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Free and Compulsory by Malati Rao

Filmed inside municipal schools in Pune, Maharashtra, through a series of classroom sessions, mid-day meals and teacher-student interactions, the Documentary reveals what goes on inside our schools.

Malati Rao has directed, written and produced fiction and documentary films. She is the recipient of the Margaret McNamara Award from the World Bank family network for her thesis film. She holds an MFA degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Philadelphia, and an MA in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Malati has taught graduate courses in film and screenwriting in India and the US.

  • Cinematography: Shanker Raman
  • Location Sound: Susmit Nath
  • Editing: Malati Rao
  • Music: Naren Chandavarkar
  • Project Partner: Films Division

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