Film screening of “Hunting down water” and “Washed Away” followed by Q&A session with filmmaker Sanjay Barnela

 Sanjay Barnela

With a career spanning over two decades, Sanjay Barnela is one of the few environmental filmmakers in India, working in the niche area of conservation & livelihoods. An early and enduring passion for mountain climbing and trekking in the Himalayas lead Sanjay quite naturally to his choice of subject matter as a documentary filmmaker – the political interface between the environment and local communities, wildlife-human conflicts, conservation and livelihoods, customary rights of rural communities, practices of pastoral communities, and the political economy of water among others.With diversity – both cultural and environmental- remaining a core theme, Sanjay has expanded his cinematic subjects to include women leaders and women musicians across the Indian landscape. He is currently working on a film on conflict induced internal displacement. Yet, his passion for the environment endures and he is also currently working on an ambitious series of films on the Forest Rights Act.
Sanjaybegan his career in Delhi, founding Moving Images, a team of documentary filmmakers and academics, who have partnered to make a range of award winning documentary films over the last twenty years. In 2012, Sanjay joined the Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore where he has set up Srishti Films, a center dedicated to teaching professional non-fiction film making. He made plenty of documentary films and won several awards. He is also known as the ‘water’ documentary films producer of India. He was conferred the coveted PrithviRatna award in 2014 in recognition of his body of works.

 Hunting Down Water

Take the case of Somabhai Patel of Memna village in Gujarat who owns 14 borewells on his agricultural land, The water used to be at 100 feet below the ground just a few years ago, now it has gone down to 500 feet;" "Mumbai has 15 lakh cars each using 15 litres of water per day for washing;"
Quotes that reinforce the fact that the present water crisis is largely a crisis of our own making. There is a social dimension to this crisis. Water is diverted from rural India to meet the unending needs of the urban population - as drinking water, but also, to wash cars, to fill swimming pools, or to ensure adequate water in amusement parks. As the water table plummets, tube wells and hand pumps have gone dry. Deprived of water, more of the rural poor are now forced to migrate - in search of work, but also, simply in search of water.

 Washed Away

The influence of coastal erosion on the daily life of coastal inhabitants. Fishermen and other coastal inhabitants explain their struggle with the rapid sea erosion taking place on the East Coast of India. People have lost their fish, boat parking space, houses, shops etc. by this daily danger. Partly filmed in Pondicherry.

Old Port, Pondicherry
8 September 2016
7.00 PM
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