Jeevika is a search for documentaries that focus
on legal and regulatory restrictions as well as socio-cultural norms
and religious practices that prevent or constrain people from earning an honest livelihood in the vocation of their choice. Jeevika is part of an attempt to bring to focus our policies which have liberalised the sectors from which the
middle classes earn their livelihood, but still keep the entry-level professions under licence raj, thus keeping a nation under imposed poverty.
Livelihood is a common cause that touches all other issues including poverty, human rights, governance, labour welfare, tribal rights, minority rights, women's empowerment, health, globalization, privatisation, environment, rural livelihoods, agriculture, hunger…
The Centre for Civil Society organizes Jeevika with multiple objectives in mind.
• To take stock of films already made on livelihood issues
• To encourage established filmmakers and particularly the youth to find interest in livelihood issues and make documentaries on them
• To provide them a platform to maximise the impact of their documentaries
CCS adopts an independent, transparent and rigorous screening process for selection of the entries. There is a two-tier evaluation process for the competition. The Screening Committee short-lists the top 15-20 films. The Jury selects the top three winners and the Best Student Film from these shortlisted films. The identity of the evaluation committee is disclosed only after the evaluation process is completed. The Screening Committee comprises five members of whom three are alumni of film institutes nominated by their faculty. Five professionals from diverse fields such as academics, film, development sector, and media create a Jury with distinct perspectives.
Given the need of funding, Jeevika provides financial support to one or more of the directors of the short-listed entries for a future film project on a related issue of livelihood.
• To maximize the impact of the Jeevika documentaries, CCS disseminates copies of the winning films to educational institutes and development organisations all across South Asia.
• Jeevika films have been traveling to various cities of Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Los Angeles apart from Delhi.