Resilient Women (7 min) - 2010


Women become change makers after 5 years of Tsunami


The film explores how imaginative, meaningful and long-term interventions can change the lives of women and community in disaster affected areas. The film follows the journey of women to rebuild their habitats and livelihoods in the five years of post tsunami in Cuddalore and Nagapattinam two of the worst affected districts in Tamilnadu. It showcases how these resilient women overcome their socio-economic and physical vulnerabilities to contribute to the overall development of their communities and become better prepared for any future disaster.


Directed by: Sunil Kupperi | Produced by SwayamShikshanPrayog | Supported by GROOTS International


Small Opportunities, Big Changes (5 min) - 2007


This film illustrates how SSP played an important role in assigning women’s Self Help Groups, by making them co-partners in the post-disaster rehabilitation program. These empowered women have been facilitating initiatives in village development, health, education, water and hygiene.  SSP has been instrumental, in empowering needy, poor and underprivileged women and people, in joining mainstream of development. Its work has also proved that, empowering women leads to an empowered society. All these villages are shining examples of people oriented projects, with active participation of different institutions/organizations and the government. SSP is moving ahead, with an abiding faith in the fact that, equity /share in development rightfully belongs to these villages, its women and people.


Directed by: Vineet Karat | Produced by SwayamShikshanPrayog | Supported by the Groots International


From chaos to creativity (15 min) - 2004


GROOTS International


Produced by the Groots International Network, this 15-minute film features footage from three member groups in India, and Honduras who supported women and their communities to organize and rebuild their lives following devastating natural disasters. Viewers learn here how women acted to redirect relief aid, secure food and shelter, combat corruption, and later organize themselves to run community women and children centers and income generating activities following earthquakes and hurricanes.  


Women community leaders describe the wide gap between the real needs of poverty-affected families and the official response of governments. This included flawed housing programs and the neglect of basic services. The film describes how women were inspired to create collective initiatives to secure their families' basic needs. 


Assessing their gains and losses, community members articulate why future disaster interventions must involve (not marginalize) affected citizens in planning and implementing community recovery and development. Most important, it showcases how grassroots women must play to anchor disaster response -a central message of the film.


Contributions from:


Comite De EmergenciaGarifuna, Honduras | Foundation for Support of Women's Work, Turkey | SwayamShikshanPrayog, India


'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' India 2008, Finalist PremaGopalan


Khemka Foundation


This 1.25 minute film features how convinced that economic resilience is an integral part of disaster mitigation.  PremaGopalan is encouraging women in disaster affected areas to become entrepreneurs. More than 60,000 women have been organised in women’s collectives. They have been provided skill training and insights into market linkages and access to capital.  Business savvy, these women are proving to be ideal partners for corporations who wish to be business in rural markets. 


Supported by GROOTS International


Small Steps, Big Leaps (15 min) - 2006


The capture from grassroots women / communities eye the view on what are changes in their lives through the holistic intervention that empowered women and engendered local institutions work to sensitize and mobilize different development actors, especially the rural community to make governance more responsive to priorities of women and communities


Directed by Mukta Rajadhyakshya | Produced by SwayamShikshanPrayog | Supported by German Development Corporation – GTZ and Ford Foundation.



Our Life, Our Film (25 min) - 2003


Directed by eight grassroots women belonging to quake-ravaged villages of Kutch in Gujarat. This unique visual narrative walks the road with women and children in their struggle


to rebuild their lives. This film had screened in rural Gujarat, the media in Delhi and Mumbai and other parts of the country got a good review on the theme and the treatment.


Produced by SwayamShikshanPrayog, India | Supported by Citigroup India; Huairou Commission; Groots International