Our winners from Mumbai are…
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.
Organised at TISS, the workshop was attended by 16 students. They interacted with leading hepatologists Dr. Samir Shah and Dr. Akash Shukla and experienced media personalities C Suchindran and Patralekha Chatterjee who led key sessions on scientific breakthroughs in hepatitis, medical and media ethics. Usha Doongarshi, executive director of the National Liver Foundation attended the workshop along with a hepatitis survivor, enabling debate about the challenge of surviving hepatitis and the role of organisations like National Liver Foundation in providing support.
On day two, students pitched their ideas for a three minute film about hepatitis to a jury of C Suchindran, Patralekha Chaterjee and Dr Nagesh Babu KV, Assistant Professor at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Culture at TISS. Aditi’s and Sameer’s film proposals were selected as winners, and the two Mumbai students will now join Neelu and Shalini from Lucknow in producing three minute films on hepatitis.
The films will be screened in communities in Lucknow and Mumbai, available to view on line, and shown during the World Hepatitis Summit 2017.