Release of the documentary film on Industrial Accidents in NCR
Lucknow, 9 June. A special screening and release function of ‘Factories of Death and Despair‘ – the first documentary film presented by Arvind Memorial Trust was held here today at the UP Press Club.
The film, produced by the audio-visual division of the Trust Human Landscape Productions is focussed on frequent accidents and horrific working conditions in the thousands of factories in the national capital region. The film shows the sprawling industrial areas adjacent to the shining posh locales of national capital where workers still toil in conditions as horrible as 100 years ago. Millions of workers in order to survive work daily under the shadow of death. Safety precautions are thrown to the wind in pursuit of quick profits. Accidents happen, people are killed or maimed, but things go on unchanged behind a cold veil of silence.
The film also shows how a nexus of police, factory owners and politicians suppresses all mention of the deaths after an accident.
It also reveals the flaws in compensation laws and how the workers and their families are denied fair compensation by corrupt union leaders, touts and labour officers.
Senior poet and filmmaker Naresh Saxena who presided over the function said while releasing the film that the subject of the film has become even more relevant in the backdrop of increasing industrial mishaps in the recent past. He said the audio-visual medium has become very important today to reach out to the vast masses and educate them about their rights.
The director of the film Charu Chandra Pathak shared his experiences while making the film. He said he plans to take this film to the industrial areas and workers colonies to show it to its real audiences.
On this occasion, Satyam of the Arvind Memorial Trust said that the Trust has organised its audio-visual division named Human Landscape Productions which will produce documentaries on the life and struggles of working people and common masses, mass movements and social-political issues and feature films. It has already completed the production of its first documentary film.
The Trust plans to establish a fully-equipped film editing and audio recording studio. The audio-visual division of the Trust is also working for audio-visual documentation of various social-political mass movements and important events. It is making a collection of world-famous revolutionary and progressive films arrange for their subtitling and dubbing in Hindi and organise regular shows and discussions on them in different cities.
Well, known poet, Katyayani said that an alternative people’s media is the need of the hour and audio-visual and new media have become very important. This division of the Trust will also produce CDs and DVDs of revolutionary music and compositions. It will also organise workshops and training on various aspects of digital film technique and animation etc. All these projects are being implemented without taking any kind of institutional grants and solely on the basis of contributions collected from the public.
The cultural troupe of ‘Pratyush’ presented a song ‘Zindagi ne ek din kaha ki tum lado…’ at the start of the program. Age number of media persons, writers, intellectuals, social and cultural activists and students were present on this occasion. A discussion on various aspects of the film followed the film show.