Cecilia (a Kriti Film Club special @India Habitat Centre)/ 28 November 2017

Kriti Film Club Invites you for its November screening in solidarity with Children's day and 16 Days of Activism on violence against women


directed by Pankaj Johar 
produced by Sunaina kapoor
(79 mins/ Hindi/ English/ Bengali/ 2016)

on 28 November 2017
7 pm onwards

@Gulmohar Hall
India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi 

About the film: “Cecilia” is the story of struggle for justice of Cecilia Hasda, a tribal woman from West Bengal-India, whose 14 year old daughter Mati is trafficked and found dead in New Delhi. Tragically, Cecilia has to pay with her own life after justice remains elusive even after two years. The 80 minute documentary has a personal narrative and is a first person account of the director who hired Cecilia as a housekeeper from a placement agency.

About the film maker: A one time financial consultant Pankaj left his lucrative job to pursue his passion for films when he was 24. He worked as a television producer for six years before founding his own production company in 2009. His work has been supported by organisations like IDFA Bertha Fund, Norwegian Film Institute (SORFOND), Sundance Documentary Fund, BritDoc and Indian Films Division. Pankaj joined one of India's biggest media groups – NDTV in 2002 and was part of the core team that launched India's first lifestyle channel, NDTV Good Times. He later worked as a senior producer with India’s leading news channels and produced shows from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iceland and Burma. As a television producer, the content produced by him has won various media awards. The subjects have ranged from Global Warming’s impact on Arctic Ice to the Sri Lankan conflict. Pankaj’s mid-length documentary, “Still Standing” on his quadriplegic father won the best debut film of a director from the Indian government and got the award of excellence from the Indian Documentary Producer’s Association. His first feature length film, “Cecilia” premiered at IDFA 2015. He is also the Producer/EP of independent Bollywood film, “Shuttlecock Boys”, which released in the Indian screens in 2012 and featured in almost all the top Indian critics’ year-end lists. Pankaj has also worked as a consultant on Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s popular show on social issues, Satyamev Jayate besides directing several social and corporate films for clients like United Nations, TED and Government of India.

About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an ​educational initiative of a not-for-profit organisation 'Kriti team​​'. It screens and shares documentary films on development, environment and socially relevant issues, in an effort to influence mindsets and behaviour towards an equitous, just and peaceful world. ​It also curates issue based film festivals and organises neighbourhood, school, college or institutional film shows. ​​The Kriti Film Club has been screening regularly and independently since 2000.​

The film will be followed by a discussion with the film maker!

Open for all. Confirmations are always welcome.