Film Review: Look for the Small Print

‘Look for the Small Print’, a documentary film made by Jobin K Andrews, was screened on 3rd March 2012 at SCM Hall, Bangalore. The film screening was organized by Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns-Bangalore (that includes the New Socialist Alternative – CWI India).

The film depicts the impact of globalisation on the personal lives of especially software professionals, in the Silicon Valley of India – Bangalore, by centring around a typical working day in the life of a fictional young family. The film revolves around the precarious lifestyles of these young people in Urban India today, which while embracing the materialism of the west, is yet to come to terms with issues ranging from job insecurity, work pressure, marital discord to the issue of environmental degradation that is happening all round, under capitalist globalisation.

The film CD was released by Bishop Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos (Chairperson, Student Christian Movement of India) followed by an introduction by the film-maker Jobin Andrews. Dr. Geevarghese spoke about the different realities between ‘Shining India’ and real India that were worlds apart and how everything in India today is being determined by the market forces.

The film screening was followed by panel discussion that included Deepa Girish (Trade Unionist and Member – New Socialist Alternative), Issac Arul Selva (Editor SlumJagattu and Campaigner against Water Privatisation), Suresh Kodoor (IT&ITES employees centre) and Jagadish G Chandra (New Socialist Alternative and Convener, Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns – Bangalore).

Deepa spoke of how the film mirrors our own lives which remains uncertain and on the issue of water scarcity which is also a running theme in the film. Selva mentioned how people in Bangalore today have become so alienated and spoke on issues of water privatizations and how the state is becoming authoritarian.

Suresh Kodoor added that to the phenomenon of peasant suicides in India, another group have joined them but remains unreported i.e., on the new phenomenon of many IT professionals taking their lives in the last few years, unable to cope with stress and work related pressure. He spoke about how IT industry promotes greed and competition amongst workers leading to lack of unity amongst them.

Finally, Jagadish G Chandra spoke on the importance of engaging with this potentially important sections of the working class from the IT sector.