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Jardhar Diary   English/29mins/2002
The film is about a village called Jardhar tucked away in the hills of the Garhwal Himalayas. The villagers of Jardhar Gaon and a few surrounding villages 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. It’s amazing but all this is happening in and around the village Jardhar. 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.

Producer: Krishendu Bose, Earthcare Films

Enquiries
Earthcare Films
B-91, Defence Colony
New Delhi 110024
Email: earthcare@vsnl.com, adminearthcare@vsnl.net
Tel: 91-11-24334171, 24332005
Johad - "A Source of Water"   Hindi/10mins/1999
The film portrays Johad – a traditional watershed practice in Rajasthan, which provides water for irrigation, drinking and other domestic purpose and increases biomass productivity i.e. food grain, milk and milk products due to increased water availability.

Producer/Director: Kuldeep Sinha/Swadesh Kumar Pathak, Films Division, Mumbai

Enquries:
Films Division, 24, Dr.Gopalrao Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai 400 026
Email: filmsd@bom4.vsnl.net.in
Tel: 91-22-23861421/23/61
Fax: 91-22-23800308
Jungle Tales : Surviving Development in Uttara Kannada   52 min. 1999, English subtitles
Uttara Kannada in Karnataka is one of the most densely forested districts in India. Development projects in the district have displaced one out of every ten inhabitants. The film examines the livelihood and survival issues of the forest dependent communities against the backdrop of the destruction of a fragile and versatile ecosystem in the Western Ghats region, and State interventions towards Joint Forest Management, funded by multi-lateral Aid Agencies.

Directors: K.P.Jayasankar and Anjali Monteiro.
Enquiries:
Unit for Media Communication,
Tata Institute of Social sciences,
Deonar, Mumbai 400088
Ph: 91 22 556 3289
Fax: 91 22 556 2912
E-mail: umctiss@vsnl.com
Just Another Death   (Marathi/25min/2004/DV)
The film focuses on snakes crushed to death due to heavy vehicular traffic on roads passing through forest. An independent survey, conducted at Mahabaleshwar in Western Ghats , lead to an alarming figure of 172 snakes of 12 different species crushed to death on surfaced roads, in eight days. The area was just 250 sq.kms with about 100 sq.kms of network of surfaced roads. The purpose of the film is also to create awareness in common people, about these un-intentional, but unfortunate deaths happening on roads passing through forests.

Producer/Director: Vilas Kane
Kaippuneeru (The Bitter Drink)   Malayalam/24mins/2003
For the past one year, Plachimada village, located in Palakkad, of Kerala, has been in the thick of controversy. People from about 1,000 households, including several women belonging to Eravalar and Malasar tribal communities, have been holding demonstrations and staging sit-ins in front of the Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages factory complex. The film chronicles the struggle of the most marginalised section of the Indian Society, the tribal community; it also discusses the issue of the ownership of natural resources, mainly water.

Producer/Director: C. Saratchandran/P. Baburaj

Enquiries:
Jyotsna, Temple Road, Thirumala,
Thiruvananthapuram 695006
Kerala.
Ph: 91 11 363164, 541355
E-mail: sarat@satyam.net.in
Kanha- Protecting a Paradise   (English/17 mins/2004/MiniDV)
Kanha National Park , in Madhya Pradesh, is one of the most well known Project Tiger reserves in India . It is a veritable wildlife paradise, visited by about 50,000 people every year. The reserve's star attractions are its tigers and visitors are rarely disappointed in their quest to see one of these magnificent big cats in the wild. But what does it take to protect Kanha's tigers and other wildlife? In a country of one billion people and innumerable pressures, how does a reserve like Kanha manage to thrive?

Producer/Director: Shekar Dattatri
Kareem and his Forest   (English/12min/2002/Beta)
Kasargod in Kerala is known for its peculiar topography. Drinking water is scarce everywhere in Kasargod, but not in the village of Puliamkulam . Here water is in plenty even in summer. Thanks to the sustained efforts of Abdul Kareem in raising a forest. The forest now has a number of varieties of wild trees and herbs. The soil has become fertile and its water holding capacity has increased.

Producer/Director: Abdu Raoof A I
Know Their Land   (English/28 min/2005/beta)
The film focuses on the issues concerning the degradation of natural resources particularly land, water and forests. It also highlights the efforts of Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD), an NGO, aimed at halting and reversing the trends of degradation. Development of pasture land and joint forest management with local tribal communities for conservation and regeneration in Sabarkantha, Chittaurgarh and Udaipur are the landmark success stories in the film. The film also shows the activities of ‘Dalin ka Dagadia'(Friends of Trees), a local group of Tehri Garhwal in mid Himalayas,Uttaranchal, whose efforts have made it customary that every girl in the region must plant a tree before her wedding ceremony, and this has become an important ritual.

Producer/Director: Faiyaz Dilbar
Kurinhithinayilude   (Malayalm/38min/2001/beta)
The Western Ghats ranges is one of the 18 biological hotspots and the flora and fauna inhabiting this grassland is rich in diversity with certain endangered species setting this place as their abode. The film throws light on these species and the humans inhabiting with these species. This documentary explores the Nilgiri mountain ranges and the life patterns of different life forms unique to this region.

Producer: Centre for Development of imaging technology(C-DIT)

Director: K Mohan Kumar
Ladakh - The Land of Mystery   (English/44mins/2003/Beta)
Ladakh-the land of many passes, is acivilization, aworld of its own. One of the World's greatest rivers Sindhu, is its lifeline. Nowhere in India , is man so dependent on nature. The film shows the beauty of the land, the clouds, the mountains, the rivers, wildlife and the beautiful wild flowers. How these flowers and mountains are touched by the wind of differing powers in nature, some rubbing them heavily, some touchig them softly, some brushing them lovingly.

The extraordinary Nubra valley and its beauty, the Pengyong-so Lake and its pain for the uprooted people of Tibet , are very much present in this film. Like the land , people are also beautiful and different. Buddhism is not only a religion for them it is a way of life. Being hidden inside the Himalayan ranges, with a unique way of living, are these people away from the complexities of the modern survival process? Is their trust and environment getting exploited?

Producer/Director: Biyot Projna Tripathy
Ladakh-A fragile Heritage   (English/21mins/2002/Beta)
A documentation of conservation initiatives of WWF, India in the Ladakh region. The focus of the film is to highlight the main emphasis of the initiatives, which is on conservation of the selected high altitude wetlands of the Tibetan steppe region, which has been prioritized for special concern by the WWF network. The film introduces the viewers to the rich natural and cultural heritage of Ladakh, traversing through its scenic beauty and exploring the biodiversity values and the impending threats. While exploring the natural heritage the film also describes the various conservation strategies that have been adopted and are being implemented in co-operation with various stakeholders like the Army, the nomadic Changpas, the local administration, the schools, the tour operators etc. The film also highlights the bondage that the local community shares with the environment. It also highlights that WWF-India strongly believes that Ladakh essentially belongs to its people, and degradation can only be prevented by them and changes can only be initiated by them.

Producer: WorldWideFund for Nature (WWF)

Director: Himanshu Malhotra
Langur Business   (English/27mins/2005/Beta)
India is the land of biodiversity with thousands of different kinds of species found from Northern Himalayan region to Southern coastal region. In Tripura, we find a beautiful species called Phayeris Langur. Many people call them Spectacle monkey as white rings encircling the eyes give them an appearance of being bespectacled.

Producer/Director: Dr.Sukarna Deb
Leopards of Bollywood   (English/47min/2004/Digital Beta)
The film tells the frightening story of leopards that have struck terror in the suburbs of Mumbai , India 's commercial and film hub, popularly known as Bollywood. Around the sets lurks a silent stalker. Coming to work can sometimes mean death. Who will be the next victim? Unfolding in the shadow of Bollywood is a fascinating real life plot. Leopards of Bollywood follow Prakash Thosre, a senior forest officer and a leopard specialist, who has been called in to the Film City of Mumbai to solve a nasty man-animal conflict. Leopards residing in the adjoining Sanjay Gandhi National park have struck fear in the minds of the film crew and locals. There have been 44 attacks on humans.

Producer: Nikhil J Alva

Director: Animitra Chakravarti
Let live…Snakes   (English/11 mins/2005/Mini DV)
A god to some…a devil to some………..a creature to none….thus goes the story of snakes. It is both worshipped and punished. For ages, the symbolism of the snakes has remained a mystery. The documentary tries to portray the myths and facts about snakes.

Producer/Direcctor: B. Prem Anand
Life is Beautiful (fill in the blank)   (English/24min/2005/MiniDV)
The film is about wildlife conservation efforts with specific reference to big cats.

The film talks of reasons that can be understood for the extinction of big cats; how saving them is related to other wildlife survival; the conservation efforts being made at various levels; the debate on the approach towards conservation efforts; the probable steps that should be followed as conservation efforts from public opinion and how killing a tiger destroys beauty from life.

Producer: Deepak Sharma and Deepak Shah

Director: Sanyogita Sharma
Lion tailed macaque - An endangered primate of the Western Ghat   (English/14min/2003/beta)
Probably one of the most primitive of all the macaques is the Lion –Tailed Macaque, endemic to the Western Ghats of South India , are on the verge of extinction. The IUCN Red data book mentions only 3500 are left in the wild. The prolonged inter-birth interval and fragmented rainforest are all taking a toll on these magnificent macacques.

Producer: Educational Multimedia Research Centre(EMMRC)

Director: J K Siddeswara
Living With Giants   (English/50 min/Mini DVand super 16)
A film about Asian Elephants which is also a visual journey from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and North Bengal, to the bhabar and terai wilderness of Corbett Tiger Reserve and Rajaji National Park. It also traverses the southern jungles of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, home to the single largest population of Wild Asian elephants.

The most up to date and accurate documentation of the state of elephant conservation in India , the film explores the relationship between man and elephants.

Besides authentic dramatic footage of action packed man-elephant interface, the program also contains classic material on the natural history of the Asian elephant in the wild.

Producer: Shanthi Chandola

Director: Ashish Chandola
Living With The Park, Ranthambore National Park, India   English/2005/24 minutes
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan is perhaps the most popular tourist destination to watch tigers in the wild. But despite the tourist dollars, the Park’s main attraction, the Bengal Tiger is in danger of getting decimated here, as it has already happened in Sariska. Is it time we looked outside the park for the reasons, at the humanity which is living outside, their lives still connected to the Park- the people who are living with the Park?

This short film from WildBytes.tv, is a look at the popular tiger reserve as an integrated universe comprising its animals and people in the adjoining areas. The forest connects the two and neither one can flourish without the other. So is the policy of segregating the park as a preserve for animals alienating the people who lived in harmony with the park for decades, helping the Park? There are no quick answers. The camera shows people around the Park voicing their pride in and reservations about the Park. Is the Park management listening? For in the interest of preservation it seems foolish to ignore the distilled wisdom of people whose lives are in tune with nature.

The questions the film raises are:
1) Can we integrate life outside the Park with efforts at preservation?
2) Do the people living around the Park have a stake in protecting the Park and its animals?

3) Given a stake in the health of the park, a role in running it, will they develop a sense of pride and protect the animals inside?
4) Can conservationists help people living with the Park, see the linkage of the Park with their own well-being?
5) Will these people who have lived in harmony with the Park for many years, then develop a stake and pride in the Park and its animals?
Lost Wilderness   (English/16mins/2005/DV)
This documentary highlights the key issue of man-animal conflict that the Sanjay Gandhi National Park faces. Popularly known as the Borivli National park , this nature reserve is one of the few national parks in the world to be surrounded by a metropolis.

The film is an effort to highlight the work of those who have been fighting to get back the rights of those innocent creatures who have lost their home, their habitat, their reason to live and also the legal tussle between few self centred, politically motivated people and the conservationists who are striving to get back the rights of the animals of the National Park.

Producer/Director: Ginni Suri
Man vs Nature : The Struggle Eternal   21 min/1997
This video narrates the existential struggle between Man and Nature. In Kerala, over the years the land slides have been responsible for thousands of deaths and an incalculable amount of damage to the property. Man did not accept the fact that the ecological balance has been shattered and the Nature is losing its balance.

Director: Pradeep Nair
Enquiries:
Film Buff Productions, Mani Mandir
Kumaranalloor, Kottayam
Kerala Tel: 91 481 562856
Mangroves of Sundarban   English/24mins/2001
This is a documentary film about Man and Mangrove of Sunderbans. The Sunderban is the world’s largest delta area, where the Ganga & Brahmaputra rivers meet at the Bay of Bengal. In fact, 65% of the total Mangrove forest of India are located in the district of North and South 24 Parganas, which are spread over the 9360 sqr. Kilometers.

Producer: Bankim and A.K. Bhattacharya, Films Division, Mumbai

Enquiries:
Films Division, 24, Dr.Gopalrao Deshmukh Marg
Mumbai 400 026
Email: filmsd@bom4.vsnl.net.in
Tel: 91-22-23861421/23/61
Fax: 91-22-23800308
Miles to Go   English/58mins/2003
A bus journey across India – 7 states, 6000 kilometers in just 60 days. But this would be unlike any other journey. The chosen destinations will never feature in a tourist brochure of “must – see”, this is the story of India’s forgotten backyards, of people brushed under the carpet of indifference and apathy; a story of individuals fighting all odds for their basic rights – a story of a thousand revolutions in a thousand Bhopal.

Producer/Director: Elephant Corridor Films/Nina Subramani

Enquiries:
elephantcorridor@hotmail.com
Mindless Mining - The Tragedy of Kudremukh   (English/12 mins/2003/MiniDV)
In the Western Ghats of Karnataka, right in the heart of the Kudremukh National Park , a huge iron ore mining operation has been destroying the hills for over twenty years. Every year heavy monsoon rains wash the loose soil on the mined slopes into the Bhadra river, leading to erosion and siltation on a massive scale. Floods caused by this siltation and erosion leave a thick sludge of iron ore on the fields of farmers cultivating along the banks of the Bhadra, greatly reducing th efertilty of the soil. While the hills have been stripped bare, a 100 metre deep valley has been filled to the brim with the tailings left over from iron ore extraction. This disastrous mining project is one of the worst examples of the rape of India 's wild areas.

Producer/Director: Shekhar Dattatri
narmada diary   60min/Hindi with English subtitles
Since 1985, opposition to the Sardar sarovar dam has grown in the form of the Narmada Bachao Andolan-the Save Narmada Movement. This film, which is based on a 'video diary' kept by the filmmakers from 1990 onwards, documents the history of the Narmada Bachao Andolan over four years.

Enquiries:
Anand Patwardhan
27, Vincent Square, 2nd Floor
Dadar, Mumbai400 014
NEEM: The Green Gold Mine   English/18mins 30secs/1995
The film educates the viewers on the importance of Neem (Azadirachta Indica), an evergreen, large, robust tree, found to grow anywhere in the Indian sub-continent. Neem is always been synonymous with ‘Bitterness’, which is due to a wide array of chemicals found in every part of this tree. The most important compounds found in Neem are – oil and limonoids.

Producer: Vinod Sati, EMRC, Jai Narayan Vyas University

Enquiries:
Educational Media Research Centre
St. Xaviers College, 50, circus Avenue
Calcutta 700 017
Email: director@emrc.org
Tel: 91-33-22800627

 
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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