Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Screening of I'M STILL HERE

On Friday, 9th September, 2011, Pradarsh screened the documentary-film I'm Still Here to help the students understand that it is the responsibility of citizens in any society to learn to identify danger signals, and to know when to react to prevent genocide and the steps required.

I'm Still Here brings to life the diaries of young people who witnessed first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust. Through an emotional montage of sund and image, the film salutes this group of brave, young writers who refused to quitely disappear.

The stories of the young Holocaust victims come to life as read by some of today's most talented young actors. The documentary skillfully weaves together personal photos, handwritten pages and drawings from the diaries, and archival films. It complements them with original footage shot in Vilnius, Lithuania, in the remnants of the old jewish ghetto. The powerful journey is intensified through unobstrusive, evocative music scored by Grammy Award nominee Moby. 

I'm Still Here, produced and directed by the supremely talented Oscar nominee Lauren Lazin, was nominated for two Emmy Awards. 

It's trailer is available here.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Pradarsh, the Audio-Visual Educational Club, tried to make the students of the Gautam Buddha University realise how communal harmony and religious amity benefits us by screening the award winning documentary, Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean, on Friday, 2nd September, 2011.

Living in the lingering wake of the Idi Amin regime of terror and intolerance, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Ugandan coffee farmers challenged historical and economic hurdles by forming “Delicious Peace” Cooperative. Their mission was to build harmonious relationships and economic development, and they are succeeding. Partnering with a Fair Trade US roaster, the farmers’ standard of living is improving, peace is flourishing, and their messages of peace and fair wages are spreading to their coffee customers in the US. For more information, visit: http://www.deliciouspeacethemovie.com/


Pradarsh drew attention to the plight of the Romani people, distant cousins of Indian Banjaras, by screening the documentary film The Romani Trail on Friday, 19th August at 5 p.m. at the Management School Auditorium as part of its series of Friday film screenings. 

The people popularly known as gypsies are shrouded in mystery : migratory tribes of Indian origin, with their own language and a lifestyle that has kept them apart from tha mainstream of most the societies in which they have settled. To the Romani people, music is a life force and a medium to tell of their history and suffering. They are the victims of ignorance and prejudice, who have suffered much, and their experiences are expressed in their music and dance across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The Romany Trail - Part One takes us on a search for the lost Romani tribes of Egypt, up to the Nile to the ancient town of Luxor in the shadw of the great Pharaoh's tomb. Along the way, from the markets of Cairo to the temple of Karnak, we meet dancing girls and acrobats, magicians, fortune-tellers and even mystics performing an exorcism. The programme culminates in the rythms of Flamenco, in the gypsy caves of the Alhambra, where some of Spain's foremost gypsy families celebrate their history.