Private Project

Legends of Hollongapar

Legends of Hollongapar is a documentary film on the biodiversity significance and associated conservation issues of Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, a small protected area of 2098 hectare situated in the state of Assam in the northeastern part of India. Hollongapar is famous for its remarkable primate diversity, with seven different species inhabiting together and a range of other globally threatened wildlife and plant species. This film represents the biodiversity of Hollongapar and also focusses on basic information on four of the globally threatened primates, namely the Western hoolock gibbon, capped langur, stump-tailed macaque and pig-tailed macaque. Some of the key conservation concerns for the wildlife sanctuary, such as isolation, human-wildlife conflict, fragmentation of the forest patch and threats in form of pollutants have been discussed here, together with portraying the perception of local inhabitants directly associated with the forest towards its wildlife and associated issues. Thus, besides the biodiversity significance, the film is providing the locals a platform to share their concerns along with a way forward towards conservation.

  • Udayan Borthakur
  • Udayan Borthakur, Munmita Boruah, Mitrajit Deb
  • Media Production & Communication Division, Aaranyak
  • Assam State Biodiversity Board
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    Expository, Wildlife
  • Runtime:
    32 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 24, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
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  • Wildlife Conservation FIlm Sestival
    New York, NY
    United States
    World Premiere
    Official selection
  • South Asian Short FIlm Festival
    Kolkata, India
    Indian Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Udayan Borthakur

Udayan Borthakur is an avid wildlife photographer and biodiversity explorer for past one and a half decade, who has ventured into filmmaking in past two years. His work can be viewed in his website ( as well as in form of publications in several magazines, books and reports of national and international repute. His primary interest lies in using photography and filmmaking as a media for mass awareness towards biodiversity conservation. In addition, his work as a photographer and explorer has led to several discoveries on unknown wildlife species in North East India.

Udayan Borthakur is currently working with Aaranyak, a scientific research organization in India, as the founder head of its Media Production & Communications Division and Wildlife Genetics Division. He has 15 years of experience in the field of ecological and genetic research and have previously worked in places like University of Chicago, USA and Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. As a biologist, he has worked on several globally threatened species such as Royal Bengal tiger, greater one-horned rhino in India, White-bellied Heron and snow leopards in Bhutan and Javan and Sumatran rhinos in Indonesia. He is a member of IUCN SSC Asian Rhino Specialist Group and Heron Specialist Group as well.

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