Shifting Undercurrents - Women Seaweed collectors of Gulf of Mannar
International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)
2012 | 13mins 43secs
The 5000-odd women who used to free-dive to collect seaweed in the Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu found themselves struggling for their livelihood when the area was declared a Marine National Park in 1986. Resource extraction from national parks became a taboo. This film raises several critical issues - from the appropriateness to use a terrestrial framework to conserve a marine ecosystem, to fishing rights of the communities. The many-sided discussions and struggles shed light on the shifting undercurrents of the women’s efforts to gain respect for their profession.
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