“Buru Garra” got 56th national award 2009

Posted on February 12, 2010. Filed under: My Films | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well Known Jharkhand based filmmaker Sriprakash’s film Buru Garra got 56th national award 2009.

An article about this film:

People’s struggle on celluloid

Ranchi, Oct. 30: The story of the life and struggle of tribals in Jharkhand will be shown to the national audience at a film festival in Kerala and also to students at Jamia Milia Islamia in New Delhi.

Titled Buru Gara (Hilly River), the film is directed by Sri Prakash, a Ranchi-based documentary filmmaker, It is a tale of two tribal women of Jharkhand who have charted out a difficult, yet different, path for themselves.

Dayamani Barla and Nirmala Putul, the two protagonists of the film are known faces in the state. The director makes an effort to project the life and struggle of the tribals of Jharkhand through the characters.

While Barla is a journalist-turned social activist, Putul is a poet who vividly describes the struggle of a woman in a male-dominated society. Barla is shown in the film as championing the cause of the tribals and Dalits. On the other hand, Putul writes poetry from her own life experiences.

The 30-minute film shot in the rural areas of Jharkhand will be screened in the Third Festival of Documentaries and Short features in video for John Abraham National Award in Kerala.

“As my film raises the core issue of development and displacement, for the audience at the national level, it would be an occasion to look at these critically,” said Sri Prakash while talking to The Telegraph.

The film is scheduled to be screened on Wednesday.

Sri Prakash said the film represented the real mental agony that the Jharkhand’s tribal and Dalit villages are going through due to onslaught of industrial developments.

Earlier this month Buru Gara was broadcast on the Doordarshan. The film also has been screened at an international film festival organised at the India Habitat Centre in the month of August and Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women Studies, New Delhi, in October 25-26 this year.

Apart from Buru Gara, Sri Prakash has several other documentary films to his credit.

The list includes Buddha Weeps in Jadugora which has won four international awards, Buru Sengel (The Fire Within) which has bagged three awards, Kishki Rakhsa (on the proposed field firing range at Netrahat), and Another Revolt (on the proposed Koel Karo hydel power project), among others.

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A film on Verrier Elwin

Posted on February 12, 2010. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mumbai based filmmaker Biswajeet Bora have made a documentary film on British anthropologist Dr. Verrier
Elwin who came to India 20 yrs. before Independence and served the original inhabitants of this land with selfless dedication. Elwin dedicated his whole life to those people who were neglected by the national workers and
missionaries and exploited by the British Government.

The duration of the film is 45 Mins.

You may visit our website : www.angeloftheaboriginals.com

Filmmaker had worked with Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua for six yrs.

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A Light Burns

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: My Films | Tags: , , , , , , |

More than half of Indias 138 million rural households are beyond the reach of grid electricity. Deep within the coal belt of India, in a remote village in Jharkhand torn by naxal violence, two enterprising youngsters struggle to generate electricity for their village using the oil of an indigenous plant. A light burns, follows the ups and downs of a community determined to improve their lives. Armed with the knowledge of how to manufacture bio diesel from locally grown oil seeds and barely any other resourcesthey set out on their quest.

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Farmer Suicides (low res version)

Posted on January 31, 2010. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , |

With changing rain patterns, introduction of GM seeds and rising costs of living, small farmers in India get forced into taking loans. Unable to repay the borrowed money, many such farmers give up and end their lives.

200,000 such suicides have been reported in the period between 1997 and 2007 alone.


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When the State Declares War on the People

Posted on January 31, 2010. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , , , , , |

When the State Declares War on the People

A 15 minute Trailer on the Human Rights Violations in Chhattisgarh resulting from Operation Green Hunt

Director: Gopal Menon

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We have been hearing many stories about the human rights violations before and after Operation Green Hunt was announced. Allegations and counter-allegations have been going around. Fact-finding investigations have uncovered the atrocities security forces are committing in these areas, but now those very findings are being questioned.

At such a time it is crucial to present the reality and tear the veils obscuring the truth. When the State Declares War on the People is a 15-minute trailer by Gopal Menon based on his recent coverage of the ground reality in Chhattisgarh. This short film contains exclusive interviews with victims and their testimony including 1 ½ year old Suresh who had three fingers chopped off his left hand, an old man who was electrocuted and whose flesh was ripped off with knives, women raped by Special Police Officers and CRPF. The film also presents the views of Arundhati Roy and Mahesh Bhatt, two eminent citizens who have been closely following developments in Chhattisgarh. The clear intention of the State – to wipe out all resistance through terror in the name of fighting the Maoists – is demonstrated in this film.

About the Director

Gopal Menon is an activist-filmmaker focusing on caste, communalism and nationality. He was arrested twice while trying to go to Lalgarh and beaten with rifle butts and lathis. He was detained in Dantewada too. This is a trailer of a larger film on the Indian State’s war on the people.

Some of Menon’s earlier films are Naga Story: The Other Side of SilenceHey Ram!! Genocide in the Land of GandhiPAPA 2(about disappearances in Kashmir) and Resilient Rhythms (a rainbow overview of the Dalit situation) amongst others.

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Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Her films on Chhattisgarh:

1. EKTAAL OF METAL & CALY probing on the ancient lost –wax process of metal casting of jhara community of Chattisgarh. Telecast on DD NETWORK AND BHOPAL DOORDARSHAN

2. RAIGARH LAND AND PEOPLE A District tribal and cultural profile of RAIGARH CHHATTISGARH focusing on the marginal people of this region.

3. ANUKAMPAN DOCUMENTARY 65 MINTS on mingling of kathak tradition of Chhattisgarh with local folk forms of Madhya Pradesh and exploitation of tribals here






4. AN ODE TO DEAR SUNITA, a docu-feature FUNDED BY JAN VRIJMAN FUND, IDFA, AMSTERDAM on little girl performers in migrant entertainment groups in chattisgarh who are sold by their parents


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Vanishing Giants

Posted on January 3, 2008. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Vanishing Giants

Winner of the Panda or Green Oscar Award at Wildscreen 2004.

The brutal capture, torture and subsequent death of a young tusker in a capture operation authorized by the government prompted Mike Pandey to stop filming his documentary on ‘Elephants in Crisis’ and turn it into a news feature.

This news feature exposes the cruel and archaic methods of capture being used with no concern for the animal, a protected and endangered species.

The news feature is a protest and demand for immediate cessation of capture of elephants in this brutal way and a call for policy changes if elephants are to be protected.

Within 3 days of the release of this news feature the Government of India suspended all capture of wild elephants. Individuals in charge of the botched capture operation were suspended.

The news created international outrage International news agencies picked it and activists from all over the world joined in triggering a global signature campaign.

In India changes in policies and rules were made at a national level ensuring that all future captures take place with modern facilities and in the presence of experts to avoid trauma and cruelty after capture. Elephant welfare became top priority.

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The Last Migration – Wild Elephant Capture In Sarguja

Posted on January 3, 2008. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Last Migration – Wild Elephant Capture In Sarguja

This film was the first Asian film to win the world’s most prestigious award – The Green Oscar – Panda Award at the Wildscreen, 1994. It subsequently went on to win seven other international awards.

The Last Migration depicts a 42-day wild elephant capture operation in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Driven out of their home range in Bihar, due to excessive deforestation; a herd of wild elephants migrated to eastern Madhya Pradesh 300 kms away; where the sterile teak plantations, devoid of diversity, could not sustain the herd. Desperate for sustenance they went on a rampage and created havoc amidst the terrified tribals of the remote district of Sarguja – where elephants in the wild have been unheard of, for more than a century. Since 1988, 45 people had been killed by the herd and unabated devastation of their fields and homes left the villages bereft of their livelihood. The herd was finally captured in 1993.

The film portrays the man-animal conflict and its repercussions; the tussle between the ancient pachyderm and the tribals of the forest, which is a manifestation of a deeper and more vicious cycle; the disruption of the balance in Nature, on which rests the harmony of existence – the devastation of this critical framework, by mankind’s relentless and unsustainable obsession with power and development.

Last Migration led to the establishment of Elephant Foundation-India

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IRON IS HOT (Loha garam hai)

Posted on December 7, 2007. Filed under: Documentary Films in Chhattisgarh | Tags: , , , , |

IRON IS HOT ( Loha garam hai) Is a story of how people survive with India‘s fastest polluting� Sponge Iron Industry

This industry is relatively new. Staring with 3 plants in 1985, it has rapidly multiplied to 206 plants in 2005 and very soon the number will be 430, unofficial this figure is still higher.
These industries are mostly in Orissa , Chatisgarh , Jharkhand and W.Bengal and in small numbers in Goa, Maharastra and Karnataka.

The major problem is in the production process. While in the rest of the world it is manufactured using gas base plant which is cleaner and most resource efficient technology, In India 80% of the sponge iron is produce with coal base plants which is extremely polluting and are graded in �Red category� industry and can cause serious health hazards.

A 100 TPD plant produces 250 tones of garbage every day. No pollution control board keeps any account where this garbage is disposed. They are dumped near agriculture field, by the side of highway or at the bank of rivers which then ultimately flows in the stream.
The plants emit poisonous gas and heavy metals like cadmium, nickel, manganese which are harmful for human being.

Due to soil and water pollution agricultural activities within the 5 km radius of sponge iron plants is seriously effect and there is drastic reduction of the agricultural yield.

Cattle are eating the grasses and leaves cover with black dust get ill and die, and there is reduction in the milk production.

The film captures how governmental machinery is tilted towards the industry. The administration organizes �Public hearing� where although over wellbeing majority oppose the construction of the plant, the government report shows �people have agreed�.

There are some rays of hope. Peoples protest in Chouranga village near Raipur (Chhattisgarh ) has successfully stopped production in a plant, same is the story of Malampuzha sponge iron company in Palakad district of Kerala where a local panchayat objects and the Kerala government stood up with the panchayat Goa High Court in November 2006 passes stay order for some sponge iron plants.
The film documents the people effort to save their land and livelihood.
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