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Development at Gun Point   (English/36 min/2002/DV)
Globalisation in India has attracted global capital to invest and appropriate mineral resources in India . Activities of mining have generated problems of pollution, deforestation and displacement. ‘Development at Gunpoint'is a documentary film on the social and environmental impact of bauxite mining in Kashipur, Orissa and the subsequent struggle of the adivasis in the region.

Producer/Director: K P Sasi
Development flows from the barrel of a Gun   (Hindi with English subtitiles/54min/2003/SVHS edited in DV)
This is a film on the human right violations of the indigenous people of India . The film documents the youth movement against destructive development in Jharkhand and calls for sustainable development not at the cost of the people.

Producer: Meghnath Akhra

Director: Biju Toppo
Devta Activists   (Hindi and English/28min/2005/DV)
Devta Activists is set in the Kullu valley of the Indian Himalayas. It seeks to explore the role of traditional institutions such as ‘Devtas'(deities) in conservation of natural resources. By acceding control over natural resources to devtas several informal conservation practices of local communities have constituted themselves over time. Today, these practices find their authority threatened because of the presence of two looming symbols of modernity in the area. The Great Himalayan National Park and the Parvati Hydro-electric project, the former representing the exclusionary approach to conservation and the latter a symbol of national development. The film is a study of how local traditions negotiate with contemporary discourses on scientific conservation and national development.

Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust(PSBT)

Director: Sanjay Barnela
Devta Activists, Sanjay Barnela   30min
An exploration of the role of traditional deities (devtas) belonging to the Kullu valley in conservation and fight for access to forest resources. How local traditions negotiate with contemporary discourse of scientific conservation and national development

Enquiries
THE PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING TRUST
P O Box 3264, Nizamuddin East
New Delhi-110 013 Tel: 91-11-24355941
Fax: 24353825
Email: info@psbt.org
Doodhatoli   Hindi/31min 26sec/ 2003
Commissioned by: Council for Advancement of Prople’s Action & Rural Technology (CAPART).

Doodhatoli is the story of the village women of Pauri Garwhal, who over the years have organized themselves to protect the local forests. The remarkable thing about this effort is that though initially the inspiration came from Sachidanand Bharti, a local social worker, the movement is now being entirely led and managed by the local women themselves. Most of the women who are involved in this movement are illiterate peasant women. They are primarily being guided by their own lived experience and traditional wisdom about the local resources and environment.

Producer: K. Bikram Singh, Cine Arts India

Enquiries:
CAPART, India habitat Centre,
Zone V A, 2nd Floor
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003
Email: capart@caparthq.delhi.nic.in
Fax: 91-11-24648607/24625822
Dui Paatan ke Beech Mein (Between The Devil and The Deep River)   Hindi/65mins/1999
Shot extensively in North Bihar, this film looks at the development models chosen and implemented, often by force, that have destroyed the livelihood of millions of people. Over the years, with each consequent flood, people developed their own coping mechanisms, which soon became integral to their culture. Man-made floods and water logging over vast agriculture land has pauperized the people of Bihar. All this has been done to “protect people from floods”!

Producer: Arvind Sinha

Enquiries:
Arvind Sinha
17-A, Anil Roy Road Calcutta 700 029
Tel: 91-33-4666242
Fax: 91-33-2480724
echoes from the jungles   (Hindi/24min)
It took three years to produce Echoes from the Jungles, a pioneering thirteen part serial about India's endangered wildlife. In this time, Naresh and Rajesh Bedi traveled extensively through the length and breadth of India from high icy mountains to steaming mangrove swamps, from scorching boundless deserts to to misty evergreen forests. This monumental effort gave utterance to the beauty and mystery of India's wildlife and her wildernesses. Each episode of 'Echoes from the Jungles' excels the last in its striking portrayal of the difficulties and uncertainties faced in the shooting of some of the most endangered wild animals of the sub-continent.

Director: Naresh Bedi

Enquiries:
Bedi Films/ Bedi Films Visuals
E 19 Rajouri Garden,
New Delhi 110027,
India.
Tel: 011 5441864, 011 5439939
Fax: 011-543 0850
Email: bedifilms@vsnl.com
eden of hope   (English) 25 min.
A film on the history and development of Mumbai. The film skillfully provides a vision about different phases of Mumbai. It projects the imbalance in nature with rising towers of civilization and influx of people in millions. The problems of Mumbai are many and the solutions to these are few. For all the destruction of natural wealth the city has only one saviour- Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the green lung of Mumbai. This park, though plundered for need and greed, is in constant conflict with the forces of destruction. It is high time to reflect on development at what cost. Can you imagine Mumbai without this green lung? Yes, development we need, but it should be sustainable. This is the message of the film.

Producer:Bombay Natural History Society

Enquiries: .BNHS ,Hornbill House,
Dr.Salim Ali Chowk
Shahid Bhagat Singh Road,
Mumbai 400023
Tel: 91 22 2821811
E-mail: bnhs@bom4.vsnl.net.in
Einthinayude Naalvazhikal   (Malayalam/63min/2000/beta)
This film unveils the beauty, vitality and richness and variety in wealth of the orests of Kerala. Kerala is home to two biological hot spots which are repositories of endangered flora and fauna; Silent Valley in the middle part of Kerala and Agasthyakoodam in South Kerala . The joint forest management projects, which was a pioneering attempt, in the conservation of forests and wildlife with participation of tribals is also presented. The threats to forests nad wildlife and the pattern of alarming decline in area and the epoch making struggles for preserving Silent Valley biological park is also highlighted in the film.

Producer: Department of Forests and Wildlife, Government of Kerala, Trivandrum

Director: E. Unnikrishnan
Elephant - God Or Destroyer , Krishnendu Bose   30 min
A film on the life and times of the Indian elephants

Enquiries
THE PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING TRUST
P O Box 3264, Nizamuddin East
New Delhi-110 013 Tel: 91-11-24355941
Fax: 24353825
Email: info@psbt.org
Elephant-God or Destroyer   (English/30min/2005/DV)
The film brings the ‘big' conflict to the small screen and juxtaposes it with the reverence of elephant as God. On a cold winter night the villagers wait for the elephant herd to strike the paddy fields. 300 people die every year-trampled by these giants and the villagers get meager support with conventional arms to combat them-fire crackers and beating of empty cooking oil tins. The film is also an exposition of the elephant habitat and behaviour.

Producer: Public Service broadcasting Trust

Director: Krishnendu Bose
Fish Tales   30 min./ 1997
A film on sustainable development, explores developmental and environmental issues, by focusing on traditional fishery in Kerala. Thirty years of top- down development policies have failed to address the needs of fisher folk and their special relationship with the sea. Today, fishing communities are worse off than before, faced with the alarming crisis of declining fish stocks. 'Fish Tales' is cautionary-it underlines the need to initiate development policies that are sustainable and beneficial to the communities involved.

Directors: Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam
Enquiries:
Foundation for Universal Responsibility
UGF, Zone 4A, India Habitat Centre,
Lodi Road New Delhi 110003
Tel: 91 11 4648450
Fax: 91 11 4648451
E-mail: furhhd@nda.vsnl.net.in
Freedom   Multiple Indian Languages/EST/58mins/2001
FREEDOM…! Is a documentary film about the protection and conservation of natural resources, about communities resisting an onslaught on their livelihoods, about democracy, profit and the sound of the rain. In a journey that traverses Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh , Orissa , Gujarat and other states in India, the film Freedom documents and presents insights into many different attempts of local people in their struggle to protect and control natural resources.

Producer: Amar Kanwar (A K Productions)

Enquiries:
A K productions, N-14A, Saket
New Delhi-110017
Email: amarvg@del3.vsnl.net.in
Tel: 91-11-26516088/26513356
Healers For All Reasons, Vijay S. Jodha   30 min
The film dwells on how the likes of Rehmat “Gopal Bapa” Khan, who rely on traditional and eco-friendly methods to heal animals, humans and even plants, are an embodiment of Gandhian philosophy with respect for biodiversity and communal harmony at the grassroots in rural Gujarat.

Enquiries
THE PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING TRUST
P O Box 3264, Nizamuddin East
New Delhi-110 013 Tel: 91-11-24355941
Fax: 24353825
Email: info@psbt.org
Healers or All Reasons   (English, Hindi and Gujarati/28mins/2005/DV)
This is a fascinating portrait of Rehmat Khan Solanki and Karimbhai Sumra – two village healers of Gujarat , whose lives and work embody respect for biodiversity, Gandhian selfless service and promotion of communal harmony at the grassroots. Rehmat Khan Solanki of Chur village uses traditional and eco-friendly methods to cure animals. Karimbhai Sumra of Virampur village uses herbs to treat humans, animals and even plants. He has also gone to the extent of creating a forest of 12,000 plant varieties that have great medicinal value.

Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT)

Director: Vijay S Jodha
Honey Hunters of the Blue Mountains   (English/33 min.)
One of the last havens of untouched forestland-the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in south India, is home to the deadly rock bee the 'apis dorsata'. Just before the monsoon, the hunter gatherer Kurumba tribals of the Nilgiris prepare for their yearly harvest of honey, scaling precipitous cliffs to collect the treasure of the wild 'apis dorsata'. Dramatic sequence of honey gathering off 300-foot cliff leave you spellbound by their agility and fearlessness. The collector spiders down the sheer cliffs supported by a ladder woven out of forest vine. As filmmakers the biggest challenge was to capture this sequence effectively, since te Kurumbas would not permit outsiders to suspend themselves on their chosen cliffs. The only way to get extraordinary angles was to climb atop and reach over the edge of the cliffs or take position directly below the hives. Rigorous, as each time the crew were right in the midst of the bee storm!

Director: Mike H. Pandey

Enquiries:
Riverbank Studios,
Chirag Enclave
New Delhi-110048
Hunting Down Water   English/EST/32mins/2003
These things look good only on television… things about economy and saving water and all that” say Nidhi and Madhur looking fresh after a rollicking rain dance party. Or take the case of Somabhai Patel of Memna village in Gujarat who owns 14 borewells on his agricultural land, “The water used to be at 100 feet below the ground just a few years ago, now it has gone down to 500 feet”. Quotes that reinforce the fact that the present water crisis is largely a crisis of our own making. It is not about failing monsoons or the fact that parts of India are naturally dry. Water is diverted from the rural countryside to meet the unending needs of India’s urban population – not just for drinking, but also, to wash cars, fill swimming pools, to water amusement parks or simply to flush. The Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai reveals startling facts to bear this out The facts are mind boggling!
Hunting Down Water studies the dynamics of this man-made crisis.

Producer: Moving Images

Enquiries:
Moving Images
D-III/3425, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi-110070
Email: moving@vsnl.com
Tel: 91-11-26893384/4318048
Fax: 91-11-26124317
In Troubled Waters   English/16mins/2003
The film tells the story of the coral reefs of the Lakshadweep islands. It explains how this vital ecosystem came into being and traces the growth and diversity of the reef and the factors that contribute to its health and well-being. The film also shows how close this ancient ecosystem came to being totally destroyed in 1998 and the reasons for this devastation. The film ends with the current state of the reef, how it is regenerating, its importance to the world and the paramount need to protect it. The main thrust of the film is to show how all of nature is inter-connected and inter-dependent. Man is a vital part of the natural world and any destruction of the environment or any other living species will have serious consequences for all of us, perhaps threatening our very existence. The film enjoins all people to live in a manner that will help to conserve and safeguard the world’s natural resources for the future of mankind

Producer: Mitali Dutt Kakar, Reef Watch Marine Conservation

Enquiries:
Email: reefwatch@usa.net
Tel: 91-22-30913882/26518206
Fax: 91-22-26518209
Indian Leopards - The Killing Fields   (English/53min/2003/Beta, DV & mini DV)
In a beauty pageant of the animal world, the leopard would find a spot right at the top. Its fiendish cunning is the stuff of legend. Feared and admired, the leopard leaves no one untouched. But a lack of knowledge about the life of this elusive cat adds to the threat of its survival. And many more people are regularly killed by leopards than tigers.

This film presents a family who lost a child, a scientist trying to understand the leopard and conservationists trying to balance between the need to conserve wildlife and the need to protect people.

Producer/Director: Praveen Singh
Inside Ladakh - Chang Thang   29 min, 1997
Chang Thang plateaux situated near the Tibetan border about 11,500 ft above sea level is famous for pashmina or the world renowned Cahmere wool, produced from a particular kind of goat domesticated by the nomadic herdsmen. Or Changpas. Their lives entirely revolve around their herds of goats and they keep moving from highland to highland in search of greener pastures for their cattle. Although pashmina is Ladakh's most important product, almost nothing is known about the nomadic lifestyle of the Changpas or about their system of rearing the animals or about the amazing variety of grasses which provide nourishment to them.

Directors: Iffat Fatima, Yousuf Saeed
Enquiries:
Doordarshan 3,
Vigyan Bhavan Annexe,
New Delhi, 110001.
Ph: 91 11 3022132
Fax: 91 11 3022135.
Invocations to the Mountain Goddess   (English/64 min/2004/beta)
The Niti Valley in the Garhwal Himalayas has been declared a protected area by the Government of India for conserving its natural biodiversity. This was disastrous for the pastoral Bhotiya community who live in the far flung mountain settlements scattered throughout the reserve. Deprived by new laws of access to the alpine pastures where their flocks once grazed, this proud tribe of shepherds has been forced to sell off the livestock wealth that formed the bedrock of their traditional way of life. Ironically, the Bhotias are not opposed to the conservation ethic itself- in fact, it was from these very villages that began the famous ‘Chipko' movement, in which women “hugged” trees to stop timber felling by Government contractors.

Producer/Director: Christopher Rego
it's our future too   (English) 30 min
A film on conservation covering three major protected areas; Sanjay Gandhi National Park of Mumbai, Keoladeo National Park of Bharatpur and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu. The film covers natural beauty of each protected area as well as the area specific problems like fuel wood collection, cattle grazing and crop raiding by elephants. It is also an introduction to Bombay Natural History Society and its activities under Conservation education Project The aim of the film is to create awareness about the urgent nee for conservation.

Producer:Bombay Natural History Society

Enquiries: .BNHS ,Hornbill House,
Dr.Salim Ali Chowk
Shahid Bhagat Singh Road,
Mumbai 400023
Tel: 91 22 2821811
E-mail: bnhs@bom4.vsnl.net.in
Jal Hi Jeevan - Jal Sanrakshan   (Hindi/10mins/2005/beta)
People in Western Rajasthan still ahs traditions of fetching water from distances. Sand storms are a part of life of the people of Rajasthan. Nature has not provided water to this region. The people have found out very many ways of storing and conserving water. Tanks, lakes, nadis, step wells and khadin are the traditional source of water conservation. This is a film on measures taken by administration and local people for conserving the water which flows out from protected forest regions. In the absence of forest the environmental balance is disturbed and drought is the result. Thus, for protection of trees steps are taken well in advance for development of forest areas and fodder areas. This is a story of people working together in conserving water and forest.
Jal, Jungle Aur Jeevan   (Hindi/12min/2005/Beta)
Water is responsible for base of forest and forest helps in nurturing life. People living in jungles know it very well and also apply it in their day-to-day life style. The proof of this is the tribal area of Southern Rajasthan Aravalli region. The tribal people may not be literate but their knowledge related to the plants and their uses is tremendous. They cut only those trees and such parts of the trees, which does not damage the overall environmental balance. During the folk festival Gavri these tribals don't use or cut certain prohibited vegetables.

Producer: Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC), Jodhpur

Director: Manohar Lalas
Jalam: Jeevante Amruthu (Water – The Elixir of Life)   Malayalam/EST/13mins 45secs/2001
Kerala, in the southwest corner of India, is a land where nature has been at her splendorous best. A plentitude of natural wealth has perhaps left the Malayalee too complacent, indifferent and ignorant of the portends of the catastrophe looming before him. Deforestation & landfills have affected water percolation, resulting in uncharacteristic droughts. The chemical pollution has affected coastal life and the ocean wealth. We have to change our ways and preserve this precious resource.

Producer/Director: Nature Trust/Mr. Mahesh

Enquiries:
Kerala Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency

 
Index
A Brush With Death Einthinayude Naalvazhikal Living With Giants The Home Coming
a journey through moyar Elephant - God Or Destroyer , Krishnendu Bose Living With The Park, Ranthambore National Park, India The Jaws of Death
A Mirage for a Future ? Elephant-God or Destroyer Lost Wilderness The Khasis of Meghalaya
A Second Hand Life, Nutan Manmohan Fish Tales Man vs Nature : The Struggle Eternal The Killing Field
A Shivalik Monsoon Freedom Mangroves of Sundarban The Last Flight
A Tribute to Himalaya Healers For All Reasons, Vijay S. Jodha Miles to Go The Lifeline of Pocharam
Anathavalam-The Elephants' Paradise Healers or All Reasons Mindless Mining - The Tragedy of Kudremukh The Lions of the Gir
and the bamboo blooms Honey Hunters of the Blue Mountains narmada diary The living fossil - indian horseshoe crab
Aranya Yatra- Ek Sukhad Anubhuti Hunting Down Water NEEM: The Green Gold Mine The PAAL System
Bargad Ne Kaha Dekho Meri Duniya In Troubled Waters NEEMI – Paani Se Doodh Ki Kahani (NEEMI - A Tale of Milking Water) The Policing Langur
Behind the Glitter Indian Leopards - The Killing Fields Ode to a River The Ridley’s Last Stand
Bhalku….Ek Engineer Inside Ladakh - Chang Thang On The Fence The Soul of the Sand-Camel
Bio Control of Teak Defoliator Invocations to the Mountain Goddess Only an Axe Away The Tidal Life of Krishna
Biological Paradise of Andhra Pradesh it's our future too Operation Gajraj The Wailing Glaciers
Birds Through My Window Jal Hi Jeevan - Jal Sanrakshan Osobhano (The Hunt) The Way
Buddha Weeps in Jadugoda Jal, Jungle Aur Jeevan Panna-Jewel of Central India the wings of kokkre, bellur
Bugyal (Pastures) Jalam: Jeevante Amruthu (Water – The Elixir of Life) Pastoral Politics To Corbett With Love
Butterflies of Thanuppanchola Jardhar Diary Rainbows of Dark Sky Toda Stories, Anjali Panjabi
call of the forest Johad - "A Source of Water" Return to the Wild turf wars : Conservation Claims in the Great Himalayan National Park
Chaliyar : The Final Struggle Jungle Tales : Surviving Development in Uttara Kannada River Taming Mantras Under the Sun
Chandi Ka Samander Just Another Death Samatenay Sahajnay ka Vigyan (Tanka and Kuin) Vedanthangal - Winter Heaven for Birds
Cherrapunji-Rain, Rain Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink Kaippuneeru (The Bitter Drink) Sarang The Peacock Voices and choices in the Great Himalayan National Park
Colours of the Earth Kanha- Protecting a Paradise Shikaar voices from ballapal
Cry of the Forest Kareem and his Forest shores of silence - whale sharks in india Vultures: Death Watch
Dance with Hands held Tight Know Their Land the 18th elephant - 3 monologues Whose Water
Development at Gun Point Kurinhithinayilude The Apatani of Arunachal Pradesh Wild Dog Whisling Hunters
Development flows from the barrel of a Gun Ladakh - The Land of Mystery The Beauty of Dragons Wild India 24 Hours
Devta Activists Ladakh-A fragile Heritage The Dying Beauty Wildlife Plus
Devta Activists, Sanjay Barnela Langur Business The Fight for Survival Willing To Sacrifice
Doodhatoli Leopards of Bollywood The Fine Balance, Darshan Dave wings of change
Dui Paatan ke Beech Mein (Between The Devil and The Deep River) Let live…Snakes The Golden Bird Woods Were Lovely Dark and Deep
echoes from the jungles Life is Beautiful (fill in the blank) The Green Warriors - Apatanis Words on Water
eden of hope Lion tailed macaque - An endangered primate of the Western Ghat


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