Film | “Mahua Memoirs” by Vinod Raja on Adivasis communities who live in the mountain tracts and forests of the Eastern Ghats – Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chattisgarh & Jharkhand

A Film By: Vinod Raja
Trailer By: Magic Lantern Foundation (4:03 min.)
When a nation begins to grow rapidly at over 9 percent, what does this mean for 8 percent of people, the indigenous, who remain unseen and unheard?

Date and Time: 28-30 August, 2020 (48 hours, 6 pm-6 pm)
Director: Vinod Raja
Duration: 83 minutes
Film type: Documentary (with English subtitles)
Produced by Grassroots media and Equations

Saloo, the bard and Thirku, the Baiga, takes us on a journey through the lives of the many Adivasis 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 through 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 that is consuming their lands and their lives.

Direction: Vinod Raja
Executive Producer: Ashok Maridas
Script: Madhu Bhushan, Vinod Raja
Editor: Atul Gupta, Associate: Anuroopa TM
Photography: Vinod Raja, BR Vishwanath
Narration Voice: Aporup Acharya
Produced By EQUATIONS & Grass Roots media

Awards & Citations
– The best Cinema of resistance at the 3rd SIGNS film festival – Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 2007
– Silver conch at the 10th Mumbai international film festival of shorts, documentaries and animation films. 2008
– CITATION Mahua Memoirs, for compassionately exposing the ruthless underside of corporate globalization through the ongoing decimation of Adivasi lands, people and their cultures throughout India. Beautifully crafted with outstanding visuals and haunting music, it is an urgent call to
re-examine the policies of the day
– The Indian critics award at the 10th Mumbai International film festival, 2008
– Best long documentary – International documentary and short film festival of Kerala IDSFFK 2008
– Best film at the 4th One Billion eyes Film festival, Chennai. 2008

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Source: “NNHS invites you to the screening of the film, ‘Mahua Memoirs’, this August, 2020”
Date visited: 27 August 2020

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