Audio Visuals in English

Relearning From Reality

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(English, VCD, 24 mins)

In March 2004, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) in collaboration with the Karl Kubel Foundation, Germany and the International Foundation for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), Italy organized an Exposure and Dialogue Programme (EDP).

Water Gives Life

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(English, VCD, 23 mins)

Water gives Life is an attempt to understand the importance of natural resource management through Watershed Development for creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for poverty alleviation.

This film focuses on the importance of community participation in resource conservation and management, since it is the concerned community, which is in constant interaction with their environment. The ownership of the project by these stakeholders is a precondition for its success and sustainability. The film also looks into the principles of the watershed management and its impacts.

The Silent Unfolding

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(English, DVD, 20 mins)

In 1996, a weary, drought ravaged Darewadi, turned towards Watershed Development as a last resort. They had not much to lose, for they had lost nearly everything to the devastating drought which had an extended stay in that region.The Watershed Development project implemented by the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) Ahmednagar was completed by 2002. Since then Darewadi has never looked back. WOTR has a few hundred successful Darewadis in its ever growing portfolio of projects. Projects which aim at eradicating rural poverty by regenerating the environment and addressing developmental issues in rural areas in a professional, no-nonsense approach.

The Story of Painting

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(English, DVD, 14 mins)

The Story of Painting is a docu-drama has been filmed in Naralewadi (Dist. Jalna, Maharashtra) where WOTR has implemented Renewable Energy based technologies such as biogas plants, solar LEDs, etc. The intervention was made to stop traditional fuel consumption in the village (fuel wood, kerosene lamp, cow dung, etc.) which has been adversely affecting the health of the inhabitants and their ecosystem. The impact and the transformation following this project have been brought out in this film through Rama’s painting.

Khadkipada: A tale of development; an account of transformation

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(English, VCD, 24 mins)

This is the story of a village, Khadkipada, and its the journey from darkness towards the light.

Distress migration, indebtedness to money-lenders, ill health and illiteracy was a way of life. All seemed hopeless! The scenario changes with a self help effort facilitated by WOTR Caring for the land that they once exploited suddenly brings in the returns. The well water level rises, land becomes more productive, horticulture is introduced and there is a reason to stop the migration. Women too find a space to come together meaningfully. Now they see a ray of hope!

Kholvihir: A Green Transition

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(English, VCD, 27 mins)

Impact of Watershed work on Kholvihir village have been very heartening. Facts for year 2000 (pre-watershed) and 2006 (post-watershed) reveal some great facts: Water tables increased by 13 feet from surface. Farmers began to get two and sometimes three (irrigated) crops where earlier they used to get only one (rainfed) crop. Distress migration reduced drastically. Women’s SHGs addressing small needs oust thriving money-lenders. Dramatic inrease in school attendance by children. Potable tap water in each house.


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(English, VCD, 18 mins)

Obstruct the soil and let water seep in was the slogan to revive the environment. Multiple cropping was now possible for the farmer due to the improvement in agriculture. There was an increase in well water level where water is now sufficient throughout the year. Farmers are using this water judiciously. Since labour is now available in the village villagers are not migrating to other villages for sugarcane cutting. School going children are not deprived of their education. The percentage of school attendance is now increased. Pangra village is now showing development in all aspects like health, education and cleanliness. Environment and next generation is getting a rejuvenating lift.


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(English, VCD, 12 mins)


Tamkadwadi is a village which lies in the mountainous region in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. Initially this village was recognized as a drought prone area with huge water shortage. The villagers had to depend on tankers for drinking water for 4 to 5 months a year.The watershed development program has helped the villagers improve their financial condition. Availability of sufficient water in the wells, increase in the agriculture yield, formation of self help groups (SHGs) help deal with  their financial problems and the well fed fields personify peace and harmony in the village

Sowing Seeds Of Empowerment

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(English, VCD, 24 mins)

Sowing Seeds of Empowerment is a film is based in Nandurbar and Dhule region, famous for its red chillies; it is a district with highest tribal population in Maharashtra. WOTR’s sister concern Sampada works along with the women here to encourage their savings. The women self help group (SHGs) procure and distribute seeds to the women. A kitchen garden in the backyard is the key to self reliance, saving as well as nutrition and health. Women tasted self reliance. Women in Runmali were divided along caste lines.