It has been a year since ‘Yaadhum’, my documentary film, which celebrates the diversity within the Tamil, Indian and Islamic world was released. It has won appreciation, accolades and good Press reviews. (http://yaadhum.com/press/). It is being shown in Universities, Museums like the Aga Khan Museum at Toronto, Canada and by many organizations keen about not just our history but also interested in continuing the tradition of the shared heritage.
While I am happy about the film being celebrated, I am troubled that all that I have got in return is just words of appreciation from the liberals. That can’t take work like this far. As you are all aware it took me four years of shooting, and bulk of it being reshot in HD cost me a fortune, close to 15 lakhs, not including the time spent. The film had no sponsors. Unfortunately after one year of the film doing the rounds, I am yet to recover even half the money spent. As there are two more parts to make, and if I am struggling to make money I invested for the first part, it makes my journey difficult.
We all agree that this film is very important in these times when attempts are being made to polarize communities by various religious fundamentalists. However if voices like mine are to be heard it can’t happen without the financial support from you and friends or organizations associated with you.
I am not asking it for free. You can support this by buying the DVD, gifting them to friends (Rs 5,000/- for a pack of 10 DVD’s or Rs 10,000/- for a pack of 20 DVD’s for those in India) or if you belong to an institution, buy it at an institutional rate (Rs 6,000/-).by going to the shopping cart. If you are outside India, please recommend your institution to buy it. You can also recommend it to your friends concerned with these issues. Your support will go a long way in ensuring that the journey continues and liberals are not passive supporters.
I have given below the Bank details.
Name: MEDIA KOMBAI
Current Account No: 035005004860
Branch: Adyar, Chennai – 600 020, India
IFSC Code: ICIC0000350
SWIFT Code: ICICINBBCTS
Flat 5-B, Owner’s Court
Chennai 600 008, India