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Video works produced by Video SEWA:

These are low quality videos specially made for web preview, and contain just footages from the original videos. Original videos are in high quality. You can purchase these and many more videos from our video library. Which are available in VHS pal (1/2 inch tape), VCD formats. For more information or ordering contact:

Click here to view the clipA sun has risen in my heart: This Film is about the importance of training and literacy in the lives of women from the informal economy. The film depicts the problems faced by women due to the lack of formal education and training. It also shows how the training provided by SEWA Academy helps in doing the capacity building of this marginalized community.
Click here to download the clip The sun has risen in my heart.mp4 (13.4mb)

Click here to view the clipManek chowk: Programme is about the poor conditions of vendors and hawkers at Manek chowk, a vegetable market, which is located in the heart of Ahmedabad, India. It gives clear idea how vegetable vendors are harassed and humiliated and
ignored by police and municipal authorities. It also describes Sewa’s struggle and efforts to improve the situation of these street vendors and fight for obtaining licences and permanent place of selling. This tape has found many viewers including legal professionals who are fighting a case in favour of the hawkers, urban planners concerned with the poor in the city and those who are interested in income generation for poor women.
Click here to download the clip manekchowk.mpg (3362KB)

Click here to view the clipInvisible workers: Home based work has great significance for the local and global labour movements on the one hand and for the economic leadership of poor women on the other hand. It is also a fast growing sector of employment among some of the most modern sectors of our industries like electronics, garments and machine tools. This programme shows the issues facing home-based garment workers who work on piece rates. It also gives information about Sewa’s efforts to solve the problems of home based workers by intervening in policy making and bringing about a change for the better earnings and visibility of work. International initiatives has found many viewers abroad for this tape.
Click here to download the Clip invisible_workers.mpg (2578KB)

Click here to view the clipVideo Sewa: Women’s Alternative: This video is about the learning process in Video SEWA where women become producers of video productions. Role and importance of video as a mode of communication is intended. Also described awareness brings about through video because it gives instant feedback to our efforts. It also highlights the primary objectives of VIDEO SEWA. It shows how Video Sewa is used in SEWA's various activities. It is produced with such fun, which is evident in the video itself.
Click here to download the Clip videosewa.mpg (2562KB)

Click here to view the clipKanya Ratna: Programme is about aspirations of three adolescent girls (age 9 - 10 years) coming from three different strata of the society. One is Dharmishtha, a girl living in a village, second is Purvi, a girl from an urban middle class family and the third is Shaily, a girl fom a upper middle class family. All the three girls express their feelings, experiences and ideas. It reflects the differences in culture. Question is asked that who will fulfil the ambitions of these  girls?
Click here to download the clip kanyaratna.mpg (3734KB)

Click here to view the clipA home of her own: This programme describes how a good house is important for a home based worker. A few workers are interviewed who have described how they feel about their house, what they expect and importance of house in their life. Introduction and working of Sewa bank is explained explicitly. It documents sewa’s housing programme through SEWA Bank and Mahila Housing Trust.
Click here to download the Clip a_home.mpg (3666KB)

Click here to view the clipI am Shakti: This programme is about women’s strength and capacity to lead the life successfully. It narrates the story of a self-employed woman Hiraben Nanjibhai Vaghela from Ahmedabad. It narrates how she developed her capabilities by participating in SEWA movement organised at SEWA Academy. It's an experience of a woman who is a construction worker, and how she joined sewa and transformed by Sewa academy’s training.
Click here to download the Clip i_am_shakti.mpg (1252KB)

Click here to view the clipA Journey from 7 Rs. To 4 lakhs: Programme is a success story of a woman named Nanuben who sells utensils in exchange of old clothes, renovates the old clothes, and sell them in Sunday market. She migrated to Ahmedabad with just seven rupees with her. The story desctibes how she developed her work with loans from SEWA Bank. Here, journey means how she reached to the bank balance of Rs.4 lakhs from just Rs.7. This video won the international recognition at the UN Women Conference in Beijing, China, in 1993.
Click here to download the Clip journey.mpg (2190KB)

Click here to view the clipSEWA Movement: Programme gives idea about Sewa’s work strategy and variety of services provided by Sewa. It documents SEWA ideology, strategies and different activities carried out. It explains the emergence of SEWA as an answer to the needs of poor women; the women’s movements, and the issues of self-employed among the labour movement. Viewers have admired its clarity and message. It also highlights sewa movement's contribution in improving sewa members life.
Click here to download the Clip movement.mpg (5068KB)

Click here to view the clipInvisible Hands: The programme describes a day in the life of Gauriben, an agriculture labourer from Bakutra village in Banaskantha district, Gujarat. It shows the hard work of many hours that she has to do almost everyday. This is a live illustration of a poor self-employed women. Contribution of women in households as well as in economy is emphasised, though it is invisible and non-recognised. Strength and advantages of organising are also highlighted.
Click here to download the Clip invisible_hands.mpg (1482KB)

Click here to view the clipTees Karod kahan hai?: This programme is appealing for organisation and unionisation for informal sector workers. The problems of exploitation, low wages, lack of facilities of medical and social security that they face are brought out. Thrust is given for the enactment of labour laws to safeguard the informal sector workers and to give them an opportunity to represent themselves in Indian economy. The views and opinions of leaders of various organisations also are presented here: Elaben bhatt from SEWA, Mistribhai of Disha and Advocate Raniben. This video was broadcasted by TV Channel — Delhi Doorshan, India in 1998.
Click here to download the Clip 30crores.mpg (1954KB)

Click here to view the clipBanas Craft: Banas craft is a selling outlet of items made by women artisans of Banaskantha and Kutch districts, in Ahmedabad city. This shop was started with a view to provide sustainable employment and returns for their work, to the rural, poor women workers of the Banaskantha and Kutch districts. This video highlights Banascraft's main objectives: FULL EMPLOYMENT AND SELF RELIANCE for the women artisans in above 2 districts. Different types of embroidery and craftwork are shown in this programme.
Click here to download the Clip banascraft.mpg (2886KB)

Click here to view the clipWomen proposes, Water disposes: Issues of water scarcity is raised in this programme. Socio-economic and health related repercussions of water scarcity is also described.
Click here to download the Clip women-water.mpg (2450KB)

Click here to view the clipOrganising for Change - Union and Cooperatives: SEWA members, The Self employed women have no regular salary nor do they enjoy any welfare benefits, they depend on their own labour and business. They do not have any fixed employer/employee relationship, thus are unprotected labour force depending on their labour for survival. They are poor, illiterate and vulnerable but extremely economically active. These vendors, homebased, manual labourers or service providers have no access to social security.

They started collecting together and organising into a group of like traders. First it was "Sabina" The Garment Stitchers. Next they joined hands for their savings and collectively invested in share funding which gave them an idea of their own bank and thus started Sewa Bank. The street vendors who had no specific place to do their business joined together to get their license and a fix place to do business. By organising they are no longer exploited but are their own decision makers, owners, users and managers of their own organisation.
Click here to download the Clip organising_for_change.mpg (1428KB)


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