MORISIKA: The story of the boatman
The “boatman” is a metaphor for connecting threads much as the boatmen themselves in Assam connect people and livelihoods. This film positions itself as an intersection between society-art- nature through the medium of creative non-fiction. It traces the personal histories of people whose lives are intertwined with the river during the 19th, 20th and 21st century. Stories of seasonal changes, biodiversity, mythologies, folk music are all a testimony to the common man’s relationship with land and water. Their resilience in the face of challenges due to natural calamities fuelled by climate change and their struggle to understand their own sense of identity and history in a landscape that is fast vanishing is the thread that brings it all together. This film is an attempt to leave behind a document for them, made by them.
Produced by: Vandana Menon
Directed by: Vandana Menon & Debashish Nandi
Associate Director: Arghadeep Barua
COLONIES IN CONFLICT
A feature length documentary film under the direction of Ms. Rajani Mani. A story from India that turns the mirror to the plight of India’s wild honeybees as they navigate through the fast-changing environment that is bringing them face to face with the possibility of mass annihilation.
Produced by: Elephant Corridor Films
Winner Independent Production Award, Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022
Finalist Jackson Wild Media Awards 2022
Excellence Nature Without Borders International Film Festival 2022
Nominated Van Lawick Conservation Award, Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022
Official Selection Matsalu Nature Film Festival 2022
Official Selection Wildlife Conservation Film Festival 2022
Official Selection All Living Things Environmental Film Festival 2022
Official Selection Seattle Film Festival 2022
Colonies in Conflict
Young voices in the time of Corona.
CoVISIONS is a collection of short films by young filmmakers across five continents available as a series and a feature omnibus, telling intimate stories about their experience of Covid-19. With insight and honesty, the filmmakers tackle themes such as family, loneliness, revolution, disappointment - and make unexpected discoveries about their loved ones, their societies, and themselves. Available as an omnibus feature or a shorts series.
Curated and Produced by Marcia Jarmel & Hervé Cohen
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
Winner Indian short films at ALT EFF 2022
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 wolf, desert fox, desert cat and the endangered great Indian bustard, the landscape has changed dramatically over the past few decades due to human intervention. The two part 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.
Co-produced by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment and Srishti Films.
Produced by: ATREE & Srishti Films
Srishti Films in partnership with Kalpavriksh has 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, peoples’ initiative against unsustainable development, following traditional beliefs in Sikkim, sustainable architecture and gender rights are a few of the issues tackled by this series.
Produced by: Srishti Films & Kalpavriksh