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Must See Documentaries About India

10947238_10155114359680367_6919900311834592174_nIt’s Friday, which means it’s movie night! Instead of scrolling through Netflix for hours (I can’t be the only one) try scrolling through this list of amazing documentaries.

Even after traveling to India, there are so many mysteries about the country, and many heartbreaking truths that aren’t immediately observable.

Take a look at these documentaries if you want to learn more about in life in India for women, and for people living in poverty.

India’s Daughter. This documentary (which was actually banned in India) tells the story of Jyoti Singh. Johti was a young, Indian physiotherapy student who was tragically murdered. You can watch this film for free here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/ID/2657845142/

Gulabi Gang. A group of women name themselves the Gulabi Gang and fight against gender discrimination, caste oppression, and widespread corruption. If you are interested in the Gulabi Gang also watch this short vice episode on HBO about corruption, rape, and the Gulabi Gang in India.

Poverty, Inc.  Many fighting poverty have their heart in the right place, but is what they are doing really helping impoverish nations to be sustainable? Or is it in fact destroying that nations economy?  Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/109863354

Hit the Road India. This travel documentary follows the adventure of two American friends from Mumbai to Chennai… wait for it… driving in rickshaws! You can rent this film online here: http://www.hittheroadindia.com/

It’s a Girl.  In India, and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. “Gendercide” is very real today. Girls who survive are often neglected their whole life. Watch online for free here: http://documentaryaddict.com/its+a+girl-12169-doc.html

On Thursday, March 26th thisvillage is hosting our Indian dinner fundraiser! Come out and help us raise money to create a sustainable future for the widows of Bandanpally, India. Buy Tickets

— Julia Kutyn

 

दन्यवाद

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Hi! My name is Julia Kutyn, and I’m new to this blog and to thisvillage! For the next few months you’ll be hearing from me quite a bit. I am currently taking my undergraduate degree in business administration and am very excited to be working as an intern for thisvillage. I am also very excited to be a part of this organization that is connected to India in such a big way.

 A couple years ago I had the extreme privilege of travelling 36 hours to this chaotic country and having my heart broken (in the good way) by India and its beautiful people. As cliché as this sounds… my life will never be the same. While living in India I  worked in a home for young boys whose parents were too unwell to take care of them. I was also able to work in a school for children from the surrounding village. The children I spent time with were so full of energy and enjoyment of life it was hard not to love every minute of it, even though I was usually lost; I couldn’t understand much of the Hindi that they spoke so quickly!

Extreme poverty and overwhelming wealth are next-door neighbours in India. This is something that I wasn’t expecting. However, something that was even more striking to me was the use of this word:  दन्यवाद , pronounced Dhan’yavād. This is the Hindi word meaning “thank-you”. I spent Thanksgiving in a small village north of Delhi, and I have very fond memories of making food with my new friends and being taught how to dance (which was embarrassing for someone with not enough coordination to do Zumba), but mostly I remember hearing this word, dhan’yavād, again and again, and not only just on Thanksgiving.

There’s something to be said about being emotionally wrecked by the reality that IS life in India. Daily life can be so upside down compared to the standards of the west but this is just “normal” in India. India is such a special place to me; the people there are like no other when it comes to tradition and respect, being hospitable, and just having fun! If you are ever presented with an opportunity to travel there, TAKE IT!

Rahul

—Julia Kutyn