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Student workshop films premier at MIFF 2016

Student films from Ryan TV and made- for- National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) by  Xavier Institute of Communications(XIC) Whistling Woods International, and the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technologyis
participated in the ongoing 14th Mumbai International Film Festival(MIFF)-2016, the latter  with a number of unique and
innovative student films in a special package titled 'Documenting Rural India's Real Heroes' . Ryan TV is a media activity of  Ryan International and Ryan Global Schools, India's largest privately owned network of K12 schools.
Addressing the theme of 'celebrating development documentaries',  MIFF
2016  identified as many as 100 development documentaries made by
design and communications students, which were shown at MIFF, in a
special category named  ‘Rural India’ in partnership with NABARD,
India's premier institution devoted to agriculture and rural
Rural India has been captured,discussed and analysed by film students
from XIC, Whistling Woods and Srishti School, all
from Mumbai. The students, who are aspiring film makers,  shot
various developmental projects, which NABARD has undertaken in several
villages across  India. A NABARD spokesperson said, " these projects
have changed the lives of the rural populace and empowered them in
many  ways."
"Be it watershed development for better farming or a super market to
produce and sell local agriculture produce, these are the 'life
changing' stories connecting Rural India' with an 'Urban India'. "
Through  these narratives and visual experiences, urban youth will get
acquainted with the real face of the 'Rural India'. These
documentaries will,hopefully, be a bridge to connect both the
Rural India's Real Heroes'  package were screened 30th January,at  Films Division,Mumbai.Also.screened at the same venue on day one were as many as 29 student shorts courtesy Ryan TV spotlighting a range of issues from from noise pollution, blood donation and honking in theh street  dyslexia,car pooling ( 40 seconds )water  conservation,child nutrition and global warming ( 1 minute each ) to noise pollution which at 2min.33 secs was the longest.The NABARD student  films were of longer duration, between 4 and 6 minutes each.