I am the change film festival in IIM Ahmedabad

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‘I am the change film project’, a 101 hour film challenge has now evolved from being a competition to sharing, from a project to a process and through this change we believe transformation is inevitable.

From a computer engineer who distributes footwear to needy to a grandfather who gives food to ants, I am the change film project celebrates stories of everyday heroes who through their selfless service reflect hope, love and compassion. Filmmakers, amateurs , students and everyone is invited to capture these stories through camera in just 101 hours. Participants can choose to make a film on an everyday hero, NGO or a pertaining social cause. In last two years more than 500 filmmakers have participated and made a difference. Best films will be screened at a two day annual film festival in IIM Ahmadabad, in association with “Dream Big festival”.

PROCESS

    The shooting event would take place on 1st – 5th of every month.

    At the start of the event, on 8 am on 1st, Filmmakers will receive an email with complete information about the Changemaker they have to make a film on.

    Filmmakers will then have the next 101 hours (i.e. uptill 1 pm on 5th) to finish the film and upload it on Metta Media.

    All the finished films will be freely open sourced and shared with various international film festivals, colleges, organizations and in an annual film festival.

    For more info please visit: http://www.mammovies.com, or contact us at info@mammovies.com

'I am the change film festival' in IIM Ahmedabad

‘I am the change film project’ is proud to associate with IIM A (Social Entrepreneurship Cell, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad) for showcasing it’s 101 films on changemakers as part of an annual film festival, held in second week of January 2010.  Recognizing and respecting the effort of each filmmaker who is participating in ‘I am the change film project’, we will show all the completed films. The festival will also act as an inspirational hub where filmmakers will interact with audience to share and celebrate stories of numerous invisible everyday heroes who have dedicated their lives for service.

To participate, filmmakers can register here. We are accepting applications.

In the joy of making a difference through making films.

MAM Movies Team

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info@mammovies.com

MAM Newsletter May 2009

MAM MoviesMedia for Social Change

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1. Join ‘Metta Media’: A community of compassionate filmmakers / Artists

Metta Media is an experiment in creating a gift economy based community where films and arts are made with the spirit of service. We believe, a story told selflessly, transforms everyone who comes accross it. To participate and for more information please click here.

2. Seva Journals Creating low cost professional videos for non-profits

Seva journals with the help of young filmmakers create professional videos for very economical price.
Featured video of the monthSankalp Forum for Social Entrepreneurs
Sankalp 2009 is an effort to discover, connect and support the most investible social entrepreneurs in India. MAM Movies made 49 short films on these entrepreneurs.

Click here to view the films.

If you you are an organization and need a film to be made , click here

3. Miscellaneous Activities / News

For more frequent discussions, join our googlegroup. Please feel free to get in touch with us in case you want to brainstorm ideas. We’re always open for some madness, organized chaos, and chai!!;-)

Get in touch with us at info@mammovies.com or

just call us at +91 9833167990 / 9819299227

Sarvodaya in Stanford

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In our recent visit to California, we had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and among them were friends in Stanford. Taking out time from their Phd’s and rigorous class schedules, few students have formed an actively engaging group ‘Sarvodaya’.
Somik very beautifully describes it as “Sarvodaya 1.0 used to have regular meetings and talks, and was a little-bit leader-driven. Sarvodaya 2.0 (the current version) is upside-down of what you would expect in a regular org. The core is follower-driven, not leader-driven anymore. When someone in our community (for example, yourself), is inspired with an idea and needs help, that person becomes the leader and we will do our best to meet up and help you be successful with whatever you are trying to do. Our model is to help, and if we can’t help, then stay out of the way and not create hurdles.”
You can find more about them in their weekly blog.
We also had the opportunity to share some films of MAM Movies projects. Here’s the link to our visit in Stanford.

Life Positive

March Issue of Life positive magazine had some very interesting articles on the birthing of a new world. How gift economy and self less service of young generation is changing the world phenomenally. In the words of Arudhanti roy: “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

Story of MAM was featured along with Nipun Bhai and Sheetal.

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Social Change through films

(By- Madhusudan Agrawal )

My Personal Journey began with my graduation from Academy of art university in San Francisco California. I had a major in Motion pictures and television. While I was there I made films from a church to strippers, from documentaries to a narrative features but yet something was incomplete, there was an emptiness and I felt the desire to come back and find my stories.

With a backpack and a donated camera I came back to India and started traveling. Stayed with Himalayan yogis to modern teachers, but the turning point came when I was making a film on one of the last active disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, Dwarko Sundarani ji.
He runs a school for the children of untouchable caste in rural Bihar, India. I stayed with him for 2 months and while leaving I touched his feet and asked his permission to go. And that’s when he asked me “Ok Madhu what are you going to do now, I didn’t understand for a moment , and then he said , find your truth through whatever you do.
Filmmaking is just an instrument , realize your true goal.

This blessing later gave birth to MAM

MAM, which means ‘I Am’ in Sanskrit, for us it personifies the soul, the brahman. Our foundation was personal change. We had to be the change we wished to see, as Gandhiji said.
A bunch of naïve, passionate young People got together and we asked ourselves, do we see a need to exist, is the media industry we have completely perfect or is there something we can transform, something we can contribute, something we can change.

There was clearly a need of engagement of youth in creating Media for social change.

In 2006 Times magazine person of the year was ‘you’, now our effort was to harness this energy and direct it towards creating engaging cinema and sensitive filmmakers.

1. Harness the power of technology: Internet, you tube and individual potential.

2. Engage youth, students & corporates in creating inspiring media

3. Social Branding: invite corporates to participate in creating social cinema with commercial value, as part of their CSR program.

We rolled our sleeves and our social experiment began.

• 1st step create a community of visionaries, rebels and mavericks. Collective Chaos we called it.
Me and my wife, with our computer and a borrowed table started in a small room, 2 years later it evolved to 5 full time members, 20 active volunteers and more than 2000 online members with an average 1 lakh online visitors per month.

• 2nd Create a support system with a self sustaining model
Jump and the net would appear, says the old zen quote and we did it.
But the zen master wasn’t there to cushion our fall. We hit the ground, were severely tested, stumbled on roadblocks, bruised ourselves but in the meantime it strengthen our souls. And when we were about to give up, we came across another visionary, Mr.Nachiket Mor from ICICI foundation, who said good ideas will have a life of its own. With his help we were able to create a resource center through which we could invite independent filmmakers to create short documentaries and videos for social causes for a very reasonable budget. Universe was conspiring to make our dreams come true.

• 3rd step , Create opportunities and event to engage them.

Our mantra: make a film, make a difference
Our first effort: Genesis film project, a film competition held in Mumbai where we invited 101 filmmakers to make films for 101 NGO’s in just 101 Hours.
It was an instant hit, with more than 300 filmmakers participating, we got 90 films on time and which motivated us to do it every year.

Then we launched a project called ‘She Creates’ , where we invited 25 girls from various backgrounds, from Dharavi slums, to children rescued from streets to some of them from public schools. Bought them together, gave them film workshop and in just 21 days these children made some heart warming films on women issues, gender inequality and female feticide. Best part, these girls were just 10-15years old and most of them were without any formal education.

These girls now have become citizen journalist, they have formed a video community within their own organization and make short videos about local stories and share it among the community. We hired one girl as teacher who goes back and helps create various other video communities. One story which reflected the immediate impact of this was of Salma, who wasn’t getting her ration card without a bribe, but when she went to the office with a video camera and questioned the officer in charge ,within one week she had her card.

These projects were awakening for us, we truly realized the power of videos and power of One.

Our next step is to create a ripple effect, to engage students, corporate and individuals, to inspire them to create participatory media and video communities throughout India. So that every organization could be able to have a voice and tell their story through videos which would be then connected globally through internet television.

I recently met a remarkable prof. Prof Anil Gupta from IIM Ahmedabad, who asked me, Madhu what’s you dream. Now Before I could reply, he said what’s your dream for next 200 years, what’s your dream for next 2000 years. Dream so big he continued that you look very small before your dreams.

So in this moment when we realize that we are all here for a reason and what we do today won’t be meaningless, I take the opportunity and make a humble effort to share some of our dreams.

I dream of a group of people who will work together to use the medium of art & cinema for the upliftment of humanity…

I dream of a support system for such group of people with the principles of social entrepreneurship…

I dream to have a new media industry with more citizen journalists who will empower themselves and their communities through videos…

I know these dreams may seem difficult but yet something within tells me:

“We are never given a dream with out the power to make it come true.”

Namaste