Looking Back at The Quint’s Solid Short Docs of 2017

Here are a few documentaries by The Quint that you must see, if you’ve missed them in 2017.

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Here’s looking back at the most riveting short documentaries The Quint has produced in 2017.

Each of them stand out for the solid content and on-ground journalism. If you haven’t seen them, watch them all before we bring newer, fresher content in 2018.


The Hatkes: What Makes India’s Angriest Man So Angry?

Angry – that’s Pamma’s default state of mind. It is this anger that has made him famous as India’s angriest man. Find out what makes him ‘angry’.


Generation 1984: Living With the Horrors of the Anti-Sikh Riots

The current generation of youth living in Tilak Vihar have inherited the scars and trauma of the anti-Sikh riots, nothing much has changed here. Clearly their life is no different from their fathers, and are still suffering from the trauma of 1984.


U-17 World Cup: The Families That Gave India Its Football Stars

Apart from their footballing skills and the passion to play for India, the one thing that really binds the 21 members of the India under-17 football team is that most of them come to the world stage battling hardships and financial crisis.

And their families have stood by them every single day, first identifying the talent in their children and then making immense sacrifices to see them play for India.


Junaid’s Lynching: Taking the Train Ride That Ended in a Murder

A 16-year-old boy was lynched in a crowded train, in an incident of communal violence that shook the country. When Hafiz Junaid left his house in Ballabhgarh in Haryana for a shopping trip to Delhi, his family did not know he would return home soaked in blood, cold and dead.

But what happened on that fateful night and what was Junaid’s ‘mistake’?


Beyond a Bouncer: Mehrunnissa, the Woman Who Loves Winged Eyeliner

Mehrunnisha Shokat Ali was born in Saharanpur to a Hindu mother and a Muslim father. In order to support the family, Mehrunnissa started looking for jobs. She started as a saleswoman at a lingerie store. With a help of an NGO, she moved to a female bouncer’s job.


Christmas Cheer: How This Brit Couple is Saving India’s Donkeys

The Asswin Donkey Farm is hard to reach. There is no public transport to the location – Dhankot village in Gurugram – and for at least a kilometre, there isn’t even a proper road. But Jean Harrison, 76, and Bob Harrison, 74, manage to get there everyday in their old and rickety donkey ambulance. They take care of 18 dogs, seven horses, and 90 donkeys (in addition to one donkey who mysteriously appears at their farm everyday).


#TalkingStalking: Rewari Girls Fight Harassment With Hockey Sticks

What will you do if a stranger keeps stalking and harassing you? A few girls in Haryana’s Rewari district are fighting their battle with hockey sticks. Their confidence is really inspiring. Watch the video and see it for yourself.


The Hatkes: Graffiti Messiahs Who Spread Change Through Spray Cans

In the dingy by-lanes of posh societies, on cracked walls of urban markets, and in the back lanes of high-rise office complexes — that is where you will find it. Graffiti can strike you anywhere, you may not even notice it sometimes. But, there are hundreds of walls that have been sprayed on by anonymous strangers, giving colour and life to our cities.


The Hatkes: Of Lost Artefacts and a Collector’s Romance With Time

Aditya, an artefact collector, has items spread across 22 categories over several centuries. From fossilised stones, digging tools, to preserved cat skulls and baby sparrows, from vintage cars to cameras from across the ages, from tin boxes to radios – there is no end to little tokens and markers of history carefully placed in different corners of his house.


Who Pays the Price of Triple Talaq? Real Women, True Stories

A batch of PILs were seeking a ban on the practices of Triple Talaq, Nikah Halala and polygamy. One of the PILs was filed by Shayara Bano, a woman who was given triple talaq by her husband. The other was filed by a Muslim women’s organisation called the Bhartiya Mahila Muslim Andolan (BMMA).

The Quint met a few women whose lives have been torn apart by these practices. Watch the video to see what they have to say.

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