Due to its focus on social change, most of MLF’s productions are carried out in close interaction with, and participation of, grassroot organisations. As much as possible, MLF tries to produce documentaries on issues of social justice with partners who are working with the issues. This is because MLF believes that the primary users of the such films are the people who are working for change at the grassroots. Simultaneously, MLF also produces documentaries for television on subjects that are educational and of interest to a general audience.
MLF uses these films extensively. All of MLF’s films have been screened to a wide range of audience in India and the world, from grassroots communities, activists, students, television, as well as in reputed documentary film festivals, both within the country and worldwide. Screening, we feel, helps to raise, extend and enlarge the scope of the debates on issues that the documentaries present.
Over the years, some of MLF’s films have been selected by film festivals and some have won some modest awards too.
In 1999, Imagine Kalpana received a Special Mention at the International Association of Women in Radio and TelevisionI festival (lAWRT). The film was also screened on Doordarshan in 1997, on the occasion of the 50th year of India’s independence.
In the same year, A Journey Together won the Second Prize for the Over 40 minutes category at the New Delhi Video Festival.
Beyond Monarchs and Merchants: A Space for Public Television won the Silver Award at the WorldFest Houston in 2003 in the Public Service category of the Film and Video Production section.
Goa Under Siege has participated in a number of reputed film festivals like Ökomedia, Mumbai International Film Festival, Film South Asia and the Nord-Sud Festival.
The Story Tellers was screened at the Film South Asia, Kathmandu, in 2004.
More recently, Rehana: A Quest for Freedom participated in Signs 2007, Kerala, Media Nord Sud, Geneva (2007), Mumbai International Film Festival 2008, Bollywood and Beyond Film Festival, Stuttgart (2008) and has been selected for the Indian Panorama (2008).