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Narmada Diary


Diario sulla Narmada

“By the time you see these images, what they show might never have existed.” This was 1994 and the images were of Domkheri, a village along the Nar mada River in India's Maharashtra state.This area, inhabited by Adivasi (aborigines in India), was basically wiped off the map with the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam, India's highest and most con - troversial dam built as par t of the great dam construction project along the Narmada River beginning in the 1970s.The idea f or a videodiary of the ensuing disaster began in December 1990,stemming from the desperate need to document tensions between the NBA (the environmentalist group against construction of the dams) and the Indian authorities. With a projected cost of 130 billion rupees (which in the end tripled), the dam was designed to submerge "only" 37,000 acres and displace and estimated 200,000 inhabitants.Ten years after the dam's completion, it is impossible to quantify the damage done. Effects are lingering: In the summer of 2001 many villages were destroyed in monsoon flooding related to the dam's construction. In 1991 the World bank pledged an investment of 450 million dollars, but backed out when studies revealed the cost in human and environmental terms,as a result of excessive salinization and deforestation. Despite all, work on the dams project continues, with mounting resistance from protest groups and locals, with charismatic and energetic Medha Patkar, head of the Narmada Movement, leading the charge.


Il regista / The Director

regista

After obtaining his university degree in Sociology and Communication, Anand Patwardhan worked in many rural debvelopment projects in India, and became active in campaigns for civil rights and social cohesion among diff erent religious groups. He has also taught at FTII (Film and Tele vision Institute of India) in Pune, the Inter national School of Film and TV in Cuba, and in several Canadian univer sities. He has directed numerous documentaries, including We Are Not Your Monkeys (1996), Father, Son and Holy War (1995), In The Name of God (1992), Bombay: Our City (1985), and the extraordinar yWar and Peace (2001). Samantini Durhu worked from mid eighties with the Cadre of Media Resources and Action of Bombay, the an organization that produces audio-visual mater ial on major social issues. Between 1989 and 1991 worked as camera - woman, assistant director and editor for Tata Institut of Social Sciences in se veral films. She has been collaborating with Anand Patwardan since 1988 on many projects among which In Memory of fr iends, Father son and Holy War, A Narmada Diary.




Produzione / Production

Simantini Dhuru, Anand Patwardhan

Trailer


Edizione 2002
Global Vision

DOCUMENTARY
India , 1995, 60'

DIRECTOR
Simantini Dhuru, Anand Patwardhan

TAGS:
Water Economy Business/Trade Industry Geographic Areas And People Ecosystems And Biodiversity India



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