Deccan Development Society & Community Media Trust conducting ‘Jai Chandiram Memorial 3rd National Community Media Film Festival to be held on February 13 and closing ceremony of the DDS Annual Mobile Biodiversity Festival on Monday, February 15 at DDS Pachasaale Campus, Machnoor Village, Zaheerabad, Telangana.
Jai Chandiram Memorial Community Media Film Festival, the first of its kind in India was launched by DDS Community Media Trust in 2017 which invited more than 20 films made by community filmmakers from across the country. The film festival is aimed at creating a unique platform for grassroots filmmakers from rural communities to share their films and to network with such groups from across India and outside.
This year, we received quite engaging films from community media initiatives from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha, Nagaland, Assam, Telangana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, New Delhi and also six films from West Africa under International genre
On February 13th along with a screening of selected films, we are organising a panel discussion on “Can community media help in self-representations of the rural issues”. We have Chinna Narsamma, Veteran filmmaker and Media coordinator, DDS Community Media Trust, Nag Ashwin, Prominent Telugu Film Industry Director and Screenwriter, Prof Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Department of the Communication, University of Hyderabad along with development activists, media practitioners in the festival and Round Table.
For the last 20 years the Deccan Development Society has been conducting a month-long celebration of biodiversity called Mobile Biodiversity Festival (Pata Pantala Panduga) as a cultural campaign mode to promote the values of biodiversity among the rural communities. This is the longest campaign by any civil society organization in India in recent history and see how an issue such as Biodiversity which is normally seen as scientists concern is taken to an attractive combination of cultural activity.
The other is the Biodiversity Festival 2021 which was flagged off a month ago is going to conclude on February 15, 2021 after travelling through 23 villages and series of 4 mandal conventions. For the closing ceremony on February 15, we have guests Sunitha Laxmareddy, Chairperson,Telangana State Commission for Women, and expecting Director General, NIRD & Ms Upasana Kamineni, Vice Chairman of Apollo Foundation.