'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

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Go to ‘Detecting the Change’

‘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

Go to ‘Like Everyone Else’

‘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

Go to ‘A New Hope for Hep C’

‘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

Go to ‘Sukriti the Survivor’

‘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

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‘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

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Charles Gore

president, World Hepatitis Alliance

Charles Gore is scientific advisor to ‘films for change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film’.

Dr Rakesh Aggarwal

hepatologist

Dr Rakesh Aggarwal is one of the Biomedical advisors to ‘films for change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film’.

Dr Samir Shah

biomedical expert

Dr Samir Shah is one of the biomedical experts to ‘films for change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film’

Dr Amit Goel

biomedical expert

Dr Amit Goel is one of the biomedical experts to ‘films for change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film’.

Dr Akash Shukla

biomedical expert

Dr Akash Shukla is one of the biomedical advisors to ‘films for change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film’.

C. Suchindran

mentor

C. Suchindran is one of the mentors to ‘films for change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film’.

Patralekha Chatterjee

mentor

Patralekha Chatterjee is one of the mentors to ‘films for change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film’.

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