‘ಪೆಹ್ಲೀ ಆವಾಜ್’ – ಇದು ಒಂದು ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ ಕತೆ. ಛತ್ತೀಸ್ ಘಡ್ ನ ಒಂದು ಗಣಿಕಾರಿಕೆಯ ಹಳ್ಳಿಯ ಹೆಸರು– ದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ರಾ.
ಆ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಗೊಂದು ಹೆಸರೂ ಇದೆ, ಅದು ಹುತಾತ್ಮರ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆ.
ಆ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಗೊಂದು ವಿಶೇಷತೆಯೂ ಇದೆ, ಏನೂ ಅಂತೀರಾ?
ಇದು ಆ ಊರಿನ ಗಣಿಕೆಲಸದವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಶ್ರಮ, ಬೆವರು, ಹಣ ಎಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿಸಿ ಸಾಮೂಹಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ಸಾಂಘಿಕ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನದಿಂದ ಕಟ್ಟಿದ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆ.
ಆ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದು ಸಾಕ್ಷ್ಯಚಿತ್ರ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನವಿದೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಜನಾರೋಗ್ಯ ಚಳುವಳಿ ಈ ಸಾಕ್ಷ್ಯಚಿತ್ರದ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನವನ್ನು ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ.
About the film
Pehli Awaaz evocatively pieces together the birth of a remarkable hospital in the mining township of Dalli-Rajhara in Chattisgarh known as Shahid (Martyrs) Hospital. Simmering anger against routine discrimination of daily wage mine workers by the BSP hospital comes to a head with the death of a fellow worker in child birth. Spurred by a determination to assert their autonomy the mine workers contribute voluntary labor, funds and literally build the hospital brick by brick. The hospital today provides modern health care to workers, adivasis and the poor and bears testimony to the immense possibilities when ordinary people come together in extraordinary ways.
Pehli Awaaz reflects on the idea of how health and heath care can be demystified and ‘de-expertized’ to move towards people-owned health care system. It offers insights into what a people–led health system will look like, where principles of equality and non-discrimination applies not only to patients seeking care but to the those providing care; where contributions of all levels of staff and care –providers are equally valued and respected. Pehli Awaaz compels us to engage on health and health care issues within the democratic constitutional framework where people take centre-stage not as passive beneficiaries but as active citizens taking the lead to decide in their best interests.
About the film maker
Ajay is a filmmaker and a human rights activist. Currently, he is the Joint Secretary for the Chhattisgarh People’s Union for Civil Liberties. He has also been working as research assistant to social anthropologists on projects related to industrialisation, artisans, caste and labour. Between 1999 and 2002, Ajay was trained in all aspects of film production at the European Union-sponsored film training Diploma course in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. Ajay’s film Living Memory was screened at the South Asian Documentaries and Films Festival, King’s College, and the Cambridge South Asia Forum, Cambridge, UK, 2003. He is also a photographer- his photo-exhibition, Potters in Chhattisgarh was hosted at Shepherd’s Bush Public Library and Hammersmith Public Library, London.
Supporting Sanghatans and groups: Earthworms View Collective, Safai Karmachari Kavalu Samiti, Swaraj Abhiyan Karnataka, Sangama, Slum Janandolana, Swaraj Sanghatane, Manthan Law, FEDINA, Alternative Law Forum,Garment and textile workers union,and Karnataka Janashakthi