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Zoom in on a mode of living, give a voice to people’s struggles and triumphs.
Capture social-cultural norms or legal-regulatory barriers that prevent people working in the vocation of their choice.
Defend the basic human right of freedom to livelihood—their economic freedom!

“The best of the films make me angry-REALLY ANGRY with the elitism & arbitrariness of laws that seek to create some kind of “suitable” world, irrespective of its impact on lives & livelihood.”
~ Mohit Satyanand, 2005 Screening Committee Member

“What’s the democracy doing? It takes 90 days to setup a business in India. A small business is not even setting up a complex shop- it’s like somebody wants to be a rickshaw puller or someone wants to sell something on the road. A coolie’s badge is selling at a premium of 3 lacs nowadays…You keep seeing archaic laws where the demand is far outstripping the laws…I have this memorable phrase (which I rob from a speech) “Review, Revise and Remove”.
~ Rahul Bose speaking at the inaugural ceremony at Jeevika 2004

August 2007; Premier: India Habitat Centre, Delhi

Worth Rs 2 lakhs including support for advocacy campaign based on the film

Entry Rules
– Two DVD copies
– Open to ALL filmmakers (student, amateur & professionals)
– Any language with English subtitles
– No cut off date on entries


For film ideas, entry form & guidelines, visit
For further information please contact: Contact Nidhi at

K-36 Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi 110016, India
Phone: 91-11-2653 7456/ 2652 1882/ 2651 2347;

Jeevika on March 12th, 2007 at 3:26 am 

Jeevika: South Asia Documentary Festival, which began in 2003, aims at capturing the livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor and bringing it to the attention of current and future policy makers. Over the years, Jeevika has been successful in advocating for the cause of numerous entry-level entrepreneurs – rickshaw pullers, street vendors, prostitutes, child labour, farmers and forest-dwellers.

The premier event of the festival to be held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi will be the awards ceremony from 20-23rd July 2007, which will culminate four days of screening for the top films. The last date for the submitting the entries is May 31, 2007

In addition as part of the festival tour, the award-winning films will travel and be screened in premier schools and colleges in over 20 states in India and other organisations working on livelihood issues as well as in our South Asian neighbours.

Over the years, Jeevika has become an increasingly popular and news-worthy event as well as an important catalyst for positive social change. The Film-makers whose films have been showcased in the past include Rakesh Sharma (of the Final Solution fame), Sanjay Barnela (Turf Wars) and Shohini Ghosh (Tales of the Night Fairies).

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