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In God's Own Country

Tourism brochures, while referring to the unique beauty of Kerala, often call it 'God's Own Country'. The film is set in a district called Kasaragod located on the border of Kerala and Karnataka. Any visitor here will be struck both by the beauty of the land and the people.

Aamakaar

Aamakaar tells the story of the people of a village in North Kerala fighting to preserve their village and their livelihoods, threatened by sand mining on their estuary. For the last 10 years, they have been conserving Olive Ridley Turtles that come to their beach to nest. They see the preservation of a species on the verge of extinction as an extension of their fight against the destruction of their…

Why are Warangal farmers angry with Bt cotton

This film, made by women farmers of Community Media Trust, Pastapur in Medak District of Andhra Pradesh, is a powerful documentation of the traumatic season in 2002-03 that Bt cotton farmers in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh went through.

The Fire Within

'The Fire Within', Shriprakash's latest film is an exploration of the lives of the adivasis in the Jharkhand area, devastated by the century old coal mining industry.

Colours of the Earth

In ‘Colours of the Earth’ Kavita Das Gupta gives us an insight into the life of women in Medak district in Andhra Pradesh. Deccan Development Society, a local NGO helped these women begin to till the fallows in this region.

Drowned Out

‘Drowned Out’ is a powerful documentary film charting the Indian government’s undertaking to dam the River Narmada – and its consequential humanitarian crisis. It is the story of the Jalsindhi villagers, told by Franny Armstrong, who choose to drown rather than leave their ancestral homes and the only way of life they know.

And then there were none...

Narrated in English, this 21 minute film documents the rampant killing of the ambassador of the wetland – the otter. The film, one of the winners at the Vatavaran Film Festival 2003, deals with the significance of the smaller, but important, species such as the otter, that are being systematically wiped out.

Black Panthers in Periyar

What struck me most about the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala, when I visited it with my family early this year, was the wealth of flora and fauna flourishing there. The Eco-development Project started a few years ago has been a boon to the reserve and to the people traditionally dependent on the forest for livelihood.

Troubled Waters

...narrates the tale of this picturesque archipelago of the Lakshadweep islands off the mainaland of India, located 400 kms off the western coast of Kerela. The film throws light on the formation of these beautiful and fragile coral islands and traces the growth and diversity of the reef and the factors that contribute to its health and well being.

Only an Axe away

Kalpana Sadashivan, narrates the story of a unique campaign to save the valley from destructive hands of development. The mention of Silent Valley still conjures up visions of a global campaign in the late 1970s to save a pristine Western Ghats forest, home to rare and endangered species. Today, the project is being revived under the Pathrakadavu Hydroelectric Project on…

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