Saturday, 17 March 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Velvet Revolution

British Council invites you to the screening of award winning documentary film Velvet Revolution, produced by International Association of Women in Radio and Television

This screening will be followed by an interaction with Nupur Basu, film’s Executive Producer and Director.

Duration: 57 minutes. English subtitles. English commentary

Open for all and entry is free. Click here to RSVP.


In this exciting collaborative film – Velvet Revolution - six women directors take their lens up-close to Women Making News. In a world riven with conflict and dictatorial regimes where journalists are constantly under threat of both, state and non - state actors, what drives these women journalists to do their jobs?

“I did not want to be a war correspondent... but the war came to my door-step” says award-winning Syrian journalist, Zaina Erhaim, now living in exile in southern Turkey.

“The President is wrong when he says that journalists are being killed because they are corrupt- who corrupts whom… who holds the power to corrupt?” asks Kimberlie Ngabit Quitasol, a young woman journalist from Philippines.

“I could not leave my co-warriors in the middle of the battlefield” says Bonya Ahmed, the wife of slain Bangladesh blogger, Avijit Roy and the Editor of Muktomona, in her first ever documentary interview.

The documentary profiles women journalists who have paid a high price for speaking truth to power.

Awards and recognitions for Velvet Revolution

Velvet Revolution received the best documentary in the feature length segment at the World Kashmir Film Festival held in Srinagar in July, 2017. It was screened in international competition at the MIFF in January, 2018 and at the 10th International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Thiruvananthapuram in June, 2017. In March,2017 the documentary premiered at the IAWRT Asian Women’s film festival in Delhi.  

It has also been screened at the UNHQ in New York on Nov 2 , UNESCO’s  International Day to End impunity on cruelty against journalists. It has been screened at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Amnesty International International Secretariat in London.  There have been screenings in Kathmandu, Kenya, Manila, Oslo, Montreal, New York and in India the documentary has had multi - venue screenings in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Delhi, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut and Chennai.

Velvet Revolution’s trailer can be viewed at

Nupur Basu is an independent journalist, an award - winning documentary film maker and media educator from India. For the last three decades Nupur has worked in both print and television journalism and reported and filmed documentaries from different regions in the world like UK, Uganda, Switzerland, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and extensively in India .

Formerly a Senior Editor with India's leading channel- New Delhi Television – (NDTV) Nupur has also made several documentaries produced by the UK based Television Trust for Environment (TVE) which include the award winning Dry Days in Dobbagunta, Lost Generations, No Country for Young Girls? These documentaries were telecast on BBC World. Another documentary she directed was the 57 minute Michael Jackson Comes to Manikganj, a bi-media project supported by University of Sussex and Ford Foundation. She was also the country director for the India segment on IAWRT's long documentary on climate change - Hands On.

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