Mahua Memoirs

Director:
Vinod Raja
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English (subtitled), 82 min, 2007, India

Saloo, the bard, and Thirku, the Baiga, take us on a journey through the lives of the many Adivasi communities who live in the mountain tracts and forests of the Eastern Ghats across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. As in most indigenous homelands the world over, these regions too are rich in natural resources including minerals, resources that have become the source of their greatest insecurities.
 
Through their stories and songs, interwoven with the metaphor of Bewar, a form of shifting cultivation practiced by many Adivasis, the film unravels and unfolds both their life visions and their struggles against the merciless mining, particularly over the past two decades, that is consuming their lands and their lives.

 
Producer:
Equations, Grassroots Media
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Vinod Raja, Vishwanath B. R.
Editing:
Atul Gupta
Sound:
Harikumar Pillai, Jayanth Pradhan
 
Awards and Screenings:

Silver Conch for the second best documentary film at the 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), 2008
Indian critics award at the 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), 2008
Best long documentary, International Video film festival of Kerala IVFK, 2008
Best Cinema of Resistance at SIGNS, Kerala, India, 2007