“What we encountered and as we interacted and shot brought tears to our eyes. As we sat together editing, there were many a times when we were overcome by emotion of what we had witnessed and learned ... And I will never forget how we all sat in silence and played Bob Dylan's song ' blowing in the wind ' wondering how cruel life can be sometimes. This moment brought us so close together, I know our hearts were touched deeply and we had changed”
Samir Karnik, an ex-banker and environmental consultant and his team unveiled a new perspective towards ‘Combating AIDS/HIV’ by making YES! i am the CHANGE social film on children born with HIV. The film profiles the work done by St. Catherine’s Home, a NGO in Mumbai, to provide care and shelter to homeless children/girls born HIV positive. They were in full admiration of the spirit and task undertaken by the Sisters to combat HIV.
Post the filmmaking challenge, the team made a 15 minute version of the film pro-bono which is used by the home for awareness generation and resource mobilisation. Samir and team have been ambassadors for the home and regularly volunteer there. The ripples of transformation were not limited to the participants but their friends and family have also got involved with the cause.