August 15 - 19 

One Billioneyes - annual Indian documentary film festival, in association with Alliance Francaise 

Theme for 2007: Caste 

Venue: Alliance Francaise, College Road, Chennai 

Visit www.abillioneyes.in 
Schedule 

15th August 2007 
5.30 p.m. 
'Everyday Bhopals: Shit, Piss and Methane'. Inauguration of Senthil Kumarana's exhibition of photographs by Bezwada Wilson of Safai Karamchari Andolan. 
Culture critic Sadanand Menon will speak. 
Painting show by students of Govt College of Fine Arts, Chennai 
6.00 - 7.25 - Faces of Change, produced and directed by Michèle Stephenson. 80 mins 
7.25 - 7.40 - Interaction with A. Kathir, one of the protagonists of Faces of Change 
7.40 - 7.45 - Break 
7.45 - 9.00 - Screening - Seruppu - Amudhan - India/Tamil/74 mins 
9.00 - 9.20 - Screening - They Call Me Chamar - Loksen Lalwani - India/1980/17 mins 

16th August 2007 
Film screenings, Segment on Education/History, and a panel on 'Caste Discrimination in Urban Spaces'. 
5.00 - 5.15 - Screening - We Are Not Your Monkeys - Anand Patwardhan - 11 mins 
5.15 - 5.30 - Screening - Acting Like A Thief - Shashwati Talukdar and Kerim Friedman - 15 mins 
5.30 - 7.00 - Educating History/Historicising Education - Screening of Deepa Dhanraj’s Basava - 90 mins 
7.00 - 7.15 - Ajay Kumar Singh from AIIMS will present a testimonio of everyday anti-dalit discrimination at AIIMS. 
7.15 - 7.20 - Screening of five-minute video on the burning of Babasaheb Ambedkar's works by some AIIMS students. 
7.20 - 7.30 - Break 
7.30 - 7.50 - Kancha Ilaiah, author of Why I am Not a Hindu, will speak. 
7.50 - 8.10 - Ruth Manorama, national convenor, National Dalit Women's Federation 
8.10 - 8.45 - Screening - Taza Khabar - 31 mins 
8.45 - 8.55 - Screening - Bant Sing Sings - Sanjay Kak - 7 mins 

17th August 2007 
Film Screenings, Poetry reading and discussion 
5.00 - 6.00 - Screening - Dalit Bhoomi - Omprakash - 60 mins 
6.00 - 6.20 - Screening - One Weapon - Sanjay Kak - 18 mins 
6.25 - 6.40 - Readings from Namdeo Dhasal: Poet of the Underworld translated by Dilip Chitre. 
6.40 - 7.10 - Reflections on the book by Dilip Chitre and Ramu Ramanathan. 
7.10 - 7.25 - Audience interaction 
7.25 - 7.30 - Break 
7.30 - 8.50 - Screening - The Die is Caste - Ranjan Kamath 
8.50 - 9.20 - Screening - Making a Difference - Reena Mohan - 30 mins 

18th August 2007 
Film screenings, Panel on Visual Culture and Literature, Theatre performance 
6.00 - 6.50 - Screening - Born At Home - Sameera Jain 
6.50 - 7.50 - Panel on 'Dalits in Visual Culture and Literature' with R.Azhagarasan, Bama, Gopal Guru and Ravikumar. 
7.50 - 8.00 - Break 
8.00 - 8.45 - Performance by Tejgarh-based Bhudan theatre group of 'Choli Ke Piche Kya Hai' based on Mahasweta Devi's play. Directed by Alok Gagdekar. Bhudan theatre is founded and run by adivasis. 
8.45 - 9.45 - Screening - Dandorra - Srinivasa Panthakula 

19th August 2007 
Film Screenings, Play Reading, Announcement of Award 
Morning: 
10.30 - 11.30 - Screening - Cry for Change - VB Rawat - 51 mins 
11.30 - 12.30 - Screening - Puduyugam - Omprakash - 61 mins 

Evening: 
5.00 - 6.10 - Screening - Ramaiahvin Kudusai - Bharati Krishnakumar - 67 mins 
6.10 - 8.00 - Screening - India Untouched - K Stalin - 110 mins 
8.00 - 8.10 - Break 
8.10 - Reading of Ramu Ramanathan's play by Pralayan and Rajiv Krishnan 
Announcement of the award.

 
An Outreach programme was conducted for One billion Eyes Indian Documentary Film Festival 
20th September 2007 

"John and Jane", the 2006 One Billion Eyes Indian Documentary Film festival best entry award winning film and "Seruppur" an entry for 2007 festival were shown to participants of Staff training programme of University of Madras' Department of English and a discussion followed. 

"India Untouched" film by K.Stalin on untouchability in India, which won the best entry award for the 2007 festival was screened at Madras Institute of Development Studies and at University of Pondicherry's department of performing arts.

Reviews 
Stark portraits of an ignored class 
By Chitra Mahesh
 
Framing life's other side 
City Express with the New Indian Express
 
Casting out Caste 
City Express with the New Indian Express 
Aug 18, 2007