People-centered Development

Two short films use the lens of indigenous peoples’ ‘way of life’ to examine environmental development. Film director and producer Dr. Purabi Bose will introduce the films and participate in the discussions after the screening.

The concept of ‘development’ will be discussed using independent ethnographic documentary films. Film as a form of storytelling is a powerful tool. In the two short films, TARA and KABZA, we listen to stories by protagonists who are real-life forest guardians. The protagonists of the films, adivasis or indigenous peoples, are culturally and linguistically diverse and represent people from all over India. Many of them have never seen a camera before; they narrate stories about what development means, and how forest and land rights intertwine with their indigenous identity.

TARA Alpinia nigra

(2017; 29 mins; English subtitles)

This film takes the audience on a tropical forest walk with Karbi tribal women from Assam, foraging for forest food. It frames the moods of the protagonists from all over tribal India about their slowly changing way of living due to extractive industries, or displacement from their forest land due to Tiger Conservation projects, or even due to the desire we as health-conscious urban dwellers develop for indigenous 'super-foods'.

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KABZA Pulling the earth under our feet

(2018; 25 mins; English subtitles)

Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha are the 'resource-curse', also known as the paradox of plenty, states of India. Till 2018, almost 100,000 hectares of forest land has been diverted for about 500 mining projects in these three states affecting forest-dependent tribal/adivasi communities. This film documents the voices of people of diverse tribes questioning the state's priority for extractive industries like coal and bauxite mining in indigenous territories.

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