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Dam/Age

L'età delle dighe/Il danno

Dam/Age retrospectively follows Arundhati Roy’s intellectual and human path of discovery of her need to become a dissenting voice. It explores her desire to become par t of the Save the Narmada Movement, which has been under siege for more than twenty years, under the menace of the well known kolossal hydroelectric project of the Narmada dams. Dam/Age also reconstructs the events leading to Roy (and e verything she represents) being sentenced by India’s Supreme Court in April 2002. The film is also a very personal and public meditation by Roy, on her moral responsibilities and the possibilities which were placed upon her by her success as a writer. She is a citizen, an opinion leader, a witness to her time and to a countr y like India. "'The God of Small Things’ became more and more successful and I watched as in the city I liv ed in the air became blacker, the cars became sleeker, the gates grew higher and the poor were being stuffed lik e lice into the crevices, and all the time my bank account b urgeoned. I began to feel as though every feeling in the 'The God of Small Things" had been traded in for a silver coin, and if I wasn't careful I would become a little silver figurine with a cold, silver heart."Well aware of her fame, Roy becomes a witness to the contradictions she sees growing around her, against the interests of po wer. She decides to use her skills as a writer to describe “how power shines the light, and what it chooses to illuminate and what it chooses to leave in the darkness.” For Roy the stor y of the Narmada Valley is not just the stor y of modern India, but of today ’s world : “who counts, who doesn’t; what matter s, what doesn’t; what counts as a cost, what counts only as collateral damage.” In a clear and accessible manner, the film points to some urgent matter s, of political and not just environmental nature: from the consequences of globalisation, to unilateral plans “for development”, to notions of representation, freedom of speech and human r ights in situations where the socio-economical gap is ever wider and contradicts any attempt towards progress.


Il regista / The Director

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ARADHANA SETH completed her Masters from the Mass Communications Research Centre at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. Upon graduation in 1987, Seth commenced her career in film as an Assistant Director on the feature, In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones, whose screenplay was written by Arundhati Roy. It was in 1992, while working on George Lucas' Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, shot in Benares, India, that she met director, Deepa Mehta. She went on to become the production designer for Mehta's films Fire and Earth. She also designed Somnath Sen's film, Leela. Her latest film Dam/Age, is a chronicle of the fight against the Narmada Dam and the related court case against Arundhati Roy. The film winds a range of related issues - India's nuclear standoff with Pakistan, the corruption of the World Bank and the Indian people's uprising against their displacement by the government's failed dam projects, to name a few around the buildup of tension in the days before Roy's sentencing.




Produzione / Production

Aranda Seth, Divers production for BBC


Edizione 2002
GLOBAL VISION

DOCUMENTARY
India , 2002, 50'

DIRECTOR
Aradhana Seth

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Rivers Relationship Between Man And Nature India



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