A Commons Story

English (subtitled), 32 min, 2013, India

Commons and common lands in India are crucial for the rural economy and the livelihoods of the rural poor and play a vital role in maintaining ecological balance. Set in Rajasthan, the film explores the issue of the commons in three villages Achalpur, Thoria and Sanjari Ka Badiya. These villages are among several others which have started the process of regeneration and conservation of common lands in the last 15 years, with support from the Foundation for Ecological Security. A major threat to commons initiatives comes from mining, quarrying and encroachment. Having successfully overcome various threats to the commons, these villages have now set an example for other villages in the state.

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Ananda Siddhartha, Epti Patnaik, Piyush Garud, Pratik Bhakta
Editing:
Ananda Siddhartha, Epti Patnaik, Piyush Garud, Pratik Bhakta
Sound:
Ananda Siddhartha, Epti Patnaik, Piyush Garud, Pratik Bhakta
Music:
Ananda Siddhartha, Epti Patnaik, Piyush Garud, Pratik Bhakta
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Screened at:
Jeevika Film Festival, Delhi, 2013
Kolkata International Film Festival, 2013