Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Documentary Screening: Timbaktu

22 Nov '2014, 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm
Bangalore International Centre Auditorium, TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage, Bangalore- 560071
Entry :
Bangalore International Centre, (A TERI Initiative) cordially invites you to the screening of  an award winning documentary film “TIMBAKTU”, directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh.
  • Duration of film: 30 minutes
  • Language:  Telugu with English Sub-tittles.
Guest Speaker: Mr. C K Ganguly (Bablu), Secretary cum Chief functionary, Timbaktu Collective. He will be present to handle the Q & A session after the screening. 
Note: There will be a sale of Timbaktu products from 5.30 PM onwards that day
About the film
When a small farming community in South India decided to switch from their decades-old practice of chemical agriculture to organic farming, little did they know that they were planting the seeds of a silent revolution. By showcasing the exemplary efforts of farmers of a tiny village ( in Andhra Pradesh, the film explores critical issues of food security and sovereignty. At its heart, it looks at the relationship that a farmer shares with her land, her seeds and raises vital questions about food, the very essence of human life. 
About the Directors
Rintu and Sushmit are award-winning filmmakers who have produced and directed films that explore issues of gender and sexuality, HIV AIDS, street children, disability, maternal and child health and environment. They founded Black Ticket Films, a film production agency that has been recognized for creating films with a unique visual language. Their films have been screened at various international film festivals as well as at global platforms like the UN Convention on Climate Change.
Mr. C K Ganguly (Bablu) & Mary Vattamattam
Bablu Ganguly and Mary Vattamattam have worked in the field of rural development for over 35 years. Between 1978 and 1990 they worked with Young India Project, a voluntary organisation working for rights of the agricultural labourers. In 1990, they co-founded the Timbaktu Collective. Bablu was awarded an Ashoka fellowship in 1994 for his work on regenerating and reforesting the common lands. Apart from the work with Timbaktu Collective, Bablu and Mary have also been actively involved in creating and nurturing several state and national level networks of voluntary organizations to support environmental and indigenous people's struggles.
About “Timbaktu Collective”
Initiated in 1990, the Timbaktu Collective has been attempting to respond to the desperate situation and agrarian crisis in 140 villages of Anantapur District in Andhra Pradesh. In 2008, as a natural extension of their work promoting organic farming, Timbaktu Collective helped to set up Dharani Farming and Marketing Mutually Aided Cooperative Society Ltd, a producer owned business enterprise, to procure, process and market the produce of its farmer members. Dharani markets its products under the brand name "Timbaktu Organic".

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