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NEEMI – Paani Se Doodh Ki Kahani (NEEMI - A Tale of Milking Water)   English/24mins/2002
Neemi is the story of a village, where a people’s movement changed the barren village’s destiny by reviving traditional methods of water harvesting. Today, the people of this village are self-reliant. Neemi has been selected as a model village by UNDP, to be replicated by poor and developing countries that are in dire need of cost effective methods for growth and sustainability. The film focuses on the efforts of Magsaysay Award winner Rajender Singh.

Producer: Vinay Rai and Meenakshi Rai, Leoarts Communication

Leoarts Communication
A-103, LGF, Amar Colony,Lajpat Nagar-IV,
New Delhi-110024
Tel: 91-11-26488898/26408343
Ode to a River   (English/7mins/2005/Digital Beta and Mini DV)
‘Ode to a River' is a personal expression of loss of natural wealth, energy and beauty. The river symbolizes this expression. River is the hear of al life. All life forms live in harmony with each other. Man intervenes in this cycle. He becomes one with nature. He worships the river, and the river in turn blesses him. Then begins the more paradoxical period, the man's violation against the river. The river here is synonymous with all rivers and is an expression of people's struggle all around the world. Caught in this vicious cycle is man, both the destroyer and the victim.

Producer: Department of Electronic media, Bangalore University

Director: Vrinda Samartha
On The Fence   29 min, 1997
The film travels through the history of the 25 year old Chipko Movement in Garhwal Himalaya. The film specially dwells on the role of women in the movement. It looks at the hardship and trauma of hill women, venturing longer distances for firewood and water, as the hill ecology is degraded over the years. The film ends with vital questions on the ecological status of the region and the impact the Chipko movement has had on the life of the Himalayan people.

Directors: Pramod and Neelima Mathur.
Doordarshan, Mandi House,
Copernicus Marg,
New Delhi
Tel: 91 11 3385128
Only an Axe Away   (Malayalam/40min/2004/DV)
This film narrates the history of the unique campaign to save the Silent Valley from destructive development. Silent Valley was declared a National Park 20 years ago in 1984. But the threat to Silent Valley does not cease to exist! The Kerala State Electricity Board plans to build a dam on the fringes of the Silent Valley National Park at Pathrakadavu across the river Kunthi. Nature lovers are concerned that the proposed dam will harm the pristine Ever Green Forests in the Valley. The film shares the anxiety of the people of Kerala about the future of the Silent Valley .

Producer: Third Eye Communications

Director: P. Baburaj and C. Saratchandran
Operation Gajraj   (English/8 mins/2005/DV)
The film is based on a true event and the shots used are original. On 4 April 2004 , in the late evening hours two wild elephants from the forests near Ranchi had entered the capital city of Jharkhand . Next morning the whole of Ranchi was in panic. The forest officials worked to guide the elephants safely to the Horhap forests adjacent to Ranchi .

The film silently put forth the question before public as to why and how the urban areas are expanding by destroying and fragmenting the habitat of wildlife.

Producer/Director: Diksha Kumari Prasad
Osobhano (The Hunt)   (English/23mins/2003/Mini DV)
The film attempts to capture the ways of life of the Lotha tribe in Nagaland. Although the ways are traditional, some of them are taking a toll on the environment and the ecology.

Traditionally, the Nagas are food gatherers and they hunted anything that moved in the jungle. An overwhelming number of people have realized that indiscriminate hunting

is wiping out the animals and an ever-increasing variety of animal species have become rare.

The film tries to see how the slash, burn and shifting cultivation technique employed by the Lothas and the other nagas have a very adverse effect. They burn the forest and all the vegetations in the hill slopes and use the barren slopes to cultivate wheat and other cash crops.

Producer/Director: Anuj Singh
Panna-Jewel of Central India   (English/15min/2003/Mini DV)
Set in the central Vindhyan plateau, the 543 Panna Tiger Reserve in northern Madhya Pradesh has some of the finest scenery in an Indian national Park. Imposing plateaus and deep gorges lend a stark beauty to this rugged landscape, which also has the magnificent Ken River running through it.

For most visitors to Panna, the tiger is its main attraction. But the Park is also home to a wide variety of other wildlife, including leopard, sloth bear, sambhar, chital, chosingha and chinkara. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded.

Producer/Director: Shekar Dattatri
Pastoral Politics   29 min. 1996
This documentary focuses on two issues: first, the logic that underlies Gaddi herder land use practices in Himachal Pradesh, and second, the ecological and cultural stereotypes that underpin Forest Department's attempts to curtail herders' access to forests. While documenting some unknown facets of the Gaddis' lifestyle, it argues the need for more imaginative conservation policies, more supportive herding without compromising environmental quality.

Directors: Sanjay Barnela and Vasant Saberwal.
Moving images,
Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi-110070.
Tel: 91 11 6893384
Fax: 91 11 6893384.
Rainbows of Dark Sky   (Assamese/15min/2005/beta)
The film is about conserving aqua fauna especially fresh water ornamental fish of the north east. It focuses on the human interference in the natural sustainable life circle flow of these aquatic creatures. Due to mindless fishing, habitat destruction and overall indifferent attitude of our people these beautiful living beings are on the verge of extinction. Presently one hardly spots them in any of our water bodies.

Producer/Director: Sanjib B Bharadwaj
Return to the Wild   (English/7min/2004/beta)
Sunderbans tiger reserve in India has the largest mangrove forests in the world and is the only mangrove where tigers are found. Tigers often stray into village areas and are attacked and killed by the locals.

Recently a tiger strayed into Bali village mauling a woman and a boy and hid inside a house. The tigress was finally tranquilized by the forest department. The Bali Nature and Wildlife conservation Society and WWF members tried to pacify the large crowd which assembled to watch and kill the tigress. She was then translocated and released on the Eastern edge of Sunderbans.

Producer/Director: Himanshu Malhotra
River Taming Mantras   (Hindi and English/30 mins/2004/DV)
Large parts of Eastern India are subject to annual flooding. Over the last 50 years the Government has built14,000 kilometers of embankments in an attempt to tame the rivers of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar , Assam and Orissa. Despite this massive expenditure, losses due to flooding and the area that is now vulnerable to flooding has increased. 16% of Bihar is now permanently waterlogged, a direct consequence of the construction of embankments. River Taming Mantras explores the technological, economic and political rationale that underlies the adoption of such flood control measures. The film argues that because these rivers carry an enormous amount of silt load, they have enormous power. Attempts to control these rivers are unlikely to succeed. On the other hand, the vast sums spent on the building and maintenance of these embankments provides endless opportunities for the siphoning of funds. Flood relief is a milk cow no one wants to see go dry. Ultimately, it is the poor people who suffer-migrating to other states, towns and cities in search of food and water.

Producer: Moving Images

Director: Sanjay Barnela and Vasant Saberwal
Samatenay Sahajnay ka Vigyan (Tanka and Kuin)   Hindi/25mins/2002
The film makes a serious effort to understand the traditional, popular and successful water conservation methods. The film was shot in the semi desert area of Rajasthan, which registered an average annual rainfall of 60 to 100mm, but had centuries old traditional methods of water conservation. These are known by the name of Taanka and Kuin. In this film we will examine these water collection methods. How they were made and what are the socio-economic and cultural aspects of these methods.

Producer: K. Raakesh, Comnet Videotech

Comnet Videotech, 6A, Pocket 6, Mayur Vihar III
Kondle New Delhi-110096
Fax: 91-11-261004
Sarang The Peacock   22 min 1999
The film examines the Indian peafowl from hatching to adulthood through a story told by the camera. 'Sarang' in Hindi, is a word which has multiple meanings, one of which is the peacock. Some of the other meanings are, sun, clouds, frogs, snakes etc. All these form an integral part of the natural habitat of the peacock and form the backdrop for the peafowls featured in the film. The peacock was declared India's national bird in 1963 but few, if any, films have been devoted entirely to this magnificent bird.

The peacock is a fine example of much that is Indian in idiom, music and rhythm. The film is a sensitive portrayal of the bird's relationship with nature, its habitat, its interface with the earthy village landscape, the music it lives and dances to, be it the classical raagas or the clouds and the rain. Sarang is also a classical Hindustani raaga that is visualized in the courtship dance of the peacock.

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Dr.Susan Sharma
C-2490, SushantLok Phase I
Gurgaon, Haryana 122002
Telephone: 91 124 5045330/331
Shikaar   (Bengali/10min/2004/MiniDV)
A beautiful day dawns, caressed by the morning star's shine, after a long cold night at the forest. The weary spirit of the buck that has evaded the predator's grasp all through this night is rejuvenated. He wades down to the river and suddenly all the serenity is broken by a strange sound.

Producer: Bikramaditya Guha Roy

Director: Saurav Dutta
shores of silence - whale sharks in india   (English/24min)
As a 10-year-old boy, filmmaker Mike Pandey sailed from Africa to India by ship. Throughout the journey he was mesmerized by huge creatures that swam alongside his ship. Nearly 40 years after the crossing, the memory of these creatures in the Arabian Sea urged him to look for them again. He traveled all along the Gujarat coast with his crew in search of the whale shark. After a year, they finally found them. But this time the story was tragically different. The whale shark of his memory no longer basked free in the ocean-they were being hunted.

Director: Mike Pandey

Riverbank Studios,
C-18, Chirag Enclave,
New Delhi 110048,
India Tel: 9111-6410684/6216508
Fax: 911-6216508
the 18th elephant - 3 monologues   (English/63min)
The chained and caprisoned elephant is ubiquitous symbol of all public festivities, religious and secular, and the tourism industry of the state of Kerala. Mot people do not know the extent of the agony and the brutality the elephant is subjected to keep this glamorous facade. The terrible torture in the name of taming, training etc. is accepted by most as 'normal'. The spectacle of the heavily chained captive elephant led by mahouts armed with sticks and goads has become o familiar a sight that the elephant's sorry plight has become naturalized in the average Malayalee's psyche. Stories and myths abound especially about temple elephants portraying them a actually enjoying their situation, taking pride in their status as 'divine servants'. These have only further blocked the possibility of seeing the elephant as a living being in its own right, with its own unique place and function in Nature's scheme of things. Despite his high intellectual capacity, man refuses to comprehend any language other than his own-call it insensitivity o willful ignorance. The format of 'monologue ' was chosen by the director, making the elephant talk in man's tongue. Man has driven many creatures to extinction- some of these extinct species are cast as sponsor of the film.

Director P. Balan

Anmpu Media Trust and Sivani Creations Edathodam,
South Eroor, Post Tripunithura,
Ernakulam, Kerala
Tel: 0484-784510/01
The Apatani of Arunachal Pradesh   (English/54min/2002/beta)
The mysterious and beautiful north east hill regin of India has been all but sealed off from the outside world. The state of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Burma and China is one of the few unspoilt wild areas in India .

The film is an exploration of the Apatani people and their life style. The unique qualities of the Apatani culture and the intrinsic wisdom of their customary way of life are documented.

The Apatani live in traditional villages and are famed for their “economic miracle” of terraced rice cultivation and the conservation of natural resources without the use of modern technology. The Apatani society exhibits an amazing level of solidarity due to their societal structure. The film documentsa ritualistic sacrifice, the time-honored Apatani legal institution of the Tribal Council, traditional Apatani wedding, funeral and burial ceremonies.

Producer: Iqbal Malhotra

Director: Anu Malhotra
The Beauty of Dragons   Hindi/25mins/2003
This is the story of one life form that not only managed to survive for more than 300 million years, but is found even in the farthest corners of the planet today. This is the story of Dragonflies. The film introduces the viewers with the striking beauty of dragons, their role in the web of life and, why and how have they managed to be around for so long. The film aims to stimulate regard for all the smaller forms of life that exist around us yet, somehow, we fail to register their beauty and role in the minds of human beings.

Producer: Gurmeet Sapal, Explorers
The Dying Beauty   (English/22min/2005/Digital beta)
The Irulas in Palkkad district, Kerala are indigenous tribals. There are still areas which are untouched by literacy and basic facilities.

Producer: Bluemount media works

Director: M. Pratap Murali
The Fight for Survival   (English/24min/2005/MiniDV)
This film focuses on the man-animal conflict, especially the fight between the elephants and the villagers for their survival. The film crew has followed these conflicts in the most remote parts of Jharkhand for over the years.

About 250 people and many elephants have lost their lives in these conflicts. The film suggests a collective effort to grow community forests for the tribals to meet their need of medicinal plants. The denuded forests could be made evergreen once again and both man and elephants would get ample space and will not encroach into each others territory.

Producer: Captain Basant Kujur

Director: Poonam Kerketta
The Fine Balance, Darshan Dave   30 min
A portrayal of the collective efforts by forest officers and voluntary organizations to attain a delicate eco-balance between the lion (the last surviving gene pool of Asiatic lion) and the Maldharies and Siddies.

P O Box 3264, Nizamuddin East
New Delhi-110 013 Tel: 91-11-24355941
Fax: 24353825
The Golden Bird   CD-ROM
This CD-ROM is a complete encyclopedia on Indian wildlife covered in separate sections for amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles. Topics like conservation and management, wildlife trade and traffic have also been examined in depth. The CD has 4000 still images comprising of photographs, artworks and line drawings in addition to 40 minutes of edited motion film. All these have been interactively linked and users can access these as well as navigate the contents of the CD through specially designed navigational screens.

For the expert and more technically inclined user, in depth data in the form of extracts of research papers and lists of references for further reading have also been provided.

Produced by: Dipti Bhalla and Kunal Verma

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The Green Warriors - Apatanis   (English/28min/2004/Beta)
The agricultural practice of the Apatanis is unique in the South East Asian cauldron of ethnicities. They are the survivors of the ever changing cultural space of the Eastern Himalayas . Apatanis are the survivors in this wonderland of traditions in spite of modernity's onslaught of Green Revolution. They have survived since time immemorial with their own indigenous agricultural temper vis-a vis mainstream Green Revolution. Apatanis have shown the rest of India how tradition blends with time and transcends the ecological nuances. That is why they are called the Green Warriors.

Producer/Director: Jyoti Prasad Das
The Home Coming   (English/15 mins/2005/DV)
With an enormous body that can grow as long as 18 meters, the whale shark is the largest living fish to be found in the world. Between November and April each year these sharks visit the coast of Gujarat . Till recently, it used to be gruesomely slaughtered for commercial purposes and the entire species suffered a threat to its survival. Spearheaded by the Wildlife Trust of India, a very creative campaign was devised to spread awareness and encourage the local communities to embrace this gentle creature as the ‘Pride of Gujarat'. This video is part of the ‘Save the Whale Shark Campaign'.

Producer: Wildlife Trust of India

Director: Sujata Kulashreshta
The Jaws of Death   (Engish/30mins/2005/Beta)
Kaziranga National Park , the home of one horned rhinoceros is a world heritage site. The national Highway 37 runs across the park on its southern front. The north is bounded by river Brahmaputra . During monsoon flood water from Brahmaputra enters the park and inundates almost 80% of its land area. As the water rises, the animals begin to move towards south for shelter. However they need to cross the national highway before they can reach the high hilly terrain of Karbi Angiong situated adjacent to the park. The innocent animals often fall victim and get crushed by te speeding vehicles. This continues unabated.

Producer/Director: Gautam Saikia

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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