Saturday, December 05, 2009

Film 'Ek Cup Chya' brings RTI awareness at Goa festival

A law enacted by Indian parliament that gives its citizens the right to access government records is the subject of a new film screened at the International Film Festival of India, currently underway in the tourist state of Goa. "Ek Cup Chya" (A Cup of Tea), tells the story of Tukaram Sawant, a bus conductor who questions authorities using the Right to Information Act and its provisions when he is slammed with a huge electric bill. "India is a faceless democracy. RTI has the ability to change that, and that is what we wanted to show in the film," national award winner Sumitra Bhave, one of the directors of the film, told Reuters. "We chose to tell this story through the eyes of this family, which is like scores of others in our country."
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