Even though India is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which guarantees the right to creative and artistic expression, it has done little to support its disabled citizens as creative contributors to society.
We Make Film (80 mins) delves into the stories of film and video-makers with disabilities. Set in urban contemporary India, the film highlights social attitudes to disability and filmmaking. It also shows the inaccessibility of film and video technology, barriers to film consumption and education, and how the filmmakers find ways to articulate their creative vision. See the synopsis and poster here.
We Make Film has been going places since its release in 2021!
We Make Film had its World Premiere at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in August 2021! It also debuted its impact campaign journey with seven other amazing projects at Good Pitch Deccan in the same month!
In December 2021, the film bagged the Kat Award for Best Inclusive/Accessible film at the Together! 2021 Disability Film Festival, UK. Read more here. A conversation with Together! CIC Chair Julie Newman, Priyanka Pal and Shweta Ghosh on the collaborative filmmaking process can be viewed here.
The project won the Research Engagement and Impact Award 2022, at University of Reading’s Research Excellence awards which “celebrate the excellent research taking place across the University that addresses real world problems and changes the world around us.”
The project also officially launched the next phase of its impact via a special event series held in July 2022. Click here to read more on the event, and here for a complete list of festival selections, public screenings and press coverage.
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