh, Pa. ID:SA12

Safdar Hashmi
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Based on Safdar Hashmi and the street theatre movement in India. ID:SA132

The Sari Soldiers
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Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal's modern history. This film follows the courageuos journey of six women seeking justice and their efforts to shape Nepal's future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents and the King's crackdown on civil liberties. The documentary intimately delves into the lives of extraordinary women on opposing sides of the conflict and captures the democratic revolution that reshapes the country's future. ID:SA 174

Saving Face
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A journey to heal. A fight for justice. Every year in Pakistan, many women are known to be victimized by brutal acid attacks. Saving Face depicts Zakia and Rukhsanas attempt to bring their assailants to justice with the help of NGOs, sympathetic policymakers, politicians, supoprt groups, and Dr. Jawad SA195

Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow; Developing Stories 1
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A documentary from India about the effects of the highly touted Green Revolution there. Credited with ensuring that India is no longer a developing countries "basket-case", the Gren Revolution is widely regarded as one of the most successful development strategies of the 20th Century. But this film reveals that in India it has helped to create a new serf class and the dramatic yields of the early years have falledn away in the wake of pesticide poisoning and the short-lived miracle wheat strains. ID:SA95

Serial for Breakfast (Part I & II)
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This two-part documentary explores the impact of global satellite television broadcasts on the Indian electronic mediascape. The documentary argues that oversimplistic characterization of the Indian satellite TV scenario as "cultural invasion/imperialism" cannot explain the complex changes that have taken place in the í90s. The interest expressed by multinational media conglomerates (Murdoch's News Corp-owned STAR-TV) in the liberalizing economies of South Asia provides the backdrop to the video. Interviews with key domestic and foreign broadcasters, media advocates, media analysts, and journalists are used to set up an intriguing tale of the local response to the satellite challenge. It points out that in the dust raised over the issue of "foreign invasion," the democratizing influence of new technology, the deregulation of broadcast news, and its impact on future media policy in India are ignored. In the second part, the documentary takes a deeper look at the "boom" industry and the cultural and socio-economic resonances struck by the so-called "information age." It reports a mixed bag--along with the shifting consumption patterns ("here and now" hedonism), there is greater articulation by hitherto unexpressed voices such as women and youth. Though marketed as formulaic pop culture brands, this articulation opens the way for future opportunities. Finally, the documentary reports on emerging media policy in the form of the recently approved legislation granting autonomy to All India Radio and Doordarshan, and the pending Broadcasting Bill. The debate over use of the "airwaves," the documentary contends, has been triggered largely by the interaction between global and local forces. The documentary argues for the cultural resilience displayed by the Indian viewer in the face of large-scale dumping of recycled programming from the West. As such, it argues that the future of "globalization" is tied with issues such as "local content," information needs of the growing economies in the developing world, and a bilateral effort to create appropriate content. ID:SA77

Shadow Puppets
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Shambukvadh
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Shambuk Vadh is based on a tale from the Ramayana. After the war, when Rama has assumed the throne at Ayodhya, one day a brahman appears in his court. His son has died, he complains, due to the ruler’s paap, sin. Perplexed, Rama wonders what paap he has committed. It transpires that there is a shudra named Shambuk who is reciting the Vedas. Rama goes out in search of this shudra, and kills him. The moment this happens, the brahman’s son comes back to life. ID:SA133

Singing Pictures
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For generations, Patua (Chitrakar) communities of West Bengal, India have been painters and singers of stories depicted in scrolls. The Patuas tell the stories of Muslim shrines. In the past they used to wander from village to village, receiving rice, vegetables and coins for their recital. They would unroll a scroll, a frame at a time, and sing their own compositions. But competition from other media eroded this way of life and now the Patuas are trying to adapt to changing conditions. In response to this cultural crisis and as ameans to make extra money, recently a group of women from Naya village near Calcutta formed a scroll painters' collaborative. They discuss the problems and rewards of practicing their art, and speak freely about the social, religious, and political changes in the village and the world beyond. Their wisdom, artistry, and good humor amidst many difficulties illuminate the lives around them. ID:SA159

Sita Sings the Blues
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Animated events from the Ramayana.

Sitala in Spring: Festival of the Bengali Goddess of Health and Ills
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The month of magh (jan.-Feb.) is a transitional month between the cold season and the approaching summer. Since the hot summer season is a time of fevers and disease, magh is a time of anticipating the period when Sitala, goddess of health and illnesses, will require "cooling down." This documentary shows devotees and religious professionals participating in a two-day festival celebrating Sitala in spring. During the first day, images of Sitala are taken from her various temples throughout the neighborhood and carried through the streets to the Hoogley, a tributary of the Ganges River. There she is bathed ("cooled") and worshipped by her devotees. Several devotees tell stories about "ma's" healing grace. The second day features blood sacrifices to the goddess (including one scene of 10 goats being beheaded) and homa fire offerings, accompanied by petitions to Sitala to protect those who love her during the coming year. Filmed in the Shalkiya section of Hoara, outside Calcutta, West Bengal. ID:SA7

Sixteen Decisions
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A Documentary about women in rural Bangladesh. As the documentary unfolds, the viewer is inadvertently involved in the current-day discussion on international development, which includes issues of micro-credit, social equity, cultural survival and access to reproductive and health care. While covering these important and meaningful topical issues, the real power of "Sixteen Decisions'" is in the depiction of Selina's everyday life. Selina, 18, is like most rural Bangladeshi housewives. She was a child laborer at 7 because her parents were too poor to feed her. Her parents arranged her marriage at 12 and sold their land for dowry, leaving themselves as beggars when her father lost his eyesight. Selina's family is not unique. As Dr. Yunus says in the film, "dowry is a killer in Bangladesh," as families sell their meager possessions to raise money for a dowry. Weaving in and out of the past, present and future we learn that with a $60 loan Selina has a rickshaw business-and hopes. ID:SA97

Slum Futures
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The slums of Mumbai are an important microcosm of how slums are developing around the world. Bombay--now known as Mumbai--is the home of Bollywood movies and India's city of gold, its financial capital. But behind the glitz and glamour lurks a different reality--a city landscape dominated by massive, sprawling slums, which rank among the biggest in the world. SA182

Small Change, Big Business: The Women's Bank of Bangladesh -10 years later
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Micro credit—small loans administered with no collateral requirement—might represent the most powerful weapon in the fight against global poverty. But is micro credit a sustainable solution? This program follows up on the 1995 documentary The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh (item #7129) which examined Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, a pioneering micro credit provider focused mainly on struggling women. Small Change, Big Business revisits loan recipients a decade later, studying the long-term effects of micro credit in their households and in their Islamic community. The video also interviews Grameen bank founder Muhammad Yunus, who sheds further light on the bank’s methods and goals. ID:SA79

Smithsonian Video Anthology of World Music and Dance
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Five videos describe the cultural, social, and historical background of the music, dance, instruments, costumes, and rituals of South Asia. ID:SA32

Spotlight on the Ramayana: An Enduring Tradition
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An interdisciplinary guide to the study of India based on the epic Ramayana. Lessons and units, developed by a group of teachers as a result of a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, can be used as a curriculum alternative and/or enrichment to introduce students to South Asia. ID:SA31

Staying Alive!
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Poverty combined with lack of education and health services affect maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh. Life visits Bangladesh to find out how the country is planning to cut the maternal mortality rate by three quarters by the year 2015. ID: SA181

Still, The Children Are Here
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Exquisitly photographed protrait of an indigenous society, the Garos, that has maintained its culture in isolation from a rapidly urbanizing and westernizing India SA193

Stirrings of Change
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This video is about a Non Governmental agency in rural India that has dramatically improved the life of women in particular and also the entire community through working with them to devise re-forestation, veterinary, health, and literacy programs. ID:SA26

Stories of Women in Kabul
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The producers of this program were granted unlimited access to Kabul’s Baghe Zanana, or Garden of Women—perhaps the only public place in Afghanistan where men are not welcome. Here, women can gather, dance, and remove their burqas without fear of violence or alienation. In stark contrast, a women’s prison is also visited. The courageous figures who inhabit these settings—including a resident therapist who conducts support groups for the frightened and the traumatized, and a cafeteria employee struggling to improve her family’s living conditions—demonstrate how far Afghanistan must go to overcome its repressive and war-ravaged history. ID:SA33

Sudesha
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Follows the a day in the life of Sudesha, a woman who lives in the foothills of the Himalayas, an area that has been heavily de-forested in recent years. The video focuses on Sudesha's participation in the Chipko movement, an ecological grassroots movement, that has pioneered efforts to re-forest the area based on non-violent actions. ID:SA28

Surviving Chau
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This documentary maps the evolution of the ancient ethnic dance form of Chhau - an athletic dance of India done by men in masks - from an anthropological and sociological perspective. In addition to following the details of the entire ‘behind-the-scenes’ artistry, the film also interviews one of the Ustad dancers (leader of the Chhau group) and observes the artists and performers in rehearsal and during the heated discussions which follow. ID:SA85

Taj Mahal: The Story of Muslim India
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The Taj Mahal is investigated as one of the most famous buildings of the world but as only one of the most apparent of many influences of Muslim culture upon the India sub-continent. The interaction of cultures extends over centuries and the video traces these by identifying key historical figures of Muslim India and identifying their cultural contributions. ID:SA40

Tales of Pabuji: A Rajasthani Tradition
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The storyteller or Bhopo stands in front of an immense, brilliantly painted cloth called 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. The performance invokes the power of Pabuji, patron saint of camel herders, to cure illness or benefit a new enterprise for members of the audience. Using impressionistic animation techniques combined with footage of actual performances, the video brings to the viewer episodes in Pabuji's charmed life and of the everyday life of the Rebaris of Rajasthan. Tales of Pabuji is a collaboration of filmmakers, folklorists and artists who have studied, worked and traveled in India extensively. It will enrich high school and college level courses in Asian Studies, Social Studies, Folklore, Anthropology, and Art History. It raises questions for discussion of the impact of modern communications technology on time-honored storytelling customs. ID:SA161

Tamara and the Shadow Theatre of Java
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In Indonesia, the Hindu God Vishnu comes to Earth in the disguise of a mortal and battles an evil, ten-headed ogre. Srikandi, an assertive female character, earns her husband’s wrath for being too independent and outspoken. These stories and others are told through Indonesia’s time-honored, exquisitely beautiful shadow theatre called “Wayang Kulit”. Rooted in the ancient belief that ancestors’ spirits return to earth at night, inhabiting the puppets’ shadows, the dalang (shadow master) casts his puppets’ shadows on the illuminated story cloth. He makes them dance, fly, wander, fight, grieve, triumph and love. He speaks for each of his puppets in different voices, retelling ancient stories about the cycle of life, reincarnation and the forces of good and evil, the good always triumphant! Performed in temple yards or village squares, the average wayang play lasts from sunset to dawn without intermission. ID:SA49

Terror's Children
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The documentary follows the lives of eight Afghan refugee boys and girls living in and near the port city of Karachi during the summer of 2002. ID:SA100

The Indian Miracle?
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India's economy is powering ahead. The ultra-rich live behind electrified fences in self-contained communities away from the degradation, poverty, and despair of the rest of India SA196

The World Before Her
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The World Before Her is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world's largest democracy at a critical transitional moment — and of two women who hope to shape its future. Winner, World Documentary Competition Award, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

This Is A Music: Reclaiming an Untouchable Drum
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This ethnomusicological documentary is about the psychological and economic transformation of a group of untouchable (outcaste) parai frame drummers from a village in Tamil Nadu, South India. Through the lens of rarely filmed folk performances and the experience of an American ethnomusicologist who comes to study with them, we see a group of nine drummers trying to eke out a living while negotiating on going discrimination in their village. The Hindu caste system constructs them and their drum as polluted because they play for funerals. As they professionalize however, they reconstruct their performance as music and their identity as worldly. They then get an opportunity to participate in the Chennai Sangamam folk festival where their reception by urbanites further positively transforms their self-understanding. The question then becomes, can they sustain these changes back in the village? Woven throughout the film are dynamic and rare examples of village folk dances, funeral lament, and drumming as well as the voices of the drummers, local activists, who tell the story of the process of working for the economic and social liberation of the oppressed Dalits of India through developing the folk arts.

Thomas L. Friedman Reporting: The Other Side of Outsourcing
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What happens when the demands of the global economy with all of its excess baggage of Westernizing forces collide with the deeply held traditions of an age-old culture like Indias 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. ID:SA153

Throwing Off the Masks
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Collection; Four women's issues programs, based out of Nicaragua, Sumatra, Djibouti, and Rio, are discussed in the film. ID:SA86

Traditional Prostitution in Pakistan - Fouzia Saeed
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A lecture about the division in society of good woman and bad woman, and how the contradictions and dichotomies that we live with unconsciously reinforce social systems that we want changed. ID:SA116

Two Homes and One Heart
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A film of the South Asian Diaspora. Sikh women living in Sacramento California sing and dance songs that speak to issues of immigration and community. ID:SA39

Untouchable?
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Untouchable is about the cast system and bonded labor in India. There are an estimated 100 million child laborers in India. This documentary is a part of BBC's Life series about globalization. ID: SA 186

View from a Grain of Sand
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Combining verite footage, interviews and rare archival material, VIEW FROM A GRAIN OF SAND is a harrowing, thought-provoking, yet intimate portrait of Afghan women's history over the last 30 years - from the rule of King Zahir Shah in the 1960's to the current Hamid Karzai government. Told through the eyes of three Afghan women - a doctor, a teacher and women's rights activist -this documentary tells the story of how war, international interference and the rise of political Islam has stripped Afghan women of rights and freedom. Together with rarely seen archival footage, their powerful stories provide illuminating context for Afghanistan's current situation and the ongoing battle women face to gain even basic human rights. www.viewgrainofsand.com ID:SA 180

The Wages of Action: Religion in a Hindu Village
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This film focuses on everyday religious practices in the village of Soyepur, near Banaras. The film observes young men praying to Lord Hanuman before a wrestling match, a grandmother offering water to a sacred tulsi plant, a brahman priest conducting a styanarayan puja, low-caste ojhas exorcising spirits from the ill, and a Soyepur couple making a one-day pilgrimage to a shrine by the Ganges River. The film shows villagers describing ghosts and their placation, a brahmin housewife explaining how she maintains her kitchen's ritual purity, and an itinerant holy man teaching through song the oneness of God and the inevitability of the wages of one's actions. ID:SA10

War and Peace Jang aur Aman
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Filmed over three tumultuous years in India, Pakistan, Japan and the USA following nuclear tests in the Indian sub-continent - WAR & PEACE / JANG AUR AMAN is an epic documentary journey of peace activism in the face of global militarism and war. The film is framed by the murder of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, an act whose portent and poignancy remains undiminished half a century later. For the filmmaker, whose family was immersed in the non-violent Gandhian movement, the sub-continent's trajectory towards unabashed militarism is explored with sorrow, though the film captures stories of resistance along the way. Amongst these is a visit to the "enemy country" of Pakistan, where contrary to expectations, Indian delegates are showered by affection not only by their counterparts in the peace movement but by uninitiated common folk. The film moves on to examine the costs being extracted from citizens in the name of national security. From the plight of residents living near the nuclear test site to the horrendous effects of uranium mining on local indigenous populations, it becomes abundantly clear that, contrary to a myth first created by the U.S.A, there is no such thing as the "peaceful Atom". WAR & PEACE / JANG AUR AMAN slips seamlessly from a description of home made jingoism to focus on how an aggressive United States has become a role model, its doctrine of "Might is Right" only too well-absorbed by aspiring elites of the developing world. As we enter the 21st century, war has become perennial, enemies are re-invented and economies are inextricably tied to the production and sale of weapons. In the moral wastelands of the world memories of Gandhi seem like a mirage that never was, created by our thirst for peace and our very distance from it. ID:SA117

Wedding of the Goddess (2 Parts)
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This documentary provides the historical background for the annual Chittirai festival in the South Indian city of Madurai. With tales from medieval Tamil poems and paintings and sculptures from local temples, the film illustrates how the city, the main temple, the goddess Minakshi and the god Sundareshvara have evolved, and how the reenactment of the marriage of the god and goddess has become the most important annual festival of Madurai. The program shows the basic process of exchange between the temple deities and their worshippers and the importance of festivals in reestablishing cosmic order. The videotape also illustrates the ways in which kings, priests, and lay people contribute to the definitions and redefinitions of the festival's many layers of meaning. Contempory South Asia Documentary Series. ID:SA6

When Women Unite
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The film re-creates the actual struggle of women in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, India to outlaw the sale of the local liquor, Arak. It is based on testimony from the women of 22 villages in the region. Powerfully performed by the same villagers, it is a passionate revival of their dramatic victory. ID:SA53

Who Will Cast the First Stone?
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The Pakastani government wants to make Islamic law the law of the land. This video explores the impact of Islamic law on women's lives, particularly in the areas of marriage and adultery. In Pakistan, men's words are seen as more reliable than women's, and this film shows how men can take advantage of this situation and use the law for their own benefit. The women interviewed are strong and articulate spokespersons for women's rights. ID:SA8

Women and Islam: A conversation with Leila Ahmed
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Leila Ahmed, professor of women's studies at Amherst, argues the case for revision of the widely held views in the Islamic world about the role of women, using the examples from history and the role played by women in the contemporary world. She explains the origin of the veil, and discusses the issue of marriage and women's rights within marriage. ID:SA69

Women and Work in South Asia
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This filmstrip in videocassette presents images of women in a wide variety of work activities, in urban and rural areas, through seasonal cycles. South Asian women's contributions to their families' survival--and to the development of South Asian countries. ID:SA20

Working Processes: Potters of India, Bindapur
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This film documents a contemporary group of 700 potters living near New Delhi, a small part of India's population of 1.7 million potters. Shot daily over a period of six months, this is an in-depth study of the pottery, techniques, processes, and belief in pottery as sacred ritual. ID:SA21

Writings on the Wall
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With infectious optimism, three young men eke out a living in India's largest cities using public art to express their hopes and dreams. ID:SA137