Across The Tracks

  • Isabelle Povey (Neill)
  • Oscar Mackenzie
Radha Verma, determined to protect her daughter after she narrowly escapes a physical attack, builds one of the first toilets in Rakhi Mandi slum, home to 3,500 people in one of India’s largest cities – Kanpur.
The film shows how Radha Verma has made this happen with the support of others in and around the community. We meet charismatic “super-gran” Kalavati and passionate community leader, Laddan. With support from WaterAid’s local partner, Shramik Bharti, they educate, inspire and motivate others to build their own low-cost toilets.
With support from WaterAid’s local partner, Sharmik Bharti, and the HSBC Water Programme.
To find out more about the project and sanitation in India explore our multimedia story:
Award nominations
Social Impact Media Awards – Impact Video Category – February 2016 TVE Global Sustainability Film Awards – WaterAid & HSBC NOW edit, Winner, Community Investment and Best overall film – London – November 2015 WeThePeoples Film Festival – Winner, Best Development Film – London – November 2015 BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015 – York – November 2015 Open City Documentary Festival 2015 official selection – shortlisted for Best UK short award – June 2015 Rankin/Hunger TV and Docheads short film competition 2015 shortlist – February 2015
Sidcot Arts Centre – Bristol – January 2016 We The Peoples Film Festival screening and Q&A – November 2015 – London The Shit Show – New York – November 2015 Woodpecker Film Festival – Delhi – September 2015 Canary Wharf big summer screen – London – August 2015 Bristol big screen – Millennium Square – July 2015 Docheads screening – London – April 2015
My role
Assistant producer to Catherine Rose, working on the project from idea development and organisation, self-shooting film and photo on the shoot through to assisting on the edit and creating the multimedia Shorthand piece.


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