Eco/Social Films: To Wake-Buddhi, Save Ganga Save Himalaya, Rural Women's, The Rising, Rishikesh from Above
plus HUMANITARIAN & CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PANEL with Filmmakers
March 16 @ 11am-1pm
TO WAKE – BUDDHI - Director – Yakima Wane - When Janisha Marchal walks through the forest surrounding her home in Kullu, the forest talks to her; in return, she listens. Janisha, at just five years old, is a prime example of the power of women as protectors of nature. Janisha was born with a nerve disorder known as Erb’s palsy, which has rendered her right arm immobile; this doesn’t stop her from becoming an ambassador, a teacher and a mentor for an entire generation of protectors and activists. To Wake – Buddhi is a touching portrayal of an incredibly special young girl and her quest to save the forest she loves.
SAVE GANGA SAVE HIMALAYA - Director – Brian Nager - World Renowned Indian Lawyer and Environmental Activist, M.C. Mehta, and Himalayan Master, Sri Svami Purna Maharaj, speak about how on one hand we worship the Ganga and Himalaya and on the other hand we pollute. This needs to stop. In order to protect the beautiful living heritage of spiritual practitioners seeking refuge and connection at the Lap of Mother Ganga, we must strive to protect Her as She strives to protect us. It is in the hands of the people to wake up protect Mother Ganga and the Himalayas. They are our refuge, our souls home.
RURAL WOMEN’S SILENT REVOLUTION - Director – Judit Algueró - Six women from rural Andhra Pradesh, India, share how they defied their destiny. A doctor, a university student, an entrepreneur, a graduate, a woman with disability and a farmer tell us their stories of personal growth. Producer: Rural Development Trust is an NGO working on the empowerment of rural communities in India in their struggle to eradicate poverty and injustice. Founded in 1969, the organisation implements integrated development programme in Anantapur, Kurnool districts and the Srisailam forest area in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
THE RISING - Director – Deepa Adhicari - The tracts of India that face the acutest developmental challenges, and, at the same time, bear the greatest burden of the country’s aggressive developmental excesses, are regions where its indigenous people live. We bring you, through this film, representative voices of thousands of tribal people belonging to over 100 tribal groups who came together in the 2017 edition — to workshop, brainstorm, learn from and interact with change-makers, and train in social, entrepreneurial and professional leadership.The display of tribal ideas and culture at Samvaad is a proclamation of identity, a call for rights to land ownership and self-governance, and an assertion of the richness of knowledge and life systems, which are based on kindness and moderation in relation to all sentient beings and Nature.
RISHIKESH FROM ABOVE - Yoga Around the World - Stunning aerial view of Rishikesh. Won BEST DRONE VIDEO at RIFF 2018!