Photini VrikkiResearch Fellow in Digital Humanities
CRCI was founded in 1996 by conservation architect Gurmeet S. Rai. Their vision is to preserve and promote India’s cultural heritage with active community participation. One of CRCI’s early projects was a comprehensive listing of historic buildings and sites across the state of Punjab.
CRCI consistently tries to harmonize the imperatives of heritage conservation with the historic and current realities of the site. Towards this end, they work in participation with communities to develop appropriate strategies for conservation in both rural and urban areas.
CRCI follows an interdisciplinary method and works in close association with environmental, financial and urban planners, as well as social scientists to bridge the gap between heritage conservation and development concerns.
CRCI has extensive experience working in partnership with local, national and global institutions ranging from panchayats, district administrations and municipal corporations, to national and international bodies like ASI, INTACH, UNESCO and UNDP.
Nadeem AslamPhD student
Daisy HasanProject Manager
Filmlab PalestineCommunity Partner
Founded in 2014, Filmlab: Palestine’s establishment as an organization was inspired by the personal experience of its founders in empowering Palestinian youth in refugee camps in Jordan. Realising that this experience introduced young practitioners to the art of filmmaking as a creative and unconventional method to tell their own personal narratives, Filmlab: Palestine was established to further document the collective Palestinian memory as well as the unique individual voices of Palestinians within the occupied territories and abroad. Their aim is to expand and cultivate the existing cinema culture within Palestine, while providing the much-needed technical and artistic support for emerging Palestinian filmmaking voices.
At Filmlab, they believe in the power of films in society, as they perceive cinema as an important cultural and educational tool can both boost and elevate culture within society. Moreover, cinema plays an important role in forming society’s values, habits, arts, and economy, and can be used as a means for cultural guidance and enlightenment, documenting narratives, and preserving collective memory.
With the slogan “it’s time to tell our stories”, Filmlab is eager to promote Cinema Culture as one of the most integral audio visual tools for the effective use of media, advertising, self-expression, entertainment, available to Palestinian Filmmakers as they tell their own stories, and put Palestine’s name on the map of international cinema.