‘The Vanni’ by Benjamin Dix

‘The Vanni’ is a graphic novel set in Sri Lanka, India and the UK and follows the story of a fictional Tamil family living in a fishing village in Sri Lanka. The story starts in 2004 following the Tsunami and takes us through to the following conflict and then life for the family surviving as refugees.

The concept comes from Bejamin Dix, a former UN staff member who spent 4 years living in Sri Lanka until 2008 when all NGO’s were asked to leave Sri Lanka. He has teamed up with illustrator Lindsay Pollack. The story and images are based on his real life experiences of living and working with communities after the Tsunami and as refugees.

The graphic novel is still in production, but you can see an interactive preview on their website.

http://www.thevanni.co.uk/

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Review of ‘Tanko Bole Chhe’ – The Stitch Speaks by Nina Sabnani

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I saw this beautifully crafted film at the Animated Realities conference in Edinburgh in 2011. The film animates a traditional sewing and textiles technique developed by the Kutch community, who are from a coastal region in Ahmedabad, India and has for a long time inspired fashion and textiles all over the world.

Here is a link to a review of the film following the latest in a long line of awards the film has received  We will keep an out out for an online release of the film and if anyone knows where we can link to the film online, please do get in touch.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-10/ahmedabad/39168012_1_sundance-film-festival-world-heritage-week-heritage-textiles

“Ek Anek Aur Ekta” by Vijaya Mulay

Here, a glimpse into government-sponsored short films of 1980s India. Doordarshan, the national broadcaster, regularly screened this popular film for kids. The title translates directly as “one, many and unity” and the film is designed to spread the message of unity in diversity among children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8DZUKQClvc

Director Vijaya Mulay, now 91, reveals something of the commissioning process in this interview:

http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/18/the-cartoon-that-taught-indians-the-meaning-of-many/