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Film fest honour for documentary

A group of girls’ 15-minute reel take on trafficking has brought laurels for Central University of Jharkhand.

Taskari, which has been made by four girls of the varsity, bagged the best students’ film documentary award at a film festival held in Patna early this month. Abhibyakti was organised by Patna-based Rabi Bharti to screen and promote low-budget films and documentaries made by students.

“We received the good news today (Monday). The letter is due to arrive in a week,” said Neha Pandey, one of the four makers of Taskari, which means trafficking.

The other three are Swati Yadav, Shilpa Choudhary and Heena Kausar — all final-year BA students of mass communication at the Brambe-based university.

The 15-minute documentary, which was made in just Rs 10,000, depicts the plight of victims of human trafficking, particularly tribal and rural girls.

The film, which focuses on some teenaged girls who were trafficked and then rescued, tried to delve into the reasons behind the phenomenon and talks about existing laws and how the administration has failed to exercise them. It also cites instances of successful rehabilitation of some rescued girls.

“Human trafficking is a big issue in Jharkhand and hence, it inspired a documentary,” said Heena.

Taskari is probably the first documentary to be prepared by an all-girl team.

It was also screened at Delhi Short International Film Festival this October, where it bagged the “best five appreciation” tag.

Besides, it has been selected for desktop screening at Jaipur International Film Festival 2013.


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