Private Project

Wise Walls of Saur

Deeply moved by the significant migration in his hometown of Uttarakhand, India, Deepak Ramola and his tribe of Artists from across the world adopt a remote village called 'Saur' in Tehri Garhwal, INDIA. The team decided to collect life lessons of the whole village including the migrated families and painted them on the walls of the abandoned houses. The film documents the journey of this 600-year-old ghost village with only 12 families left becoming the first village in the world to have a documented database of life lessons from an entire community. The seeds sown bloom as opportunities for livelihood, education and reverse migration. 'Wise Walls of Saur' is a celebration of a long-forgotten village becoming an open-air classroom, rural art gallery and coming back to life with global recognition.

  • Deepak Ramola
    Director
    Director- Twice As Wise Season 1-4 (2017-2020) | Creative Producer Kashmir Creates (2019), Homespun (2019), Notes From The Field (2020) | Producer- Lessons From The Loom (2019), FUEL Human Heroes (2020)
  • Apoorva Bakshi
    Producer
    Producer- WOMB (Women of My Billion) (2021), Shut Up Sona (2020), Delhi Crime (2019), What Are The Odds? (2019), Leeches (2018)
  • Sabit Tisekar
    Director of Photography
  • Shara Sethna
    Editor
  • Yashasvi Juyal
    Editor
  • Sandesh Shandiliya
    Music
  • Teja Agsk
    Sound
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    May 27, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    English, Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Deepak Ramola

Born in India, Deepak Ramola is a filmmaker, poet and lyricist from Uttarakhand. Deepak started his career with screenwriting for digital and television shows and later transitioned to Hindi films. As a lyricist, he has penned songs for over 14 films and independent projects. 'The Wise Walls of Saur' is his debut feature-length documentary film.

He is a two-time TED Talk speaker & UN Action Plan Executor. Deepak has been appointed as the Kindness Ambassador by UNESCO MGIEP. Forwarding the understanding of life lessons of the women of the Maasai tribe to young girls in Afghanistan and to sex workers of Kamathipura, learnings from earthquake survivors in Nepal to Syrian refugees in Europe, Deepak believes in creating a unique database of learnings from common people.

Deepak is also a published author of an award-winning collection of Hindi poetry, 'Itna Toh Mai Samjh Chuka Hun', which was released in January 2018.

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Director Statement

As a child, I spent all my summer vacations at my maternal grandmother’s home in Rampur, a picturesque village in Uttarakhand, with clean air, brooks, and a lot of free time for conversation and stories. Over the years, I noticed the youth of the village increasingly migrating to the big cities in search of work, leaving behind age-old philosophies and value systems. The circumstances made me wonder what we could do to salvage the wisdom of rural life. The Wise Wall of Saur was born with the aim to document and celebrate the rural wisdom of a ghost village in Uttarakhand. The film is not only a narrative about a specific community addressing challenges but speaks of the universal sentiment of home, sense of displacement and desire to connect back to our roots. The film tells many stories of beliefs, creativity, community and the possibilities that bloom with collective action.