The Book, Documentary,Reading Club of the Psychology Department of Lady Shri Ram College For Women organised a movie screening on the 1st of October, 2015 during Special Assembly & Lunch (11:30 am-1:15 pm) in The Lower Seminar Room. The seminar room was filled with students, most of them belonging to the Psychology department.

A documentary named “Children of The Pyre” was screened.The film documents the stories of seven children who cremate dead bodies and steal cremation shrouds at India’s largest crematorium, Manikarnika Ghat, on the banks of the Ganges, in the city of Banaras. The students keenly watched the movie in dead silence, shaken by the atrocities in the lives of the little children at the cremation grounds.

After the screening of the documentary, the audience was joined by the director of the movie – Mr. Rajesh Jala. He was warmly welcomed by Dr.Megha Dhillon, the Association Incharge of the department and the Department Union. And introduced to the audience by his work and achievements by Shweta, the head of the BDR Club.

This was followed by a dialogue with Mr. Rajesh Jala regarding the movie. The students from the audience appreciated the movie and complimented him for such an amazing insight. He shared his experiences of making of the movie and being so close to the lives of those children in answering the several questions asked by the audience. The students were keenly interested in what made him choose the lives of such children to base the movie on,  what were the challenges he came across during the movie making and what inspired him to keep going. They were eagerly interested to listen to his journey and first hand experiences of making the movie. A couple of students from the audience who are from Varanasi, where the movie has been shot, shared their views and  appreciated the movie. They said how well they could connect to the ghats, but now they have a clearer picture of the lives of people living there and how the movie has given them an entirely different insight and an empathising ability. Mr. Rajesh also shared the present lives of those children. And how they are being educated and doing well in a school in Varanasi.

Towards the end, Dr. Megha Dhillon thanked Mr. Rajesh Jala by presenting him  with a token of love and a card. And also complimented him for the marvellous job he is doing by making such movies and bringing changes in the lives of such children. He was heartly thanked for his presence.  The audience was thanked too attending the event.

Reported By: Sana Jamal

Photo Credits: Mahima Ramnani

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