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CHILIKA BANK$ - STORIES FROM INDIA’S LARGEST COASTAL LAKE - 1970-2007, Akanksha Joshi, 60’, PSBT

A film on one of Asia’s largest brackish water lakes, Chilika. The story tells of the time when the sun’s rays touch the leaves of the Banyan tree standing on the banks Chilika. That is the time, the fisherfolks believe, to be of the tree’s awakening. The tree begins to narrate stories – of the lake, of her fishers and of the changing relationship of people with nature. In the canvass of a story spread over four decades each character argues fervently in his own favour

  • the fishermen, the exporters, the politicians and the prawn mafia.

The only one who speaks for the lake is the Banyan. He waits for the time when someone may hear his tale and feel his love for the lake that has given her all to her people.

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Jeevika South Asia Documentary Festival

VANISHING LOCAL IN THE GLOBAL

DISCUSSION FORUM (Panellists to be confirmed)

Aijaz Ahmed, Akanksha Joshi, Pankaj H. Gupta Surjit S. Bhalla, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta (Moderator)

SOUTH ASIA PREMIERE NO END IN SIGHT, Charles Ferguson, USA, 102’

The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, No End in Sight is a jaw-dropping, insiders’ tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003. How did a group of men with little or no military experience, knowledge of the Arab world or personal experience in Iraq come to make such flagrantly debilitating decisions?

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Best Documentary, NY Film Critics Circle Best Documentary, LA Film Critics Best Documentary, Toronto Film Critics Association Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary

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