The film DIVI SEEMA explains the work of the Divi Seema Foundation, a UK registered charity, operating in two areas of the state of Andhra Pradesh, south India. The film shows how labourers and other marginalized people cope with their lives in difficult circumstances in two areas.  The first area, Divi Seema, on the east coast at the tip of the Krishna delta has an economy dependent on wild swings in climatic variability.  The second area focuses on urban poverty in Kottur, a poor inland area in the north of the state with a dry climate and little irrigation. 

The film has been made to raise money so that the projects can continue to expand. It features landless labourers and savings groups in Divi Seema and Kottur. 

 Peter Winchester

Peter Winchester

A camerawoman and Peter Winchester shot the film over three weeks in January 2014; The first ten days they stayed with a community of Catholic sisters in Divi Seema and went around by auto scooter with shooting entirely governed by the events in the agricultural calendar: in January two cropping seasons overlap and  there was also the Hindu festival, Pongal, which lasts three days. Later they spent four days with another community of sisters at Kottur. 

Nicki - our camerawoman