'Taking Hepatitis Science to Communities' is a pioneering public-health project harnessing the power of film to change people’s lives.
With support from Wellcome and working with the World Hepatitis Alliance, we train young filmmakers to make compelling short documentaries showing viewers how they can prevent and treat a disease that infects millions and kills 250,000 people in India each year.
In 2016-17, the first year of our hepatitis project, four eloquent and informative films made by students told the powerful personal stories of people with hepatitis and how medical science has saved them.
Their impact on viewers was indisputable. Audiences who had known nothing of hepatitis decided, after seeing the films, to get their children vaccinated and said they now knew how to access care. A student at a school for former street children, told us: ‘Now I will tell about this disease to all my friends.’
Watch the films that changed the way people see hepatitis
‘Detecting the Change’
‘When I was diagnosed, it was absolutely life-threatening. Today you have got solutions. What is important is that you go through treatment.’Directed by Aditi Saraswat and Anand Gautam
‘Like Everyone Else’
‘The first thing the doctor asked me was “have you told your fiancée?” So I phoned her, and she accepted me. If you are hepatitis B-positive, you can still live like everyone else.’Directed by Sameer Garner, Ajeet Mahale and Milen Mathew John
‘A New Hope for Hep C’
‘Everyone with hepatitis C is benefiting from the new medicine. Now, no one will suffer. There is a cure.’Directed by Shalini Srivastava
‘Sukriti the Survivor’
‘When I was diagnosed, my family asked me to stay in my room. They thought that it was infectious.’Directed by Neelu Sharma
‘We learned the depth of health journalism like we had never done before.’
Divyanjali Srivastava, student filmmaker
‘These were inspiring and courageous life stories.’
Anshika Singh, film recordist and researcher
‘The involvement of creative people who can tell the story of hepatitis in a compelling way, is vital in changing the inexplicable neglect of a disease which kills 1.3 million people a year worldwide.’
Charles Gore, president, World Hepatitis Alliance
president, World Hepatitis Alliance
Dr Rakesh Aggarwal
Dr Samir Shah
Dr Amit Goel
Dr Akash Shukla
India’s young filmmakers give a global voice to viral hepatitis survivors 15 December 2016: media charity tve today launches four powerful films that give voice to five individuals in India who have survived viral hepatitis, one of the world’s most deadly diseases. Student filmmakers in India won four bursaries for the productions, part of an Read more about Press Release First Public Screening[…]
28 July 2016: On World Hepatitis Day global media charity tve announces the winners of four bursaries in India to help tackle, through film, one of the world’s most deadly diseases.
Aditi Saraswat and Sameer Gardner, student filmmakers from the School of Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS). They led their respective teams to tve Films for Change bursary grants at a two-day workshop in Mumbai.
Student filmmakers Neelu Sharma and Shalini Srivastava from the mass communication department at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) led the winning teams competing for bursaries at the first workshop in Films for Change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film.
On 21 May media charity tve launches the first stage of an ambitious year-long project helping communities in two Indian cities to combat one of the world’s most deadly, but little publicised, diseases – viral hepatitis.