After a overwhelming response at Delhi, C-NES’ documentary ‘Where there are no roads’ on the Boat Clinics of the Brahmaputra was screened at Jyoti Chitrabon Studio, Kahilipara Guwahati, on May 24, 2013 with a very good response despite heavy downpour and subsequent water logging in most city streets. Government officials and writers, film makers, scholars, health professionals and C-NES’ district Boat Clinic teams from all 15 units- who take health services to the last mile were present.
Maulee Senapati is the Director and Cinematographer while Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee of C-NES and founder director of the Centre for NE Studies and Policy Research in Jamia Millia Islamia, is the producer and script-writer.The film is about a unique experiment, a major innovative health campaign that reaches some of the most marginalized and poorest communities who live on hundreds of inaccessible islands, called saporis, on the river Brahmaputra. There are no roads here. But, over a dozen specially-designed boats, conceived and developed by C-NES and manned by doctors, nurses, lab technicians and pharmacists as well as crew, organizers and community workers reach more than ten lakh people, pulling them out of a deadly cycle of maternal and infant mortality, disease and poverty conditions which contrast dramatically with the overwhelming beauty of the place. C-NES is supported by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), to implement a project providing preventive and promotiove health services in the islands through specially designed boats.