Surviving victims of the 2002 Gujarat on Friday showcased their
artistry in cinematography by becoming amateur documentary
A voluntary forum
named Saath has helped these victims to fulfill their celluloid
dreams by associating them with a local film production unit, Samvad
Working under the
banner of Samvad Video, most of these filmmakers are uneducated who
even find it difficult to make both ends meet.
“People from the
villages are taking great interest in the films which are made here
as these are issues related to them and are very close to them. The
films are also accepted by the people,” said Yasmin Rehmani, of NGO
The films are shown
when the prime time television soaps are telecast and they leave
those (popular) programmes to watch these documentary films made by
us,” he added.
Viewers have opined
that these movies send across an effective social message.
films are good and send a message to the world about discouraging
dowry and boosting the communal harmony so that all the grudges and
hatred from the hearts of elders and children can be wiped away and
for that it is very important to tell them about communal harmony,”
noted Mansuri Zahira , a resident of Juhapura.
More than 2,000
people, were killed in the 2002 riots after a suspected mob had
torched a train, burning to death 59 pilgrims and activists.
Hundreds of families
were also rendered homeless with a majority among them losing their
sole means of daily bread.
The Gujarat violence
was one of India’s worst bloodshed since independence in 1947.