Use of songs, street play and documentary films has been an integral part of our advocacy and dissemination efforts. Apart from written reports, the research and investigations we have undertaken have also been documented on film so that issues can be explained to policy makers, jurists, influential citizens, media persons and the general public through live evidence and in the voices of those whose concerns we wish to highlight.
Our audio and visual media work includes the following:
1) Manushi Geet: a cassette of songs on the need to strengthen women’s rights within the parental family and non discriminatory upbringing of the girl child. Some of these songs were part of a street play titled Roshni staged by Manushi all over Delhi. These songs are available as a music cassette.
2) Manas Series for Doordarshan in 1996 on the following themes:
• Dowry: Compulsion vs. Need. The social and economic dynamics behind the spread of the culture of dowry despite stringent legislation.
• The Disinheritance of Women from Family Property.
• Liquor and State Policy: Why Anti-Liquor Movements Inevitably Turn Anti-State.
• Governmental Controls on Agriculture and the Increasing Rural-Urban Divide being promoted through our Farm Policy.
• License Permit Raj: a View from Below (Study of street vendors and rickshaw pullers in Delhi).
• The Pauperization of our Traditional Technologists and Artisans.
3) Kisse Kanoon Ke for Doordarshan in 2002-3 was a 13 part series made for Doordarshan that analyzed the functioning of various laws enacted ostensibly for the protection of women.
4) A Tale of Four Cities –an hour long documentary on the plight of street vendors and suicides by street vendors to protest against forcible eviction drives in Gwalior, Hyderabad, Patiala and Lukhnow. 2006.
5) The Genius of Jugad on rural transport (in the making)
6) Beyond the Call of Duty: A film on the outstanding administrative reforms brought about by IAS officer Krishna Kumar: former deputy Commissioner, Nawanshahar, Punjab. (In the making).
The films on street vendors and cycle rickshaw pullers have played a vital role in sensitizing policy makers and mobilizing public opinion for policy reform for these two sectors. Similarly, the films we made on dowry and inheritance rights for women, anti liquor movements in India, review of farm policy, the plight of traditional artisans and technologists have helped add new perspective and urgency to the debates and strategies for reform on these issues.
Power point Presentations with Video Clips:
The extensive documentation we do on film in a routine manner is used for creating audiovisual Power Point presentations on various themes that become additional tools for explaining issues to policy makers, as well as mobilizing concerned citizens on major issues:
These presentations include the following:
1) Analysis of laws against domestic violence,
2) Analysis of anti dowry law,
3) Analysis of anti obscenity law;
4) Analysis of Women’s Reservation Bill.
5) The existing Cycle Rickshaw Policy, the reforms suggested so far, the new perversions being added to it and Manushi's proposed reform measures.
6) Street Vendors Policy and the manner in which the National Policy for Street Vendors is being sabotaged by government agencies and Manushi proposed reform measures.