Watch films covering a wide range of issues from gender rights, alternative paradigms of development, conservation of the ecology and environment, globalisation and ethics of the media in a regulated world.
The FOREST RIGHTS ACT
The Forest Rights Act (FRA), for the first time in 2006, granted tribal communities the right of settlement in forest areas. Till then, they were “encroachers”. Fourteen years after a historic law was formulated to give forest dwellers legal ownership of their traditional land, their fate still hangs in the balance. A recent Supreme Court verdict, which almost made their eviction imminent, has brought the focus back on the complex rights recognition process under the Forest Rights Act. The forests of India are home to 8 per cent of the country's population and they are the keepers of traditional knowledge and forest conservation practices.
Produced by Srishti Films
Screened at Vikalp @ Prithvi Film Festival, One Billion Rising South Asia Film Festival, ICCR Consortium 10th Anniversary Festival
ATREE Banni Series
The Banni Grasslands Reserve in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat in West India was known to be Asia's largest grasslands. Home to the elusive indian and desert foxes and the endangered Great Indian Bustard, the landscape has changed dramatically over the past few decades due to human intervention. The two film series explores the impact of the invasive species Prosopis Juliflora introduced by the government of India, on the ecology, environment and livelihoods in Banni.
Produced by ATREE & Srishti Films
VIKALP SANGAM Series
Srishti Films in partnership with Kalpavriksh, produced a series of films on alternative initiatives in India. Sustainable livelihoods for pastoralists in Rajasthan to preserving local heritage in Kerala, the need for community conservation in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh, peoples’ initiative against unsustainable development in Sikkim, sustainable architecture for tribals in Tamil Nadu and gender rights in Karnataka are a few of the issues tackled by this series.
Produced by Kalpavriksh & Srishti Films
An expirmental film set in Bangalore, India that examines the paradoxes and tensions inherent in India’s "information city." The film explores peoples relationships with information and freedom in the 21st century. Featuring performances by Peter Wintonick and Noam Chomsky. Co-funded by the UK Film Council & Babelgum, the film premiered at the Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Liverpool in 2010 and was released as an episodic web series on Babelgum.
Produced by the UK Film Council & Babelgum
The National Bank of Rural & Agricultural Development has set up various agricultural and non farming initiatives in rural development in the North Eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram & Manipur. These series of films are case studies of their success stories in the region.
Produced by NABARD