A film by Munmun Dhalaria

Hindi with English subtitles, 30 Mins, 2016

School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India


In 2014, The Malki Initiative started a conversation on maternal healthcare for the tribal mothers of Chamarajanagar, Karnataka. A participatory action research was conducted, which brought together VGKK, community representatives, the district health team and public health researchers.
This film tells the story of a healthcare crisis prevalent in indigenous women of the Soliga community in Southern Karnataka, India. Madevi, a Soliga woman leader and community coordinator for this WHO research, highlights the problems faced by many pregnant mothers. Tara, binds together all these narratives as she navigates through various government health systems for her own pregnancy. Together, these two women represent two generations of Soliga mothers, facing very similar problems in accessing maternal healthcare, but hoping for a better future for themselves and their daughters.


Script, Direction, Camera, Editing: Munmun Dhalaria 
Commissioning editors: K.P. Jayasankar , Anjali Monteiro
Location sound recording and Translation: Aditi Sivaraman
Sound Post Production: Shoumik Biswas
Graphic Design: Deekshith
Poster Design: Reshidev
Interview Translations: Crescendo Trascriptions
Fellowship Coordination: Nikhil Titus, Barsha Dey, Sonal Gajaria
In collaboration with The Malki Initiative

Supported by the SMCS-MNF Fellowship