Graphic novels inspire silver screen storytelling

In the last decade cinema-goers have been hit with remakes of basically all the superheroes. There’s been Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, X men . . . the list goes on. Hollywood has also turned to the darker graphic novels. Turning Frank Miller’s film noir comics into the successful Sin City. For 2ser radio's Final Draft I talked … Continue reading Graphic novels inspire silver screen storytelling

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A new hope for India’s girls born into prostitution

For generations, prostitution has provided the only means of economic survival for some tribes in the Indian desert. Now, a handful of schools are teaching kids that a life outside the sex industry is possible. Story aired Deutsche Welle Radio World in Progress, March 2,2011 Story published on Deutshce Welle Online, March 2, 2011 In … Continue reading A new hope for India’s girls born into prostitution

India’s Parsis Fight for Survival

Parsis have played an important cultural and economic role in India's development. They are behind the giant multinational Tata Group, the national airline Air India and Mumbai’s famous Taj Palace Hotel. But despite their prosperity, the Parsis are facing extinction. More than 1000 years before the birth of Christ, followers of the Zoroastrian faith were … Continue reading India’s Parsis Fight for Survival

Vandana Shiva: Growing new ideas on India’s farms

Indian environmental activist and author Dr Vandana Shiva is this year’s winner of the Sydney Peace Prize. For decades, Dr Shiva has been fighting for the rights of small farmers across India. And while supporters of India’s 1960s Green Revolution, have trumpeted fertilisers, pesticides and modified crops like BT Cotton for saving India – Dr Shiva … Continue reading Vandana Shiva: Growing new ideas on India’s farms

Battling opium addiction in India’s wild west

Opium is big business in India. In 2007 alone, India produced almost 350 tones of raw, legal opium for the international pharmaceutical industry. Despite strict monitoring of poppy farms, some of the opium always makes its way to the black market. Opium’s ready availability coupled with its use in traditional ceremonies has led to high … Continue reading Battling opium addiction in India’s wild west

Bees mean sweet business for India’s tribal farmers

In India’s remote villages, tribal farmers struggle to make ends meet. Drought and low crop yields mean poor living conditions and low incomes. To supplement their income, tribal farmers often resort to honey hunting – a practice which sees them find and destroy natural hives. Mumbai-based organization Under the Mango Tree is trying to teach … Continue reading Bees mean sweet business for India’s tribal farmers