Students from the department of Social Communications Media (SCM) at Sophia Polytechnic College are earning laurels for academic excellence, albiet en masse. In fact, 40 girls from the 2006-07 batch have received three awards for their video films and their project on photography.
Mom N Dad, a documentary based on a student’s personal life, bagged the TV 18 Award for the best documentary film worth Rs50,000. A thought-provoking effort, the documentary explored the life of a girl with hearing-impaired parents. “The film is based on the life of one of our classmates. Hers was a different story and we all thought that this was the unique theme we want to work on,” said Naina Panemanglor, director of Mom N Dad.
Of the other documentaries which were showcased on Thursday, D for Didi proved to be a well-researched effort. A documentary about volunteering in Akanksha, an organisation that educates street children, it made a powerful impact on the audience. The film showcased college students teaching underprivileged children – especially children from the Navy Nagar slums who were seen spouting English. Anagha Rajadhyaksha, one of the students involved in the film, said, “Our aim was to encourage people to become volunteers and help the NGO.”
Besides the films, a unique exhibition of photographs showcased their latent talent. Tejal Pandey, the student who won the best photographer award, attributed her success to her professors. “The expertise with which we were taught photography helped me improve my point of view,” said Pandey. Ten of her photographs were selected for the exhibition.
Best photograph award was bagged by Dimple Sharma. The girls from SCM added another feather in their cap with the excellence in journalism award. The film screenings and an exhibition of their photographs and social awareness campaigns will be on till February 25.