Let live

Published: Monday 28 February 2005

A still from Aftershocks: a ro Jeevika India Habitat Centre New Delhi

How do people react when outdated rules and regulations ruin their livelihood? How do they scrape together a living in the face of mindless bureaucracy and discrimination? Jeevika 2005, organised by the New Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society --on January 27-29, 2005 -- posed such provocative questions, showcasing 15 documentaries of diverse themes and styles. The winning documentary, Aftershocks: a rough guide to democracy, directed by Rakesh Sharma, explores the processes of displacement and resettlement of villages destroyed by the Gujarat earthquake of 2001. The film is set in two Gujarat villages. Away from the focus of international aid, the problems of these earthquake-ravaged villages have been exacerbated by miners who desecrate their land.

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