Pani Ki Kahani, Hamari, Zabaani

I share with you now a video .. . about water, sanitation, toilets and how this affects the lives of the approximate 6 million people who live in slums in Delhi.

Nothing compares to actually visiting the bastis in Delhi and talking with the people who live there, but given the reality that most people either don’t have an opportunity or don’t want to go, we thought we would utilize film as a way to share the voices of the community and a piece of their daily lives with the broader public. We also wanted to show the grassroots efforts taken by the communities to create positive change. (Just as a note this is happening both with and without the support of Katha – the NGO where I work).

My co-worker Vandana and I collaborated with a team of film students who produced the film (in a very short amount of time). All of the people interviewed are people I know and who are involved in Katha’s projects. All the footage is from the communities where I spend many of my days. The young girl is a student from Govindpuri who goes to the main Katha school. The Hindi is a bit more poetic and clear than the English subtitles, as this is geared towards a Hindi-speaking audience. The title roughly translates as, “The story of water, told in our voices”.

[vimeo clip_id=”19963422″]

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