Like a Banyan Tree

Two years after filming the start of the Samata programme in north Karnataka, this 15-minute documentary investigates what has changed for the adolescent girls involved. And what has changed for their families, boy students, schools and communities?

Samata seeks to keep girls from marginalised communities in school as a proven measure to reduce their risk of HIV and other health problems. As one teacher remarks, ideas about samata (or equality) have taken root, like a banyan tree.

A rigorous research study by STRIVE partners Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is evaluating the effectiveness of the Samata programme overall and of its various elements.

Watch a 7-minute summary of the programme’s progress and challenges: Samata – Equality

Watch an 8-minute documentary about the start of the Samata programme - On Our Own Two Feet

Watch Like a Banyan Tree with Kannada subtitles

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