This documentary is my baby – my big baby. I now worked 1 1/2 years on it and counting. The work on the actual film is done, but there’s more to do: Website, promotion, press releases, creating posters, flyers, booking screenings and a big tour.
For now I did everything on my own, everything on the documentary and all around it. As it grows and grows, I want to give you an update on all the work I put into.
The website had to be simple but with all the information for users, press and professionals. I chose to set up a homepage with an overview to give the users an idea what is happening on the website and to navigate them easily through the different sites:
Visit www.womensvoiceindia.com for yourself.
Logo, posters and flyers
I wanted to capture the colourful side of India with the logo and chose two dominant colours of India, orange and yellow.
The posters and flyers should be plain and user friendly. The picture of the two women driving in a bus, looking out of the window seemed for me as the best fitting shot for the documentary.
What I want to show is that this country is going through a lot of changes. It will take time until it all will be good, but it’s going forward. Those women in the bus are looking concentrated into the future, seeing that it will take time and will be exhausting, but it’s goign forward.
I wanted to engage the community more with the documentary and everything that’s happening around it. So I established some quotes posts to share on Facebook and Instagram. Most of them worked quite good as they look professional but still authentic.
Here is the official trailer, released in January 2019
And this is a second video and small snippet out of the documentary. ‚How do you feel as a women living in India?‘
Some pictures from the set, the protagonists and from shootings on the streets of India.
‚India lives in many times at the same time. And so are Indian women’ says Vatsala, a journalist from Bangalore and opens the documentary WOMEN’S VOICE – INDIA’S CHOICE by Shammi Singh. And this quote says more about this vast, chaotic and growing country than all of the statistics and news stories that reach us about India in the West.
This huge contrasts between old traditions and Western modernizations, religion and digitalization, rural and urban, men and women makes India what it is now: a super fast developing country with an immense cultural superstructure which affects everyone’s lives.
Shammi Singh is looking for answers to these questions but found so much more. He searches for ‚the image of women‘ in India, wants to know who they are, let them tell their stories and opinions. To capture a more holistic view and to listen to them without prejudice.
In the documentary Singh also tries to carve out more factors which enable independency for women such as education, economics and urbanity. In conversations with different NGOs all around India, the viewer furthermore gets more insights on how the organizations try to help women in need.
This all gives us another piece of the puzzle to actually really understand what’s going on in the country and especially with the Indian women.