1. Whose Water?

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    This film explores the notion of state ownership of natural resources. Tarun Bharat Sangh, a motley group of people, one Rajender Singh heading them, 15 years ago arrived in the village Gopalpura in Alwar District and started their modest work on water. Over the years 1000 villages have been revolutionized by bringing back water into their life. The rain water which used to runoff, now was being collected and most seeped down to recharge the aquifers. Almost immediately the water table came up, dry wells started brimming with water and the brown fields changed their colour to green. Dry rivers were revived and communities' general economic well being swelled. But the conflicts with the government and their notion of ownership started with this resource revival. Flash points blazed through the community efforts to protect and revive their water and life. The film travels through some of the areas which have been radically revived and documents some of the conflicts which people have warded off or are still fighting.

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    • Dance With Hands Held Tight

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      80% of rural women are engaged in livelihoods depended on natural resources in India. this intense relationship throws up a whole range of issues and questions. Does the policy recognize this intensity? Do we all at large value the knowledge systems, which may have developed among these women? How have women coped with coercion from state in their accessing of natural resources? This film tries to explore these questions through four focused engagements. The fisherwomen off the coast of Karnataka are today distraught and distressed. The fish catch on which they and their families have lived has gone down. The Apatani women of Ziro, the North Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh have controlled their unique fish-paddy agriculture for many years. ut the future of this agriculture is unsure. the adivasi (indigenous people) and dalit (lower castes) women of Kashipur, Eastern Indian state of Orissa have taken their fight over rights over Hill Broom, squarely into the courtyard of the state. And won! And the women of Sonebhadra, central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have braved bullets and physical abuse of the state to protect their land from being taken over. This film was supported by UNDP and worked on for one and a half years. Completed in May 2005.

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      • A Good Earth

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        This film prescribes the antidote to Green Revolution type of technology to bolster agricultural production. This film explores the sustainable agricultural practices and philosophy across the country. The film travels through Bharuch and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, through Bangalore and Umergaon on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border through Bijnore, Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland and Pondicherry at the Gloria farms - the 100 acre organic farm. The film meets several farmers and sustainable agricultural philosophers and webs together a strong argument against chemicals and for natural and organic farming. The narrative of the film is in the voice of the farmers and practitioners of this farming.

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        • Jardhar Diary

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          This film is a personal journey into an area, which is alive with consciousness and commitment to save their natural resources. We meet men and women who are ready to stake their lives to protect and defend what they think is their own. This is the story of Jardhar, in the hills of the Garhwal Himalayas. The villagers of Jardhar have revived their forests, are fighting limestone mining on their hill slopes, staving off power lines, which will decimate their rich Pine and Sal cover and reclaiming traditional seeds and putting it back into circulation. Through the voices of the villagers and an inspired leadership, many of them a chip from the old Chipko block, we travel through the area. And get to know the revolution which is sometimes covert and sometimes out in the streets. This film has been awarded at the EarthVision Environment Film Festival, Tokyo, 2002.

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          • Harvesting Hunger

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            There are over 300 million people in india who do not have enough food to meet their asic nutritional requirements. With more and more intrusion of the market, it is apprehended that millions more will go hungry in the first decades of the new millenium. Harvesting Hunger is a journey into this impending world of hunger and famine, an exploration of the deepening crisis in food security in the country. The film revolves around four case studies - Punjab for a study of the yellowing of the Green Revolution, Kalahandi for an investigation into the structural reasons of famine and impoverishment, Warrangal for an examination of the debilitating effects of money lending, resulting in suicide deaths prompted by multinational pesticides enterprises and Bellary for an understanding of the role of giant seed and food processing companies in destroying the very base of Indian agriculture. A farmer activist, Vijjay Jardhari, who is part of a movement to revive traditional agricultural practices (Beej Bachao Andolan), up in the himalayas, is the presenter. He provides a peep into sustainable agricultural systems, which could be one of the answers to the present crisis. The film received a special Jury's award at Okomedia Environment Film Festival (Freiburg, Germany Oct 2000) and EarhVision, Tokyo for March 2001.

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            • Tiger - The Death Chronicles

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              Tiger, the symbol of India. One of the most charismatic animals to walk the face of the earth. Faces its most severe crisis today. Its prey, habitat and the animal itself are being decimated. Tiger - the death chronicles, explores this crisis. Travelling through tiger hotspots like Sariska, Panna and Buxa, the film attempts to unravel the nuts and bolts of the crisis. It looks at states such as Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Goa and how they maybe trading their tigers and their forests for greater economic revenue. The film maps the curious case of a mining project in the heart of a tiger habitat in Orissa. It also highlights the positive work being done in reserves like Corbett and up in the BR Hills of Karnataka. Tiger - the death chronicles, in 63 minutes, encapsulates 30 years of conservation attitude in this country. For the first time ever, a film joins diverse voices, from tiger scientists and conservationists to ordinary citizens, to attempt a brutal and an honest assessment of the present and the future of the Indian tiger and it's habitat. The film is presented and directed by Krishnendu Bose, an internationally awarded film-maker, who has been making conservation films for the past 20 years.

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