Have you seen the arana?

Ningal aranaye kando?
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English (subtitled), 73 min, 2012, India

The film interweaves contemporary narratives with an ancient tribal myth to explore the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on lives and livelihood. Set in Wayanad, part of a rich and bio-diverse region in South India, we journey through a region that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of ‘development’.

A woman’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forest, a farmer’s commitment to growing traditional varieties of rice, organically and a cash-crop cultivator’s struggle to survive amidst farmers’ suicides, offer fresh insights into shifting relations between people, knowledge systems and environment.

As hills flatten, forests disappear and traditional knowledge systems are forgotten, the film reminds us that this diversity could disappear forever, to be replaced by monotonous and unsustainable alternatives.

Songline Films, Sunanda Bhat
Creative Crew
Saumyananda Sahi
Bina Paul, Tanushree Das
Christopher Burchell, P. M. Satheesh
George Joseph, Jochi N. P., M. P. Kalan, P. K. Kariyan, Raman Cheruvayil
Awards and Screenings:

Golden Conch for the Best Documentary Film (above 40 minutes), Mumbai International Film Festival, 2014
Best Cinematographer (Saumyananda Sahi), Mumbai International Film Festival, 2014
Best Sound Recordist (Christopher Burchell), Mumbai International Film Festival, 2014
Best Ecodocumentary Feature Award, Tinai Eco Film Festival, Goa, 2014
“Monde en Regards” award by the INALCO jury, 32nd Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Paris 2013
Special Mention by the International Jury of the Anthropology and Sustainable Development Prize, 32nd Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Paris 2013
Best Documentary, Mark Haslam Award at Planet in Focus Film Festival, Toronto, 2013
Honorable Mention, Documentary Feature, Int. Film Festival for Environment, Health and Culture, Jakarta, 2013
John Abraham National Award for Best Documentary, SIGNS 2013
Special Mention, International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala, 2013
Best Cinematography and Best Editing Awards, Jeevika Asia Livelihood Film Festival, 2013
Best Documentary, Professional, Dada Saheb Phalke Award
Best Documentary & Best Director, National Short & Documentary Film Awards, Thrissur, Kerala
Best Documentary, Nasik International Film Festival
Best Documentary & Best Director, Kerala State Television Awards

Screened at:
International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2012
23rd African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival, Milan, 2013
International Film Festival for Environment, Health and Culture, Jakarta, 2013
6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, 2013
Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2013
Ladakh International Film Festival, September 2013
10th Salento Film Festival, Tricase, Italy, September 2013
India Film Week, Hamburg, Germany, September, 2013
Jeevika Livelihood Film Festival, New Delhi, September 2013
Signes de Nuit International Film Festival, Paris, October, 2013
6th Kuala Lumpur Eco Festival, October 2013
8th Seattle South Asian Film Festival, October 2013
Jean Rouch Film Festival, Paris, November 2013
14th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, Nov 2013
2nd International Film Festival of Fiji
Signs Films Festival, Trivandrum, Kerala, 2013
Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, Noida, India
International Film Festival of Trissur, Kerala, India
Nashik Film Festival, India, 2013