Tenth International Documentary and Short Film festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) had some interesting short films and documentaries lined up for the entertainment of film aficionados and general spectators alike. But one documentary which struck a chord with a number of readers who grew up in the 80s and 90s reading up on books published by Kali for Women was The Books We Made.
Conceptualised by Anupama Chandra and Uma Tanuku, The Books We Made rekindles the fire which drove two women to start what was arguably India’s first feminist publishing house. The 68-minute documentary features Urvashi Butalia; starting with a shot of her house and then moving on to how she, along with co-founder Ritu Menon started the feminist publishing outfit. The documentary also showcases various other women, drawing inspiration and insight from their interesting lives
The Books We Made was screened in the Competition: Long Documentary category on the second day of IDSFFK, which was held from June 16-20, 2017, at the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. The festival is organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy for the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala as part of its endeavour to catalyse a vibrant documentary and short film movement.

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