Entertainment shapes our understanding of the world, and influences our perceptions as citizens towards government and public institutions. The event will thus mark the launch of a research report published by Civic Studios exploring the ways in which films, television shows, and digital content in India represent the good, bad, and ugly of legal and police institutions.
This will be coupled with a panel discussion that will bring together media makers, researchers, legal and police professionals, and civic activists. This intent will be to explore questions such as:
How is criminality & victimhood popularly portrayed? How are minority identities represented with regards to this?
How is the state’s capability with regards to the investigative agencies, police action, and delivery of justice presented?
What kind of stories help build empathy between citizens and state, and encourage reform and civic participation? ?
In assessing such questions and more, the event will be designed to answer the ‘so what?’ for its various stakeholders, be it content creators, police and legal professionals, or bystander citizens. It will offer current trends of the portrayal of legal and police institutions across traditional and digital entertainment, deep dives into the ways media narratives can influence citizen perceptions, and actionable insights around democracy building through storytelling.