Grassroots Cinema with tribal children in different tribal languages: Changemaker Sandeep Viswanath – Maharashtra

Shreya Pareek, Bangalore, June 3, 2014 His project titled ‘Grassroots Cinema’ consisted of five short films (in the local tribal languages) scripted, directed and shot in a democratic and participatory approach with the children. One of the short-films that he created with these tribal schools had only girls in the group and the film turned out really well. “Its interesting to see how these students are excited and ready to learn if given a right opportunity,” he says.

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Sandeep Viswanath I strongly believe that the practice of arts should not be divorced from socio-political realities of our society and have attempted to practice my craft in this manner. I worked as an IT consultant for two years after my engineering course. I decided to quit and devote my energies in the pursuit of film-making. I worked for Born-free art school for two years as a tutor, mentor, and a film maker. The experience of working with rag-pickers and street children molded my perspective of the caste and class dynamics in our society. I was then selected for a year-long rural fellowship program by SBI in the tribal district of Nandubhar, where I worked closely with the children of Ashram schools in creating children’s documentary films. The project titled Grassroots Cinema encompassed five short films (in the local tribal languages) scripted, directed and shot in a democratic and participatory approach with the children. This experience gave me insights in to the struggles of tribal children in an education system designed for a modern society which often clashes with their own cultures. I have directed documentaries on a) NREGA later used as an awareness tool for workers and b) the water-woes of Bangalore later screened at the Voices of water International film festival.

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