Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Mahua Memoirs

Written and shot by Mr. Vinod Raja, an FTII alumnus, this documentary captures the impact of industrialisation on the lives of the 'adivasis' - tribals who have been staying on the land for generations. The documentary takes a dispassionate look at the issues faced by the local populace, when land, the only asset they know of, is taken away from them forcibly. The film is beautifully shot and narrated well.

The film raises one fundamental question - why should the cost of 'development' be borne by the people who are the least likely to benefit from it? This question is being asked even louder now, with the SEZ scheme that the government is pushing through. And it is a question that we, the educated middle class, will do well to ponder on as we continue our comfortable lives, before it gets too late...

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