Magic Lantern Foundation - an Indian Documentary Film Promotion Company
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Magic Lantern Foundation is a non-profit group working with media and human rights. Established in 1989, MLF has been involved with:
§ Production of documentary films that explore aesthetics and politics.
§ Campaigning with films on issues of social justice, culture and censorship.
§ Media education to critically assess the dominant media.
§ Training in the use of media and media education.
§ Intervening in the construction of media policy.
§ Dissemination of independent films.
§ Research on IPR in the realm of knowledge and culture production.
§ Curation and organisation of film festivals.
In January 2004, MLF organised a four-day film festival, Other Worlds Are Breathing, for the World Social Forum in Mumbai. In this festival, 83 international films, selected from over 300 submissions, were screened to huge audiences in two auditoria. Subsequently, we have organised the following film festivals:
n Other Worlds are Breathing 2005 during WSF at
n The Woman’s World, on women and health for the 10th International Women and Health Meeting (IWHM) held in New Delhi, India.
n In November 2006, MLF, as part of the Delhi Film Archive, organised the 3 Screens Film Festival at the Public Ka
Multiplex, during the India Social Forum in
n Moving People: Africa-Asia Interface on Migration/ Refugee/ Exile/ Diaspora conducted during the
World Social Forum 2007 at
n Persistence Resistance: A festival of contemporary political films at the India International
All though the years, MLF has encouraged other groups and organisations to curate film festivals on specific themes and helped such groups to organise local film festivals by curating thematic packages, as well as providing films.
Meanwhile, in August 2005, MLF initiated its distribution centre, Under Construction, conceived as a non-broadcast, non-commercial distribution mechanism for independent films aiming to bridge the gap between films and its audience by enabling viewers to access a large number of films from a single source and circulate independent films and documentaries in the public domain.
While continuing to make films, in the years to come, MLF would lay more stress on increasing the visibility and reach of independent films in the public domain, so that a diverse range of thematics, perspectives, forms and narratives enable richer debates and discourses in society.
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