Till 2012, thousands of Amur falcons were slaughtered every year in the northeast region of India, as they arrived on from Mongolia, on their migratory route to South Africa. With the effort of Conservation India ( CI) and Nagaland Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Trust (NWBCT), who brought to light the massacre a complete ban was issued on the killing of the Amur Falcon. In 2013 not a single falcon was killed by the community. The film highlights the story of the Amur Falcon Campaign - a success story, bringing together many stakeholders to save a species from extinction.
Flight to Freedom - The Amur Falcon Story
Shifting Undercurrents - Women Sea weed collectors of Gulf
This is based on the livelihood of women seaweed collector. The 5000-odd women who free-dive to collect seaweed in the Gulf of Mannar Marine National park of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu find themselves struggling for their livelihood now that their activities have been greatly curtailed.
The Gulf of Mannar was declared a marine national park in 1986 under India’s Wildlife (Protection) Act (WLPA) of 1972, under which resource extraction from national parks is taboo. Since 2000, seaweed collectors and fishers have borne the brunt of the Forest Department’s zeal to implement the law... Read More
A Dance To Forget
This film is about the rehabilitation of Kalandar Community - who used to be traditionally involved in dancing of bears on the streets in India. The story is about their transition from this banned profession to new livelihood choices like farming, bakery etc, providing stable incomes for their families.
This program is supported by WSPA in collaboration with Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
Gaur In My Garden
The film ‘Gaur in My Garden' looks at human-animal interactions and conflicts arising in Kotagiri, Nilgiris– one of the key biodiversity hotspots in India. The Gaur or the Indian Bison is on the IUCN red list of threatened species and is endangered under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act.
India has the largest population of the Gaur in the wild. It is estimated at about 23500. Isolated in three pockets – the Northeast, Central India and the Western Ghats the numbers are on the decline. No contiguous pocket exceeds a population of more than 2000.The Gaur is a large mammal and like the elephant has a long gestation period of eight to nine months, giving birth to one calf most of the time. The current Gaur numbers indicate a survival on the edge... Read More
Wild meat hunting and consumption is an integral part of life of the communities in the North-east of India. Wild meat markets exist in different towns and cities across the state. A Hoopoe Birds for Rs. 400($8), a Giant Squirrel for Rs. 500 ($11), a Barking Deer for Rs. 6000 ($135)…. While the forest seems devoid of wildlife, what you see in the markets is an indicator of what still remains. Where as cash is a driving force in the wild meat trail, there are clearly other aspects to the use of animal parts in local ritual and culture that is deeply ingrained in the psyche of the people here.
Filmed over 7 years THE WILD MEAT TRAIL is a quest to get some insight into the extent of hunting practices... Read More
The Wild Meat Trail
Who Am I?
This film is about the rising concern for recognition of identities of members of Non Pastoral nomadic communities (approx 5-6 crore) who were traditionally labeled ‘criminals’ by the historical 11871 Act. They are not only fighting against historical injustice, but also struggling for social and more importantly legal recognition of their identities as citizens of the country.
This is an effort to highlight the issue of existence and identities of these Non Pastoral Nomadic communities who are not part of any government planning process even after 60 years of independence. It also puts forward some concrete steps taken to address this issue by the members of Pardhi community with help from grassroots organizations (Navjeevan and Samvedana)... Read More
A Shawl to Die For
A Shawl To Die For traces the ancient craft of shahtoosh weaving in Kashmir, India and tracks its links to the Tibetan antelope or Chiru found on the Chang Tang plateau in China. It establishes that Shahtoosh is, in face the fleece of the Chiru, which is killed to extract this fibre. The international ban on Shahtoosh was critical for the survival of the endangered Chiru, but it also spelt disaster for thousands of traditional Shahtoosh workers in Kashmir. The film explores this grim struggle between conservation and livelihood.
It also documents the interventions brought in by a community projects initiated by Wildlife Trust of India and International Fund for Animal Welfare, supported by the British High Commission... Read More
On the Right Track
Eighteen Asian elephant were killed in accidents with trains on a railway line the crosses the Rajaji National Park in the northern Indian Uttarakhand state between 1987 and 2001. This line connects the holy city of Haridwar with the capital of this state, Dehradun, and is one of the busiest.
This film documents a Rapid Action Project undertaken by the Wildlife Trust of India which studied the problem and suggested solutions that ultimate led to steps that ensured no elephant deaths on this 14 km track since 2001. This project brought the Indian Railways and the Uttarakhand Forest Department closer and they have since worked in tandem to make the Rajaji effort a model for other areas to emulate...
Building for a Greener World
An excellent example of the 'green building solutions' developed by Development Alternatives is its World Headquarters located in New Delhi. The 'Green Building' -- a cutting edge prototype -- is India's first institutional structure aimed at zero emissions and carbon neutrality.It sets a standard for 'responsible construction practices' that relies on the use of alternative, eco-friendly and cost effective building methods, technologies and solutions, and shows that India has an opportunity to bypass the costly environmental mistakes of the industrialised world.The film 'Building for a Greener World' is the story of this building.
Voices From the Forest
All across India, non-timber forest produce (NTFP), spell a critical source of income for indigeneus people and forest-dwelling communities, who are among the poorest of the poor. Not only do the NTFPs play a crucial role in the livelihood of these people, but from a key incentive to conserving the forest of India. Moreover NTFPs are woven in with the social and cultural fabric of the communities living in India.
Communities are working hand in hand with grassroot non-government groups, traders, and government to address the challenges posed by low productivity, lack of tecnology, irrational NTFP law, and wide-scale contract based extraction. Read More
Earth Calling is a series about matters of the earth: stories of environment, wildlife and the wide natural world around us. Through this show we will visit exotic, beautiful place nestled in the lap of nature and take a hard look at environmental concerns that threaten their future survival. In Earth Calling, we will meet people who watch out for nature, raise crucial questions and fight the odds to save that one tree, that one animal or bring water to a whole thirsting village.
In this episode, we travel to Coorg, Karnataka, a global bio-diversity hot-spot, and also renowened for its coffee and spice plantations. These coffee and spice plantations.
However have seen extensive use of pesticides, deeply affecting the ecology, and in some cases resulting in death of rare bird species... Read More
The Right to Survive - Turtle Conservation and Fisheries Livelihoods
Each year, the eastern coast of India witnesses a truly spectacular occurrence of nature, the arrival en masse of thousands of thousands of Olive Ridley turtle in the coastal region of the state of Orissa. Last year, for instance, an estimated 240,000 adult Olive Ridleys congregated at Rushikulya on the Orissa coast to breed. Coincidentally, the breeding season also happens to be the park fishing season in Orissa, one of the poorest state of India. Thousands of fishing families rely on this season to fish, and around 70,000 fishworkers are entirely dependent on Orissa’ coastal fisheries for their livelihoods.
Moves to protect the Olive Ridleys and their breeding and nesting grounds have led to mounting conflicts involving fishing communities, government department and conservationists... Read More
Small World: Series for Doordarshan
Anchored by two ten 11 olds - Sanchita and Dhruv, Small World is a show by and for children - the world through a child’s eye. Its an educational series that features environmental, wildlife and social issues for kids in a simple, informative and fun way. In Small World children find solutions to problems, produce their own short films about the place they live in, find answers to their never-ending queries, talk about their achievements and explore career options. Small World is targeted at kids all over India – cities, towns, and villages. It would be a connecting point for all children separated by geographical spaces.
Small World (5X 28 min series for Doordarshan)