Whose land is it?

Kaelvi Kadhai (part of Iniyavai Indru) is an eight minute Tamil series with animation and narration anchored by Malavika PC, written and directed by Samyuktha PC for a Tamil cultural television channel called Puthuyugam TV in 2013. The animation was done by Trotsky Marudu’s team of animators. This particular episode furthers our conversation on land use, land ownership and land rights.The purpose of producing this show was to explore everyday concepts as stories and discover the individual’s relationship with the same.

Please watch, share and write to us on your experiences and observations with land use patterns around the world. For instance, what kind of a role does the State have in relation to land? What legislations are present or afloat to protect or grab land? What kind of power is in the hand of the people from the land? Add questions, thoughts, images and anything else. Comment below or send us the longer replies to chaikadai@gmail.com

Tamil, 8 mins 30 s

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The International Uranium Film Festival 2013

Uranium Film FestivalCurated by two Brazilian film makers, this widely travelled international film festival, explores the entire nuclear life cycle — from the mining of uranium to disposal of radioactive wastes. Choosing from more than 50 documentaries and animation films, the Chennai chapter brings to viewers 20 films over a two-day period. The festival is geared towards engendering a more informed debate on these issues. Read more about the films here.

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WHAT: Festival of international documentaries, short films and animation films covering uranium mining, nuclear research, weapons, and power plants and nuclear waste. Discussions led by feature filmmakers and prominent intellectuals.

WHEN: Film Fest on February 5-6, 2013. 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Workshop on documentary film-making led by Alphonse Roy and R. Revathi on 7 February (9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.)

WHERE: Asian College of Journalism 2nd Main Road, Taramani (Near Indira Nagar MRTS, Behind MS Swaminathan Research Foundation)

Organised by: Chennai Solidarity Group for Koodankulam Struggle & Poovulagin Nanbargal

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The Children of Gaza: Samouni Street

Please watch this.

2011. 12 mins 56s. English subtitles

The story of 4 kids of the extended Samouni family in Gaza. With animated drawings they express what happened to them and their family during operation ‘Cast Lead’.

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The cupcake travels to vegetable land and becomes a nudist.

The previous post was a sand creature passing on messages in a bottle to snow creature. This is another interesting stop motion animation called Sweet Dreams by Kirsten Lepore again (yes, we like him) where a cup cake travels to vegetable land, builds houses, becomes a muffin, meets a sweet squash potato, becomes a nudist and travels back to his desert land.

9 mins, 57 s, animation, 2008

Little Scraps of Paper

Little Scraps of Paper is a series of short documentary films created in 2010 by director Tomas Leach, assisted by Nicolas Cambier and Daniel Diego Lincoln. They explore how different creative people develop ideas and thoughts and what they keep in them.