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Video Gallery
When the commitment of an organisation is to value people's knowledge and build its work on their confidence, the need to explore various tools of expression through which people can communicate with the outside world. Because the outside world is a reality and their necessity to communicate with it is also a reality. In this effort, literacy was not the only choice. Literacy could actually become a constraint for non-literate people whose aural and visual narratives are so powerful. So the Deccan Development Society has provided video and audio technologies as a means of expression for the disadvantaged rural women and equipped a group of over fifteen women with the skills to handle this media. And thus the Community Media Trust was born in 1998. Here are some of the videos shot edited, dubbed, mixed partially by the rural women -Narsamma, Manjula, Punniamma, Kavitha, Sakuntala, Mullamma, Laxamma, Sangamma and Yesu. Till date they have shot over 100 films. [See the list of their films and about the Community Media Trust in Rural images, Rural Voices]
 

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Cultivating Sovereignty - Amazing stories of DDS Communitiess

Responding to the emerging global challenges, the DDS communities, which had worked towards ensuring their food security over the last 20 years, are now moving into a regime of food sovereignty. Their collective effort over the coming years would be to smoothen this transition by ensuring their seed sovereignty, through practicing principles of permaculture, establishing eco-insurance and production of biomass to enhance the fertility of their soils.............

 
Video Snippets from IV National Convention, Nov 25-26, 2015
"Prof.S. Galab in IV National Convention on Millets"

Prof. Galab, who described himself as “development economist” said that the transdisciplinary research along with all the stake holders of millets should be documented and technology with multi dimensional benefits should be developed to promote millets. He promised the support of CESS for such a research.

 
"CAN MILLETS OFFER NUTRITION SECURITY?" - Dr P Janaki Srinath

Dr.Srinath expressed a great support for the millet and organic food movement. She spoke about a new understanding among people, moving away from the technologies of the green revolution, and how instead ”the word ancient is attracting everybody - people want to eat the grains untouched by humans, they have realized that a lot of bad things have come to those crops we have hybrided.” .......

 
"MILLETS ARE THE BONDING CROPS" - Seno Tsuhah, NEN

Ms Tsuhah strongly stood up for NEN’s belief and confidence in their farming system. She brought forward the role of women and marginalised people, who ”are the backbone” of farming. She witnessed about the return of millet cultivation and consumption in Nagaland, with revival of millets by 60 percent in the last 4-5 years. .......

 
A Disaster in Search of Success
Bt Cotton in Global South

Genetically engineered cotton [Bt cotton] is one of the hotly debated subjects around the globe. The biotech industry has created an unprecedented hype around it. However the experiences around Global South in Bt cotton farming completely contradict this gung ho propaganda.

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Community Conquers Hunger

Community Conquers Hunger is the story of a community or rural poor dalit women from the margins of society, who with a quiet confidence went about banishing hunger fromt heir midst in a span of two decades.

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Naa Chenu Naa Chaduvu [My Farm - My School]

Naa Chenu, Naa Cheduvu [My Farm, My School] is a film made by Masanagari Mayuri, a nine year old girl from a dalit farm labouring family that lives in Pastapur Village of Medak District. Mayuri studies in the Government Primary School in her village Pastapur.

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Dhanwarlo O' Avva

Dhanwarlo O’ Avva is a 6 minute 20 second film made by Masanagari Mayuri, an eight year old girl from a dalit farm labouring family that lives in Pastapur Village of Medak District in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Mayuri studies in the Government Primary School in her village.

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RAITA TEERPU Farmers Jury on Democratization of Agricultural Research

For the first time in the world - a farmers’ jury composed of dalits, indigenous people and very small farmers delivered an iconic verdict called Raita Teerpu on Democaratisation of Agricultural Research. RAITA TEERPU [Farmers Jury] captures the Jury in action alongside key scenes of the intricate process that preceded the Verdict.

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Community Charter on CLIMATE CHANGE

This film documents an unique initiative by the People's Coalition on Climate Change. As the discourse on climate change in India systematically bypassed the authentic ecosystem-dependent communities such as the adivasis, forest people, dalits, fishers, pastoralists a group of grassroots civil society organisations came together to form this coalition and take the debate directly to the local communities.

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MILLETS The Miracle Grains

The film Millets, the Miracle Grains, made by the dalit peasant women filmmakers of the DDS Community Media Trust is an eloquent video tribute to millets, undermined by the dominant grains and the politics that surround them. This film is unique in the sense that the farmers who made it are themselves cultivators and consumers of millets.

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Bt Cotton in Andhra Pradesh: A three year fraud

The film Bt Cotton in Andhra Pradesh: A three year fraud, A complement to the report, vividly brings out the stories of terrible loss, deep pain and cold anger, leading to explosive violence and even death as narrated by farmers.

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Why are Warangal Farmers Angry with Bt Cotton?

This film, made by the women farmers of Community Media Trust is a powerful documentation of the traumatic season in 2002-03,that Bt cotton farmers in one district of Andhra Pradesh went through The film brings us the story of four farmers and the roller coaster experiences of others like them, who planted Bt cotton on their fields and suffered severe losses.

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In the lap of Pacha mama, Bhootali, Mother Earth

The film In the lap of Pacha mama, Bhootali, Mother Earth, is a film about a voyage of discovery of peace and harmony by serving Mother Earth through ecological practices. It describes a unique journey undertaken by a group of peasant women from India to distant Peru, covering a distance of 20,000 kms and aeons of spiritual distance.

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People's Agenda for Boidiversity


The Deccan region of South India principally hosts rainfed agriculture and is the home to a fascinating biodiversity of crops. Millets, legumes, oilseeds, uncultivated foods produce an incredible matrix of diverse crops on the farmers' fields. Medak District in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, where the DDS works, has thousands of amazing women farmers who have kept alive a vibrant diversity on their farms and fields. This is the tradition that inspired the biodiversity festivals of the DDS which started in 1999 and have become an annual feature turned into people's festivals. The film People's Agenda for Biodiversity faithfully chronicles the journey of the Mobile Biodiversity Festival of the DDS.

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Balwadi (See Video)
Childcare is an important area of concern. All the DDS women work during the day. Because of the taxing working hours these women have expressed a need for someone to take care of their children during their absence. The DDS balwadis cater to this need. A video by Community Media Trust.
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Bio-diversity Festival (See Video)
DDS has been entrusted with the responsibility of preparing strategies and plans for conservation, enhancement, equitable distribution and sustainable utility of Agrobiodiversity in the Zaheerabad and Deccan region. As part of this strategy and action plan preparation for Agrobiodiversity conservation and enhancement in this region, we have celebrated this pata pantala Jathara (traditional crops Jathara) in 66 villages, by involving and actively interacting with different categories of farmers in each village.
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Farmer's Jury (See Video)
The Prajateerpu, a farmers jury on Food Futures in the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India was organised in the context of the currently re-thinking by AP on its approach to farming, land use and marketing.
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Verdict (See Video)
The people's verdict, which was reached on July 1st and presented to the A.P.Government and World Bank, will have implications for policy-makers at a national and international level.
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Uncultivated Food (See Video)
Agriculture of the poor is characterized by the celebration of bio-diversity on their lands. A minimum of 8 to 12 crops is grown by them at the same time and space on their lands.
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DDS - PRA (See Video)
Participatory Rural Appraisal helped the women to learn things easily and effectively, as they are totally involved in this participatory work.
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Vermicompost (See Video)
The objective of this programme is both the enable women's groups to become eco-enterpreneurs as well as bridging the gaps in the availability of the bio fertilisers for use in the farmlands of the sangham members.
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Farmer's Rally Against Vision 2020
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The farmer's of Zaheerabad region rallied against the Andhra Pradesh government policy statement Vision 2020
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PDS (See Video)
DDS model of PDS which is called the Alternative PDS through Community Grain Fund. This is a model which intends to set up a totally community managed PDS system based on coarse grains, locally produced, locally stored and locally distributed.
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The Sangam Shot (See Video)
The video training has tremendous value as it comes at a time when women are required to communicate more widely. Handling the camera also gives visibility in the community and empowers the women to document the stories of the community.
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