Words on Water

Director:
Sanjay Kak
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English (subtitled), 85 min, 2002, India

For more than 15 years, people of the Narmada Valley in central India have resisted a series of massive dams on their river, and in their struggle have exposed the deceptive heart of India s development politics. When the use of violence has become the arbiter of all political debate, 'Words on Water' is about a sustained non-violent resistance, an almost joyous defiance, which empowers people as they struggle for their rights, yet saves them from the ultimate humiliation of violence.

 
Producer:
Octave Communications
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Ranjan Palit, Sanjay Kak
Sound:
Asheesh Pandya, Samina Mishra
Music:
Amit Kilam, Asheem Chakrabarty, Rahul Ram
 
Awards and Screenings:

Best Long Documentary, Brazil International Festival of Environmental Cinema, Goiânia;
Main Prize, Envirofilm International Environmental Film Festival, Slovakia, 2003;
Second Prize, Festival Theme, Durban International Film Festival, 2003;
Special Mention, International Video Festival, Trivandrum, 2003;

Selected Screenings:
Locarno International Film Festival, 2003;
Mumbai World Social Forum, 2004;
Vatavaran Environmental Film Festival, New Delhi, 2003;
Film South Asia, Kathmandu, 2003;
International Film Festival, Hong Kong , 2003;
Cinemambiente Turin, 2002;