Dreaming Free

Exploring Shades of Gendered Resistance
Hindi, English, Punjabi (with English subtitles), 41 min, 2014, India

A series of Public Service Announcements (PSA) and Music Videos that reflect various aspects of gender and public space. All the PSAs problematise the idea of how we conceive of safety in the city in relation to gender, and builds a case for questioning stereotypes that seek to blame the victim of violence.
 
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

Stop the Blame Game
Directors: Aditi Maddali,  Atul Anand, Faebitha Rahiman, Jamminlian Vualnam and Vaseem Chaudhary
English, 1:45 min, 2014
 
‘Stop the Blame Game’ looks at women’s safety in the public space and moral policing.
 

Call 103
Directors: Kshitij Katiyar, Priyanka Pal, Vaibhav Sorte, Reethika Revathi Subramanian and Eleanor Almeida 
English, 1:52 min, 2014
 
‘Call 103’ explores the notions of danger among women in society by creating awareness on women centric issues and encourages women to resist and report any attempts by their ex-partners that make them uncomfortable.
 

Staring
Directors: Ananyaa Gaur, Dinesh Kumar Mahapatra, Keduokhrietuo Sachu, Nishajyoti Sharma and Shreya Sinha
English, 1:50 min, 2014
 
‘Staring’ tries to explore the idea of staring as a form of violence by using role reversal.
 

Co-Exist
Directors: Deepti Murali, Kritika Agarwal, Nevin Thomas, Robin Zutshi and Shuaib Shafi 
English, 2:59 min, 2014
 
‘Co-Exist’ deals with the everyday exclusions faced by the queer community in the city and with the attitude of the public and the law and order personnel towards the non-heteronormative members of the society in public spaces. The PSA aims to break the silence observed over these issues and inspire the LGBTQI community to reclaim these spaces.
 

Notions of Danger
Directors: Ankita Bhatkhande, Ashwin Nagappa, Disha K R, Elisha Walia and Firdaus Soni
English, 2:03 min, 2014
 
This PSA explores the idea and notion of danger among women in society. It examines how 'we' look at 'our' city and interrogates the perceptions of 'danger' and 'dangerous' among citizens.
 

How Far Should a Woman Go?
Directors: Shubhra Dixit, Smita Vanniyar, Anurup Khillare and Prateek Shekhar
English, 2:38 min, 2014
 
This PSA explores the extreme measures that society expects women to take in order to protect themselves.
 
 
MUSIC VIDEOS
 

Right from tales of oppression in the domestic setting, silent confrontations of women and queer in the city, to their struggles to claim public spaces and combat harassment- the shorts explore shades of gendered resistance. The shorts bring out stories that are anchored on the principal theme of 'Safe City' and celebrate varied modes of resistance.
 

Milkar Hum
Directors : Aditi Maddali, Atul Anand, Faebitha Rahiman, Jamminlian Vualnam and Vaseem Chaudhary
Hindi with English subtitles, 3:45 min, 2014
 
This music video celebrates women from different sections of society.


 

 
Maa Nee Meri

Directors: Kshitij Kaatiyar, Priyanka Pal, Vaibhav Sorte, Reethika Revathi Subramanian and Eleanor Almeida
Punjabi with English subtitles, 4:16 min, 2014
 
‘Maa Nee Meri’ is based on the song by Swaang that encourages women to resist and break free from a situation that questions their right to the city.


 

 
Kaun Kehta Hai Jannat Issey

Directors: Ananya Gaur, Dinesh Mahapatra, Keduokhrietuo Sachu, Nishajyoti Sharma and Shreya Sinha
Hindi with English subtitles, 5:11 min, 2014
 
'Kaun Kehta hai Jannat Isse' explores the theme of women’s empowerment in domestic spaces.
 

 
Khwaab Dekhle

Directors: Deepti Murali, Kritika Agarwal, Nevin Thomas, Robin Zutshi and Shuaib Shafi
Hindi with English subtitles, 3:51 min, 2014
 
This video encourages women of all ages to come out and break free from the societal coercion and aspire to achieve their dreams.
 

 
Ab Na Rahungi Tore Hattki

Directors: Ankita Bhatkhande, Ashwin Nagappa, Disha K. R., Elisha Walia and Firdaus Soni
Hindi with English Subtitles, 5:41 min, 2014
 
This music video speaks about everyday silent resistance of invisible women.
 

 
Jheel

Directors: Shubhra Dixit, Smita Vanniyar, Anurup Khillare and Prateek Shekhar
Hindi with English Subtitles, 5:03 min, 2014
 
Set to the music of Shubha Mudgal, 'Jheel' explores socially created confinements based on heteronormative assumptions.

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Commissioning Editors: Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar