EVER SLOW GREEN - Re-afforestation in Auroville, South India

50 years ago, a unique afforestation project took root on an eroded desert plateau in Tamil Nadu, South India, when people from diverse countries came together to establish the international experimental township of Auroville.

Initially driven by the necessity to make the harsh conditions more liveable, the idealism of some early residents lead them to develop expertise in cultivating the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest, a rare forest type native to the coastal belt of Tamil Nadu.

Today, the lush Auroville forest is an outstanding example of eco-restoration that recreates and preserves a type of tropical forest that is on the verge of extinction.

Ever Slow Green tells the story of Auroville’s 50-years-young forest through some of the diverse characters who have dedicated their lives to bringing it to fruition.

  • Christoph Pohl
    Director
  • Christoph Pohl
    Producer
  • Lesley Branagan
    Associate Producer
  • G.P. Aravindan
    Director of Photography
  • K. Kathiravan
    Camera Assistant
  • M. Manisugan
    Camera Assistant
  • A. Anbu Prabhu
    Drone Cinematography
  • Guna Shanuram
    Drone Assistant
  • Avanes Avakian
    Field Sound Recording
  • Christoph Pohl
    Interview Sound Recording
  • Chloé Sanchez
    Bird Sound Recording
  • Greg Davis
    Music
  • Chloé Sanchez
    Additional Music
  • Christoph Pohl
    Editor
  • Marie-Pierre Lacombe
    Sound Editing Assistant
  • Nepsound - Avanes Avakian
    Sound Mixing & Mastering
  • Roeland Trauwaen
    Maps & Titles
  • Marco Saroldi
    Archive Image Editing
  • Handric Stalin
    Colorist
  • The Madras Colorist
    Digital Color Grading
  • brainfever media productions
    Production
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    environment, community, afforestation, reforestation, nature, climate, forest, international, India, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, Asia, re-afforestation, green, ecology, eco, eco-restoration, feature-length, climate change, global warming
  • Runtime:
    56 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Auroville Film Festival 2020
    Auroville
    India
    January 7, 2020
    World Premiere
    Wisdom Award
  • Rishikesh International Film Festival 2020
    Rishikesh
    India
    March 15, 2020
    Best Director - Documentary
  • Greenscreen International Wildlife Filmfestival
    Eckernförde
    Germany
    September 9, 2020
    International Premiere
    nominated: Best Newcomer
  • MAFF | Matsalu Nature Film Festival
    Lihula
    Estonia
    September 16, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Portland EcoFilm Festival
    Portland
    United States
    September 24, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Science Film Festival
    Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Iran, Kenya, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
    India
    October 1, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Eugene Environmental Film Festival
    Eugene, Oregon
    United States
    October 2, 2020
    People's Choice Award
  • Awareness Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 8, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
    Rotterdam
    Netherlands
    October 27, 2020
    nominated: Green Impact Award
  • Spirit Film Festival
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
    October 29, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary
    Bozcaada
    Turkey
    November 2, 2020
    Finalist
  • Handle Climate Change Film Festival
    Shenzhen
    China
    November 14, 2020
    Gold Award
  • tve Global Sustainability Film Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 16, 2020
    Official Selection
  • GNG Green Earth Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 16, 2020
    Official Selection
  • All Living Things Environmental Film Festival
    Panchgani
    India
    December 5, 2020
    Finalist
  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival
    Nevada City, CA
    United States
    January 14, 2021
    Official Selection
  • changeNOW summit & film festival
    Paris
    France
    May 27, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Christoph Pohl

Christoph Pohl grew up in Germany. He studied media technology engineering and worked in video and film postproduction in Hamburg and Berlin before moving to the experimental international township of Auroville, South India, in 2008.

He established brainfever media productions in 2011, and worked as Technical Director for the Auroville Film Festival 2011 – 2017. He is passionate about conserving Auroville’s forests and since 2017 he is a co-steward of one of Auroville’s forests.

He has made various non-fiction short films. Ever Slow Green is his first feature-length documentary film.

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