EVER SLOW GREEN – Re-afforestation in Auroville, South India
Documentary | India | 2020 | 56 min. | Christoph Pohl
50 years ago, a unique afforestation project took root on an eroded desert plateau in Tamil Nadu, South India, when people from diverse countries came together to establish the international experimental township of Auroville.
Initially driven by the necessity to make the harsh conditions more liveable, the idealism of some early residents lead them to develop expertise in cultivating the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest, a rare forest type native to the coastal belt of Tamil Nadu.
Today, the lush Auroville forest is an outstanding example of eco-restoration that recreates and preserves a type of tropical forest that is on the verge of extinction.
Ever Slow Green tells the story of Auroville’s 50-years-young forest through some of the diverse characters who have dedicated their lives to bringing it to fruition.
produced, directed & edited by: Christoph Pohl
associate producer: Lesley Branagan
director of photography: G.P.Aravindan
camera assistants: K. Kathiravan, M. Manisugan
drone cinematography: A.Anbu Prabhu
drone assistant: Guna Shanuram
field sound recording: Avanes Avakian
interview sound recording: Christoph Pohl
bird sound recording: Chloé Sanchez
music by: Greg Davis (from “Curling Pond Woods” (2004))
additional music by: Chloé Sanchez
sound editing assistant: Marie-Pierre Lacombe
sound mixing & mastering: Nepsound
maps & titles: Roeland Trauwaen
archive image editing: Marco Saroldi
archive images sourced from: Auroville Archives, Olivier Barot, Biggie Schwarz, Diego Zecchinel, David Nagel, Jan Allen, Renu Neogy
colorist: Handric Stalin
digital color grading: The Madras Colorist
production company: brainfever media productions