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Odisha born Jitendra Mishra and Sarika Panda’s film ‘The Silent Epidemic’wins global acclaim

Selected for WHO (World Health Organization) Health for All Film Festival.

Critically acclaimed film on road safety ‘The Silent Epidemic’ produced by Odisha’s social entrepreneur Sarika Panda Bhatt from Bhawanipatna and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jitendra Mishra from Titilagarhhas been officially selected for the prestigious WHO (World Health Organization) Health For All Film Festival.

The film has already won several national and international awards and accolades that includes a special mention prize at the National Road Safety Short Film Festival organized by the State Transport Authority, Govt of Odisha and at theInternational Purple Fest in Goa hosted by State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities in association with the Directorate of Social Welfare and Entertainment Society of Goa.The movie garnered widespread acclaim and admiration from both dignitaries and audiences, earning a prestigious ‘Special Mention’ award at the occasion recently.

Earlier the film was premiered in Berlin-Germany, London, Dubai, Spainand received critical acclamation, the trailer and poster of the film were launched during the 76th Cannes film festivallast year.Directed by Delhi based filmmaker Akshat Gupta and assisted by Akash Basu, the film depicts the life and struggles of 4 different road accident victims from different walks of life in India including the Paralympics Gold medalist Sumit Antil (Javeline, Tokyo 2020) from Haryana. The film is being presented by Sarika’s Raahagiri Foundation and Jitendra’s production house Cinema4good in association with Wheeling Happinessco-founded by Padma Shree Awardee Dr. Deepa Malik and Devika Malik.

Born in Bawanipatna, Odisha, Sarika is the Director in Nagarro and founder Trustee of Raahgiri Foundation and leading the Raahgiri Day movement in Haryana. She is also helping other cities to replicate this hugely successful concept. Having about 20 years of experience in the field of urban developments, transport, environment and architecture, she is also leading the non-motorised transport work and Vision Zero programme to reduce road accidents in many cities in India. Sarika was selected as one of the 60 global women leaders in the world who making a change in how we move in out cites. The recognition came from TUMI, Germany. In 2019 Sarika was selected as the bicycle mayor of Gurugram by BYCS, Netherlands. She has been formally trained as an architect and urban planner and has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, she also has a Master’s degree in Sociology.

Born in Titilagarh, Odisha, Jitendra Mishra has been one of the few Indian film producers and promoters who have created a benchmark in ‘Alternative methods of Film Production, Distribution and Promotion’ at international level. Committed towards meaningful cinema, Jitendra has already been associated with the production, distribution and promotion of more than 110 films in different categories and various capacities all together. Many of them have got worldwide acclamation and recognition. The Last Color, Buried Seeds, Desires of the Heart and Human Oak are a few recent films among others.  Awarded with several national and international accolades, Jitendra has been the festival director of the unique film festival and forum SIFFCY an initiative of India’s leading development organization Smile Foundation. Jitendra has been a member of the Cannes Producers Network and also been invited as Jury to more than 50 different international film festivals and forums so far.

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