A short documentary film titled ‘Radio Women of Patara’ on community radio and women empowerment, produced by students from Department of Communication, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, bagged the third prize in UNESCO-CEMCA (Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia) video competition, a press release stated.
The video, filmed by N.C. Fazil, Shawn Sebastian and Tejasvi Dantuluri, chronicles the endeavours of a tribal woman Ramvati from Madhya Pradesh and her journey in making community radio a tool of empowerment. The documentary is intended to be a reflection of similar work of women like her in the field of community radio across the country. Ramvati is associated with Radio Dhadkan 107.8FM, a community radio in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh.
She and other trained women record programmes about their village, livelihood, food etc in their local language in a recorder and broadcast it through FM radio, the students said. The film also charts the journey of the women who take recorded programmes and travel to remote villages where the radio does not reach.
Started in 2009, the community radio, with a reach of 51 adjoining villages, focuses mainly on the local tribe called Saharia. “Ramvati is one among the many tribal women associated with the radio station, who produce and broadcast programmes on their own. The lives of women like Ramvati shows us that community radio is bringing significant changes in the lives of many, the students said. The video can be watched on http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=NVBPI6seP9g
The film on community radio and women empowerment won the third prize in UNESCO-CEMCA video competition