1. During the Indian Civil War, the Dharavi slums of Mumbai were flooded with refugees looking to escape the conflict. The Mumbai authorities, distracted by defence of the city and facing an already over-populated and poverty stricken slum could do little to maintain a semblance of civilised life in the area. Sometime later a cache of biological samples appeared through the criminal networks of Mumbai, in the vain hope that it might provide new marketable narcotic opportunities. The collective drive and expertise of the refugees managed to turn theses genetically-engineered fungal samples into a new type of infrastructure - providing heat, light and building material for the refugees. Dharavi rapidly evolved it's own micro-economy based around the mushrooms. This documentary tells the story of some of the characters involved from Mumbai and the rest of the world and how Dharavi came to be such a unique place. 

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  2. Two-thirds of India’s population of a billion people live in the nation’s 600,000 villages. Despite India’s economic growth, the disparities between wealth and poverty are enormous. Many villagers migrate to the cities in search of work and end up begging on the streets. South Indian bank manager J S Parthiban set out to do something to help their economic circumstances. He encouraged beggars to open bank accounts in New Delhi, and pioneered micro-loans to villagers in his home state of Tamil Nadu. This is his story—and theirs.

    Producer/Director: Andrew Hinton pilgrimfilms.com / andrew@pilgrimfilms.com
    Cinematography: Eric Trometer tarmakfilms.com
    Editing: Rob Petit milkwood.tv & Johnny Burke
    Sound Mix: Christopher Wilson wilson2.co.uk
    Music: Jamie Perera jamieperera.com
    Vocals: Rasika Vartak
    Executive Producers:
    Jeanne Faber
    Suresh Mathew
    Christopher Hartnell

    Special thanks to John, Jeanne and Susan Faber and everyone else who made this film possible.

    A Pilgrim Films production for Initiatives of Change India: in.iofc.org/

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  4. Renu, a 28 year-old widow in India, transforms her life from the desperate situation of being labeled the wife of a "terrorist" to becoming a community leader fighting for the rights of widows of gun violence.

    Watch, Vote and Share this and 2 other short docs at http://www.shootingpoverty.org

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  5. Please check out my latest video filmed in Italy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqEqUnXlDug

    Please check out this other awesome video that was inspired by my initial one, which also promotes a great cause: vimeo.com/22178263?ab

    Many people talk about the rise of India today, yet one sixth of the entire population face many forms of appaling injustices and discrimination (http://www.ncdhr.org.in/ncdhr2/dalits-untouchability/dalits-untouchability). That is part of the reason I was compelled to create this music video. However, I wanted to spread the message in a creative and unique way that is not generally associated with the traditional charity/raising awareness type videos. I wanted to portray these kids as they really are; full of life, full of potential, and just like any other kids I have ever met. Thus, I used elements of our own popular culture so that we could look past the poverty they live in and see them for what they really are, us.

    Please note, that although we were working in a Dalit village I cannot confirm that ALL of these kids featured in this video were in fact Dalit. I don’t think it matters because the point is still the same; all kids, regardless of background, deserve to be valued and deserve to have equal access to opportunities.

    For more information on Dalits please visit these sites or you can do some research on Google:

    http://www.ncdhr.org.in/ncdhr2/dalits-untouchability/dalits-untouchability

    http://www.dalitnetwork.org/

    For more information on how you can help these kids out by either becoming a volunteer, donating or starting your own fundraiser, please check out the site and read below:

    http://www.golongitude.org

    The Association of Relief Volunteers and Longitude were the organizations that I volunteered with. The following is information sent to me by a fellow volunteer at Longitude:

    "Since 2005, Longitude has been sending international volunteers to India to work with ARV. The vast majority have taken part in work camps to help build houses. ARV and Longitude also collaborate to run a child's education initiative, called a Child's Chance Program. This program was implemented in the Fall of 2009 in 5 villages that ARV already works in, with Chevuru being the first and most successful program.

    Based on the living conditions for the people of Chevuru and their isolation to a greater community, many of the village children do very poorly and drop out of school. Often, their parents do no understand the value of an education and place greater importance on domestic chores and agricultural work for an income. Even if a child wanted to learn and succeed in school, there are many factors working against them.

    The Child Chance Program seeks to improve this situation by providing more accessibility to education for Chevuru children. Generous donations have allowed ARV to supply a certified teacher to Chevuru to provide 3 hours of after-school tutoring and lessons 6 days a week! And our attendance records have proved that these children want to learn by showing up everyday. In our first year alone, 100% of students improved their grades and/or attendance at school for at least a term. 30 of 35 10th year students passed their exams in order to continue their education to secondary school and college!

    These successes will ultimately be the catalyst that lifts these families out of destitute poverty. We are very excited about the positive changes we've already seen, and hope for even greater changes to come! Please visit our website to learn more about the program. Make sure to stay involved reading blogs, donating to Child Chance campaigns, and starting your own fundraiser to educate and sponsor these children in their efforts to build a better life."

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