Seminar in Bombay on the 30th of March 2004 to begin the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of Kokan International.
Dear Tungekars and Kokneys All over the World,
I am thinking of make a documentary on our family history which will be for our future generations. I know it is a tough task and that is why i am asking help from each and everyone of you. Though i have the initial idea as to how we could go about in making this movie, I would encourage you guys to put forward your ideas and maybe we could then have online brainstorming sessions. I would also be needing assistance from the Tungekars living in Mumbai to record footings of Uran and Perwari and also take interviews of the surviing members there, so that accurate history can be chronicled. I know that we all are very busy in our respective assignments but the sheer excitement that this kind of work brings is unexplainable.
The documentary would cover the history of Kokanis, their origin and the background of the early settler families. It would then move to the Tungekar family describing their history going back to the times of Arabia. Footings of Arabia can be captured from documentaries or other motion pictures. It would then proceed to Uran and Mumbai and then to Pakistan and the rest of the world. In order to capture video footings of the various Tungekars we need volunteers specially in India, who can go to Uran and shoot outdoors and indoors. In the meanwhile of relations between india and pakistani improve i am ready to go there myself and capture some video footings and interviews.
Faisal has worked very hard in recording the family history on net which has really helped and also encouraged me to do something more ofcourse with your help. I have communicated with Faisal who has given me his full support. You guys are also requested to come forward and bring your ideas.
Making this family history documentary is a grand task. I am conceptualizing the initial idea after which I would begin writing the script. I would then send the script of each and everyone of you, and would seek sugesstions for improvement/ammendment. For reference I am starting with the family history that Faisal has collected and posted on the kokaniz site. To start with it is an ideal script, however once we decide on the duration of this documentary feature we can add accordingly to the script. Besides narration, there would be interviews from some of the senior and surviving members of the clan, who would be asked to share their memories and say something for the younger generation and the future generations to come. we can also put some light on the various welfare projects that our forefathers undertook like the Jama Masjid, the hospital and school in Uran etc.
In order to make quality stuff, we would divide the production into three stages.
1) Pre-production: Conceptualizing the idea and planning as to what really needs to be done, how to do it and who would do what.
2) Production: Will involve script writing, interviews, video footage. Collection of old pictures of various occassions like weddings etc. (We could also take pictures of the various antiques and jewellery held by the family, but as this may be sensitive to some people, lets discuss how we can handle it. Maybe skipping jewellery and focusing on antique furniture would be more suitable). One suggestion is that interviews not only from senior family members but also those young/middle aged tungekars who have reached prominence in their fields be taken, as this movie is for future generations.
3) Post Production: Would include non linear editing, recording of sound track etc and computer graphics. Anyone good in this field may please come forward.
This is the basic modus operandi. I would be emailing you more detail in a day or two. As this is entirely new to me and to you guys also, I am doing some back ground research which also includes research into the ideas and techniques of making good documentaries. May Allah give us all the strength, motivation and courage to complete this huge task.
Please let me know the duration of this documentary and Guys start watching National Geographic more often!!! Good luck and have fun. Thanks to all the people who have pledged support especially Faisal, Sajid Bhai, Naveed and Fahim Uncle.
Lets do it and have something for our kids to cherish.
You can contact me by e-mail on the following address email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
KOKAN MELA ON 14TH JUNE 2003 AT KOKAN SOCIETY KARACHI.
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