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New Film: Within Ten Miles of Mayapur

by Vasudeva das

Posted April 18, 2010

Today in the rural area between Navadwip and the town of Krishnanagar, 60 percent of the children drop out of school before the age of 12, and more than half of the women are illiterate. Some 70,000 villagers in the region drink arsenic-contaminated water, 23,000 of them showing skin infections and lesions as a result.

Within Ten Miles of Mayapur follows the work of Sri Mayapur Vikas Sangha (SMVS), a non-profit organization based in ISKCON Mayapur. Its mission is to fulfil Srila Prabhupada's desire that no one should go hungry within a ten-mile (16-km) radius of the ISKCON temple.

For the last ten years, SMVS has worked to end the economic and social causes of poverty in the region. The West Bengal NGO has received grants from funding agencies worldwide, including the United Nations.

SMVS has now borne the cost of producing and distributing Within Ten Miles of Mayapur on a search for new donors around the world to help Mayapur and its surrounding villages survive and prosper. SMVS approached me, a Mayapur resident and film-maker of French origin. I was happy to write and produce this 37-minute documentary on a voluntary basis, free of charge.

Within Ten Miles of Mayapur is a BhakTV production and was premiered on the main stage at the Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur. A ten-minute flash version can be seen on YouTube.

DVD copies of the film are now available for distribution, although they are not for sale as such. There are three versions available on the DVD, edited to 10 minutes, 16 minutes and 37 minutes, respectively. SMVS will be happy to send you (or anyone interested in your area) a nicely packaged DVD. All you need to do is make a small donation to cover shipping costs by courier to your address. The donation should be at least $30, and you are welcome to give as much as you can in support of the project at the same time as making the order for a DVD.

Please email your order to BhakTV, das1008 (at), and make your donation by visiting the SMVS website at

Many thanks to all donors, and for showing the DVD to potential donors in your temple and area.