Good Pitch India
Conceived in 2008, Good Pitch is a global program that was initiated by Doc Society and Sundance Documentary Film Institute with the support of Ford Foundation. The Good Pitch program aims at bringing together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policy makers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues - to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.
Good Pitch India 2018
Four urgent stories exploring important issues from India were selected from 147 projects. They were supported by 234 individuals representing 134 organizations from 11 countries. Various NGOs, foundations, business leaders, broadcasters, philanthropists, tech companies, social entrepreneurs, brands, and media came together for the films and their causes.
Writing with Fire - In one of the most socially oppressive and patriarchal states of India, emerges Khabar Lahariya, a newspaper run completely by marginalized women. Meera, its popular reporter, leads the move to magnify the newspaper’s impact with an audacious decision - to transform it from a print to a digital news agency.
Climbing Uphill – The Patil family has single-handedly struggled to live up to the challenges of this unique situation of having two differently-abled children, with a sense of acceptance and humour.
Her Song - The story of three women from one of the lowest castes in India: the Banchara. Because of the intense prejudice this caste experiences, the men cannot find work, leaving the women and girls to prostitute themselves for generations.
#MissingGirls – Every eight minutes a girl goes missing. A well-known photographer launches a street art campaign to bring the issue to light. Elsewhere, women activists are also putting up a fight against female trafficking and violence, revealing the Indian subcontinent’s darkest secret.
Good Pitch India 2014
The 2014 event saw an audience of over 100 individuals representing 60 organizations forging unique coalitions and campaigns for six films showcasing a range of social issues.
17 Not Required Indians - covered the story of 17 Indians sentenced to death in the UAE for the murder of one man and exposed an unseen world of migrant abuse starting from Punjab into Sharjah.
Border Within Border - showcased the experience of Kofur, a 42-year-old illiterate brick-maker, to whom both India and Bangladesh denied the most fundamental human right of citizenship.
Driving With Selvi - told the story of a young woman who, against all odds, defied patriarchal traditions when she escaped the abusive marriage she was forced into as a child to become Karnataka’s first female taxi driver.
Love Commandos - followed the story of a Delhi-based group of the same name, which used guerrilla tactics to rescue young women from being murdered by their families and helped them marry the men they loved.
Fireflies in the Abyss - exposed the child labour industry in the ‘rat-hole’ mines of the Jaintia Hills in North-east India.
Rooting for Roona – captured the incredible story of baby Roona Begum, a one-and-a-half-year-old girl born in the hinterlands of Tripura, suffering from a birth defect.
The two editions of Good Pitch India have sensitized audiences to the potential of documentary film in creating social change, and the importance of supporting and uplifting the medium. Attendees and participants rated their experience as excellent, with the majority of panelists reporting that Good Pitch was a key event for connecting filmmakers to various organizations and funders. The participants also experienced a change in their perception and understanding of documentary films as powerful tools to campaign for change.
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