Aalochana's Films


Director: Hemanti Banerji | Duration: 60 minutes | Language: Marathi

Aalochana’s first film was on ‘Gangutai’, the noted Maharashtrian educationist.

On The Threshold

Director: Urmila Mohite | Duration: 20 minutes | Language: English Year: 1995

The 73rd amendment in the Indian constitution ensured 33% reservations for women in local self governments (at the district, block and village panchyat levels). On The Threshold is a 30 minutes documentary that explores how reservations will make a difference to women’s participation in the panchayati raj.

Tale of Nani’s Bittergaon

Director: Medha Kotwal-Lele and Nirmala Sathe | Duration: 15 minutes | Language: English | Year: 1997

This is a DVD based on slides shot by Bishakha Datta for our study on All Women Panchayats in Maharashtra. It is a tale of an ‘All Women’s Panchayat’ in a small village, initiated by an illiterate woman (Nani) with the support of the villagers, long before 33% reservation for women in local self-governance was announced.

Challenging Path

Director: Urmila Mohite | Duration: 29 minutes | Language: English and Marathi | Year: 2007

Obstacles in the path of women in Panchayat Raj institutions are many and varied. This film tries to capture some of these. This short film highlights the trials faced by women panchayat members through the depiction of a simulated seminar.
(The film is also available in Marathi - Bikat Vat Chalata…)

Making a Difference

Director: Reena Mohan | Duration: 33 minutes | Language: English Year: 2006

This documentary presents profiles of three Dalit women leaders in rural Maharashtra and their struggles which have made a difference to their villages and communities. All three women have transformed their communities and have empowered its women.
(The documentary is also available in Marathi - Badlat Aahe Jag He Sare and in Hindi - Parivartan)

Sawal Aakkhya Gawacha Haye!

Director: Priya Aalam | Duration: 20 minutes | Language: Marathi

This DVD presents information on the rules for the functioning of the Gram Sabha and the Gram Panchyat. The film emphasizes the importance of women’s participation in them and is useful for training.

Eka Paul Pudhe Ga!

Director: Urmila Mohite | Duration: 17 minutes | Language: Marathi Year: 2005

It is an inspirational film which addresses the problems elected women face in politics post-reservations and ways to overcome them. The film highlights the importance of trainings for newly elected women representatives.


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