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EVER SLOW GREEN - Re-afforestation in Auroville, South India
50 years ago, a unique afforestation project took root on an eroded desert plateau in Tamil Nadu, South India, when people from diverse countries came together to establish the international experimental township of Auroville. Today, the lush Auroville forest is an outstanding example of eco-restoration that recreates and preserves a type of tropical forest that is on the verge of extinction.
The film tells the story of Auroville’s 50-years-young forest through some of the diverse characters who have dedicated their lives to bringing it to fruition.
Director: Christoph Pohl
Country of origin/production: India
Gidiku Vapathu is an ethnographic research documentary about the Indigenous Kattunayakan (Nayaka) people of India. In Kattunyakan language, ‘Gidiku Vapathu’ means “going to the forest.” A term commonly used by the community members to invite their friends and family as they start their daily walk into the forest. Set in Kattunayaka settlements in and around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in rural Kerala, the documentary is an attempt to understand how these traditional societies perceive and interact with forest and non-human beings.
Directors: Helina Jolly, Priya Thuvassery
Country of origin/production: Canada/India
Recorded Q & A follows the films.