A new interactive web portal for people with disabilities in India, called Punarbhava, has launched. This initiative of the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and Media Lab Asia is targeted not only at persons with disabilities but also non-government organizations (NGOs), policy makers, caregivers, service providers, people working in the disability sector, and the public at large who wish to learn more about disability and related issues.
Among other things, the portal provides census
information about disabilities in India and other data; information about various national and international laws affecting disabled people in India; information on documentaries and films or publications about disabilities; assistance in locating vocational training centers in India; information for rehabilitation professionals; resources for people with disabilities who are job hunting in India; information on training programs for professionals who wish to work with people with disabilities; and more.
People may learn more about the purpose of the Punarbhava web portal by reading its FAQ. Or start exploring the portal by following the link to:
We Can Do first learned about the Punarbhava web portal through the Disabled Peoples International e-newsletter. More detail was gathered at the Punarbhava web portal itself.
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Entries of films and documentaries on the various issues of disability are invited for Wecare Filmfest-2008 organized by BROTHERHOOD.
The last date for submitting films and documentaries to the Wecare Filmfest is February 9, 2008. If you are interested in entering the Wecare Filmfest, please send your entries ON OR BEFORE February 9, 2008.
The Filmfest itself will be held February 20-21, 2008, in the India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110 003. A large number of films and documentaries already have been received from multiple countries, including India, on various disability issues. More entries are welcome from countries around the world. All films should be subtitled in English or in Hindi or both. Films in DVD, CD, or VHS are preferred.
Entries are invited in the following four categories based on length of the film or documentary: up to one minute; up to 5 minutes; up to 30 minutes; up to 60 minutes. Application fees will be required: 500 Rupees for films up to 1 minute or 5 minutes; 1000 Rupees for films up to 30 minutes or 60 minutes. (Use the currency converter at http://www.xe.com for a rough estimate of how much this is worth in your country’s currency.)
Prize money is available for winning entries, ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 rupees depending on placement (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) or on category (films up to 1 or 5 minutes, versus films up to 30 or 60 minutes).
Entries arriving after February 9 (i.e., after the deadline) will NOT be eligible to compete.
The Wecare Filmfest is organized by Brotherhood in association with Iridium Interactive (on-line partner); Asian Academy of Film and Television (Technical Support); and I-Congo (Knowledge partner).
BROTHERHOOD has been using the Audio-visual media since 2002 to initiate discussions and dialogue for the integration of people with disability into the mainstream of society. Brotherhood reports that it has initiated several projects that demonstrate the power of film and documentaries to educate the public about disability issues. Films and documentaries can dispell myths, stereotypes and misconceptions about people with disabilities. And they can promote a new approach to disability involving equal rights, opportunities, and access.
Read more about the National Disability and Communication Resource Centre and their library of books, manuscripts, periodicals, still photographs, posters, and audio-video recordings on disability issues both from within India and from outside the country: http://www.ndfconline.org.
Download the entry form for the festival in PDF format at:
The entry form provides more details on criteria for film and documentary entries and how to submit your entries.
Inquiries related to the Wecare Filmfest can be directed to:
Wecare FilmFest, Brotherhood
B-4/156 (Basement), Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-110 029.
Please do NOT direct inquiries about the Wecare Filmfest to We Can Do. Instead, please contact the Wecare Filmfest organizers directly with the contact information provided above.
Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for passing along the original announcement on which this blog post is based.
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