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IAWRT long documentary 2016-17

The rough shape of IAWRT’s Long Documentary, 2016-17, is promising fascinating insights from around the globe. Four international directors located in Philippines, Cameroon, India and Canada are making making features. 

The Executive Producer for this film, Nupur Basu explains how she proposes to connect the stories; “Tying up these local narratives from Cameroon, Philippines, India and the US/Bangladesh will be interviews with award winning international women journalists who will describe the challenges and achievements of covering world events from some very difficult war torn zones and difficult political regimes.”

Director ILLANG ILLANG Quijano in the Philippines, will portray the challenges for independent women reporters, in getting the story out and building audiences and the personal dangers faced by the country’s few independent women journalists.

They experience harassment and red-tagging by the military, which does not differentiate them from the people that they cover, such as indigenous peoples and activists who advocate for reforms which run counter to government policy. Such people are often tagged as ‘enemies of the state’. Her film will follow the lives of two women journalists who uphold the tradition of independent reporting, despite the dangers.

Director SIDONIE PONGMONI, from Cameroon will be showcasing a woman journalist working in the Cameroon State media (CRTV) who reports from war affected northern Cameroon.

The area is considered a high danger zone where religious radicalization has been at work, because of fundamentalist Christians and Muslims brought into contact with the Salafist ideology imported from the Middle East. The film’s protagonist works in Maroua which is a town currently in the centre of Boko Haram attacks, where terrorism and associated high levels of sexual violence including rape, torture and also murder are coming to light. Yet, despite the danger they face, women and female children are also becoming feared strangers to many northern communities because of the perceived danger they pose as possible suicide bombers.

The subject of this documentary is an efficient media woman, a leader and someone who has braved a lot of social odds to be where she is now, and this feature will examine how the journalist goes about working in this fraught environment.

Director DEEPIKA SHARMA from India will portray the lives of three Dalit[1] women who have been bringing out a quarterly magazine, Navodayam (A New Dawn). They established it 15 years ago in Chittor, a small very under resourced district in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Run entirely by Dalit women, it started as a quarterly magazine with a meagre 750 copy run. It has now reached 40 thousand and boasts of a readership of more than 200 thousand – more than what Andhra’s local newspapers can claim! It has 12 full time reporters who cover different regions.

This documentary seeks to understand how they managed to break a social structure infected with caste hierarchies and patriarchy, and make a place for themselves, and for many other Dalit women in their district.

As a counterpoint to this grassroots journalism effort, the film will also feature a highly experienced mainstream woman journalist, working in very different circumstances, who is trying to achieve the same thing – fighting corruption and censorship and thereby strengthening India’s democracy.

Director EVA BROWNSTEIN from Canada will profile a famous Bangladeshi woman blogger, who is now living in exile in the US. The protagonist’s husband, a famous blogger from Bangladesh, Avijit Roy was murdered on the streets of Dhaka, Farida Bonya Ahmed was also attacked, but managed to escape with severe injuries. She now lives with her daughter in the US and is recovering from the loss of her husband, and the trauma of the attacks. 

The Executive Producer for this film, Nupur Basu,  explains thet the linking interviews will gove the local stories a global context.“Four women journalists who have lived and worked in other war and terror riven parts of the world will be featured to throw light on the state of women in media globally, and give us the macro picture to connect the dots on the theme of the film, Women Making News.”

The documentary is expected to be completed by early December 2016.

[1] Means ‘divided’ – chosen name for those formerly called untouchable or outside the Indian caste system

illustration compiled from Typing photo by OER Africa on Flickr and / Laurie Penny.

The Asia Europe Foundation is inviting practicing journalists from ASEM countries to apply to participate in the journalists’ workshop, Asia-Europe News Media Connectivity: Collaborating on Digital Journalism, to be held on 4-7 October 2016

 in Madrid, Spain. Details hereThis workshop will be a platform for the participants to share their journalistic experiences in and perspectives on, handling digital connectivity from national and regional levels. Through discussions, the event will explore the current environment of digital media and the role of journalism in reflecting and facilitating ‘connectivity’ between diverse communities.

Application deadline for ASEF Journalists’ Workshop in Spain will be Monday, 29 August 2016. Application Form

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Deadline October 31 2016.

The 13th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival will take place in New Delhi from 2-4 March, 2017 at the India International Centre. The festival will showcase the works of Asian women directors living in any part of the world. 

The entries can be in a number of genres – animation, non-fiction, short fiction/feature fiction, experimental and student films. The India Chapter seeks to screen films which create narratives that reshape the way we imagine cinema to be. Like previous editions of the festival, the general programme will feature films selected through the open-call entry, and there will be some curated sections and seminars. The festival will also feature the fourth edition of Soundphiles, an exploration of audio productions. The call for audio entries will be posted soon.

Films made between 1st October 2014 – 31st October 2016 are eligible for entry. Please enter the film online to the festival by filling up the google form and submitting it ( before October 31, 2016. For preview viewing, you can either submit an online link to the film (along with password)  or post two DVD copies to the address below. The entrant will also need to submit three high quality images from the film, and one photo of the Director. The online link of the film with password and publicity material can be sent to: [email protected]. Any Further enquiries about the festival, can be made to this email address as well.

Address for sending preview DVD copies: Subasri Krishnan,  IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival145, Gautam Nagar, New Delhi 110049, India

More about the Rules and Regulations about the festival can be found, here

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Typhoon survivors in first-ever community radio podcast at Mambog, Phillippines 

By Frenchie Mae Cumpio

ABOUT two hundred typhoon survivors participated in the first-ever community radio podcast at Mambog, Pinabacdao, Samar, in late July.

It was part of a series of activities in preparation for the establishment of a women-led disaster risk and reduction community radio station, to broadcast from Tacloban City. In late 2013, Tacloban city and the Eastern Visayas region took the brunt of the destruction of Super Typhoon Haiyan or ‘Yolanda’, which left more than 6,300 dead and hundreds of thousands without homes and livelihoods.

PIC L-R: Frenchie Mae Cumpio, Danny Cordova, Mannil Fabular, Yulito Tabontabon, Glody Ann Z. Ocale, Lourdes Lacerna, Evalyn F. Cabuenos, Maria Loressa C. Tabontabon, Lerma R. Macabante, Jola Diones-Mamangun (IAWRT-Philippines President), Michael Advincula (Radyo Komunidad of Kadamay National.)

The community podcast was organized by the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT). The podcast event was organized in cooperation with Kodao Productions and the Eastern Visayas-based multimedia group Eastern Vista.

​The morning podcast focused on peasant issues, including the state of the agricultural sector in Samar after typhoons Yolanda, Ruby and Seniang successively ravaged the region since November 2013. Pic left, audience: Kauswagan Parag-uma, peasant organization based in Pinabacdao, Samar. Pic Right, Audience: Gabriela-Pinabacdao, women’s organization based in Samar/Screenshot by Kodao Productions)

Podcast resource persons exposed what they said was the government’s neglect of the farmers in the agricultural region.“Makuri pa it amon kabutang. Waray gud kami katagi hin ayuda, ‘Denise’, a woman peasant, said. (We are still in an unstable situation. We were not given enough assistance.)

The afternoon podcast discussed the 15-point people’s agenda, which progressive organizations from all over the country, including Eastern Visayas people’s organizations, submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte after his inauguration onJune 30 2016.

Hosted by volunteer broadcasters Danny Cordova and Frenchie Mae Cumpio (this reporter), the afternoon podcast discussed the peasants’ demands such as genuine agrarian reform in light of Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Five Pinabacdao farmers also discussed the militarization of their area, and allegations of torture, threats and intimidation by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in their communities. “Diri nira angay talapason an katungod-pantawo han mga parag-uma nga nagpapaka-buhi la,” local peasant and alleged victim, Leo Macabante, said. (They [AFP] shouldn’t violate the human rights of the farmers who are just working to earn a living.”)

More community podcasts are scheduled in August and September in other communities around Eastern Visayas.

Johannesburg 26-29 October 2016.  In conjunction with the 2016 Regional Conference. IAWRT International will launch the organization’s first African Film Festival (AFF) to be held on the 28th and 29th.

A workshop on the implementation of the Gender Mainstreaming Project (GMP) for South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya, will also be part of this triple event. Invitation from President to members below.

Friday, 12 August 2016, Nairobi. KenyaUNESCO is supporting Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET) to hold an Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Conference.  It will cover net neutrality, data protection; intermediary liability and cyber security 

and feature updates on the Review of Kenya’s ICT policy and the ICT Access Gap Report.  KICTANET and IAWRT Kenya have been partners in past projects targeting technological violence against women. 

This activity is within the framework of UNESCO’s Main Line of Action MLA 1: Promoting an enabling environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalistic safety, facilitating pluralism and participation in media, and supporting sustainable and independent media institutions in Kenya.  Contact Jaco Du toit, Advisor Communication and Information, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (Tel: +254 (0)20 762 2346/2566, Email: [email protected])



AIBD/IPPTAR Regional Workshop on Shooting Video with a Smart Phone. will be held 19 to 21 September 2016. Kulala Lumpur. 


This workshop deals with skills in shooting, editing and filing video using smart phone and tablet technology plus  native and third party apps. 

At the end of the workshop the participants will be able to

  • Understand the latest developments in new and social media and apply this understanding to gathering and sharing location video using smart mobile devices
  • Discuss and evaluate changing audience consumption habits and use this information to make decisions about content and video techniques
  • Use a range of mobile smart device video tools, including mobile apps, social media accounts and social media monitoring tools
  • Use new techniques for filing video through mobile technology

Content will includeWhy you need to use smart devices in your organisation, The changing media landscape: disruptive technology and changing media consumption habits, Metadata and new broadcast workflows, along with regulations, restrictions and social responsibilities. It will look at new media gathering, editing and filing tools, demonstrate a range of video and audio apps for smart devices and include exercises using video apps and Practical activities using smart device apps. 

At least five years of experience in television programme production is an essential condition, and ability to understand, speak and write in English fluently. Participants must bring a smart phone or tablet device which has enough storage space to load new apps and store video content.