Chaliyar... The Final Struggle

English (subtitled), 36 min, 2001, India

In 1958, the Government of Kerala persuades the Birlas to open a factory in Mavoor, North Kerala. The Grasim rayon pulp factory is open for the last 36 years. Thousands of workers earn their living trading future lives for the present. The fumes wing their way to the neighbourhood, spreading disease and death. Effluents gurgle into the Chaliyar River poisoning everything on its way to the sea. At a time when environmentalism was unheard of, a man leads his people to save their river and their lives from the killer factory. Their dream is to see their river come back to life, and for fishes to leap in the sun.

 
Producer:
Third Eye Communications
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
C. Saratchandran
Editing:
Sasi Menon
Sound:
Sasi Menon
Music:
Sanjeev Babu
 
Awards and Screenings:

Awards:
The Bronze Tree Award, Vatavaran 2002;
Special Mention, Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), 2000.

Screenings:
Recontres Internationales, 2000;