Dance with Hands held Tight

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English (subtitled), 62 min, 2005, India

80% of rural women are engaged in livelihoods dependent on natural resources in India.
The film explores the questions arising from this intense relationship through four focused engagements.
The fisherwomen off the coast of Karnataka are today distraught and distressed. The fish catch on which they and their families survive on, has gone down.
The Apatani Women of Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh have controlled their unique fish-paddy agriculture for many years. But the future of this agriculture is unsure.
The indigenous people and Dalit women of Kashipur, Orissa have taken their fight over rights over Hill Broom squarely into the courtyard of the state. And won!
And the women of Sonebhadra, Uttar Pradesh have braved bullets and physical abuse of the state to protect their land from being taken over.

Earthcare Films
Creative Crew
Krishnendu Bose
Jaltson A.C
Kavita Das Gupta, Shivadas
Susmit Sen