Priya’s Shakti, Ram Devineni.

Priya’s Shakti is India’s first augmented reality comic book that tells the story of Priya, a villager from India who is gang raped by men in her village. When she recalls her ordeal to her family, they shun her saying she has brought shame on them. Ashamed and scared Priya flees to the forest to end her life. But the Goddess Parvati sees her plight and seeks to help her. A rape survivor and the Goddess Parvati fight against gender-based sexual violence and champion the cause of women’s rights. The graphic novel’s physical copies are now being distributed to rural schools in India as a pilot project, to see if such books can create awareness among children and the youth, about the evil of rape so that men can be sensitized towards rapes and how rape victims are treated. By scanning the comic book with the popular augmented reality app – Blippar, you can view animation, real-life stories, and other interactive elements pop-out of the pages.

A filmmaker, publisher and founder of Rattapallax films, press and magazine based in New York City, Sao Paulo and New Delhi.

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