The wonderful life after Doordarshan
There are some rivetting science programmes on Star TV and BBC which should inspire Doordarshan to produce better programmes in this genre
THE GENE HUNTERS-Zef Productions Producer: Luke Holland
Perpetrating cruelty for the human palate
Two video films portray the extremes to which humans go in dealing with other life forms to satisfy their needs.
BBC dreams about the machine
Two BBC serials take the viewer to the awesome world of computers, dramatising their history, and showing how they have become an integral part …
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Two films on Israel, despite their obvious public relations motive, nevertheless catch and hold firmly, the viewer's interest.
Beasts and birds
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Putting out a helping hand
A film made by CAPART depicts the work done to generate employment among women in West Bengal's Bankura district.
A novel portrayal of pollution
Female and unwated in India
A BBC serial has pieced together damning evidence of the rise in female foeticide in India in the 1990s.
Languishing in the cans
Films on successful technological projects and innovative government schemes have failed simply because there has been no effort to show them to …
The making of a dinosaur
That is just what the Jurassic Park special, telecast by STAR Plus, was all about
Doordarshan's new tricks show promise
Classroom 2000+ is a promising teaching experiment, which, if extended, could revolutionise science education in Indian villages. Meanwhile, Quest,…
Chilika documentary fails to make a point
Oriya film-maker Prithwiraj Mishra's documentary is impressive for its photography, but he fails to deal convincingly with the question of the …
The slaughter of Sariska effectively portrays the determination of the local people to halt the devastation wrought by mines.
The sapling brigade
Too much protest, too little practice
The October edition of Newstrack had a livelier-than-usual Crosstalk, which featured doctors furious at being brought under the purview of the …
White on black
A series of film clips is designed to bring the East closer to the self-satisfied cobbers in Australia.
Stumbling along on the road to green
A documentary telecast on Rajiv Gandhi's 50th birth anniversary examines the late Prime Minister's environmental initiatives, but finds the …
Qualitywise, India is miles ahead
The Indian entries in a recent development video competition held by the British Council, far outpaced their competitors in production quality, …
Patkar populism lights sparks on Zee TV
Narmada Bachao Andolan activist Medha Patkar fended with dexterity the provocative questions posed to her in Zee TV's Aapki Adalat.
Tough decisions ahead
A BBC serial says strong political will is needed to ensure that energy is used efficient.
Tears and the drama aside, the message survives
Prabhat Roy's award-winning Shwet Paatharer Thala is a tear-jerker, which nevertheless effectively preaches the lesson of family welfare.
Riveting saga of a river that gives -- and takes
Goutam Ghose's Padma Nadir Majhi depicts how poor fisherfolk, already vulnerable to nature's whims, are exploited by fellow-humans.
One high-profile crusader takes on another
The activists' extremism subtly: Patkar compares the dam to a bomb while another activist says if the Berlin Wall could be brought down, why not …
Living with the Devil's Element
BBC's film on chlorine is more successful in underlining the vital role it plays in daily life, rather than in detailing why it should be banned