These films are an important component in workshops, trainings and seminars held regularly at Baba Amte Centre for People’s Empowerment with agencies and institutions working on watershed development and livelihood security.
At the request of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, we made 5 training films (in both Hindi and English) on watershed development in the context of the MGNREGA. One of the films “Earthen Dams” won the Magna Mater Award at the 25th International Agrofilm Festival in Slovakia in October 2008. This is the highest award given to the best film of the festival across all categories. This film also won Water Award – the best work concerning subject of water resources, Cine Eco, Portugal, 2008.
In addition, the film “Earthen Dams” was also nominated in the competitive section of Eko Films (34th International Film Festival on the Environment and Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Czech Republic), the film “Ridge Area Treatment” was nominated in the competitive section of CineEco (14th International Environmental Film Festival, Portugal) and the film “On Farm Interventions” is nominated in the competitive section of upcoming Wildlife Vaasa 2008 (International Nature Film Festival, Finland).
The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India also asked us to make a film on NREGA. The 56-minute film NREGA Reforms: Building Rural India (made in both Hindi and English), traces the historical roots of the employment guarantee and captures myriad voices of the people of India’s remote rural hinterlands who speak of the distress that led to the enactment of NREGA, the problems facing the implementation of the program and their efforts to make it a success on the ground.
These films have been directed by SPS Core Team members Pinky Brahma Choudhury and Shobhit Jain who are both graduates from the Film and Television Institute of India. They lead the SPS Film and Documentation Unit.

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