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White Widow (Modern Slavery, Farmer Suicide and Agriculture Crisis in India)

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White Widows portrays the tough and disadvantaged life of Indian cotton farmers in their village Dhanoli located in the region of Vidarbha, well known as the epicentre of farmer suicide. 

Over past 20 years, due to serious distress in agriculture/rural India emerging from Environmental and Economic reasons, more than 300,000 farmers have committed suicide throughout India. Maharashtra has highest number of suicide by distressed farmers in India. From 2012 to April this year, a total of 3,145 farmers committed suicide in Vidarbha region. A recent analysis reveals just how deep despair runs in Vidarbha. In many cases, even a loan as small as Rs 10,000 was enough to push farmers over the edge to commit suicide.

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Films For Action is a library for people who want to change the world.

 

Our mission is to provide citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Films For Action was founded in 2006 by a few friends in Lawrence, Kansas, after realizing how essential healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

Over the last 15 years, we've reviewed and curated over 1,000 free documentaries and 4,000 short films, plus over 150 pay-per-view documentaries, spanning 34 topics related to changing the world.

During this time we've been able to reach tens of millions of people - not by owning a TV network or spending truckloads of cash on advertising, but because millions of awesome people keep sharing 'films for action' with their friends on social media - in particular, our 850,000 supporters on Facebook and 70,000 site members. 

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To thank our $5/mo patrons, we partner with filmmakers and distributors to provide free access to a growing number of films that are normally pay-per-view. With just 20 highly curated films at the moment, it's basically a very, very tiny Netflix for world changers, but its main function is to support the library as a whole.

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