Makkala Panchayat
30 minutes / Kannada / EST / DV Cam / Documentary / India / 2007
Production Details
Producer : Film & TV Institute of India, Poona.
Executing Banner : Sonk Films
Writer / Director / Editor : Ramchandra PN
Camera : Sameer Mahajan
Sound : Santosh Kumar; Bobby John.
FTII-UNDP Coordinators : Anil Zankar, Milind Damle.
In Coastal Karnataka in South India, fifty six Gram Panchayats (Village Self governing bodies) hold elections to the Makkala Panchayat (Children's Self Governing Bodies), so that the children can form a pressure group to help solve developmental issues that they think are important to them and to their villages. A few years back, such elections were held in five Gram Panchayats and the results in Human development issues were encouraging. One Makkala Panchayat got a high school sanctioned in their village while another became instrumental in banning illicit liquor from their hamlet!
Production Notes
This film is a part of a series of films on Human Development issues commissioned by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the Film & TV Institute of India (FTII). This film was shot over a period of one year, in five schedules each coinciding with the various stages of the formation of the Makkala Panchayat or the children’s self governing body.
Film Festivals
1. Platforma Video7 International Film Festival, Athens (GR), ‘Audience Prize Competition’, 2007
2. Ninth Madurai Documentary and Short Film Festival, India, 2007.
3. Vibgyor International Film Festival (short & documentary), Thrissur, India 2008
4. One World International Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 2008
5. Rwanda International Film Festival, Africa 2008
6. Singapore International Film Festival, Free Section, 2008
7. The End of the Pier International Film Festival, UK 2008
Other Links
1. Platforma07
2. A Recommendation
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