ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Moving Waters Film Festival was conceived to showcase the grandeur of rivers and oceans, and highlight the issues plaguing them, to people living far away. Our seas and rivers sustain us in myriad ways, but we know little about them. We know less about the ocean floor than the surface of the Moon or even Mars! They are among the last frontiers of adventure and exploration. Yet, our rivers and oceans are threatened by exploitation and pollution, which is often beneath the surface and invisible to our eyes.Despite living far from our coastline and rivers, we are more deeply connected to them than we can imagine. The water we drink, the fish we consume, electricity we use, and sand we build with, all hinge upon the health of our rivers and oceans.Through films that tell stories about the people, places and ecosystems that make up our rivers and oceans, the Moving Waters Film Festival hopes to bridge the worlds of research, exploration, conservation and filmmaking in India ( Source: http://www.movingwatersfilmfestival.org/)
Abhi, one of the co-organisers spoke to RJ Priyanka, about the Film Festival
Take a Listen to the audio excerpts from the event
Inaugural Address by the Director of Goethe-Institut Bangalore – Christoph Bertrams
The Mangroves | Pooja Gupta | Introduction and Q&A by Pooja Gupta
The ‘mangals’ like most wetlands are misunderstood spaces. Often associated with wasteland, odour and fear. These forests that straddle land and sea, are in fact one of the most productive and diverse systems on our planet. A walk, wade or boat into the mangroves reveals a phenomenal range of observations, learning and live demonstrations – of physical, chemical, biological and design processes. The film is an outcome of our experimentation with using the mangroves as a classroom and a living laboratory ( http://www.movingwatersfilmfestival.org/)
Talk: Tasneem Khan | ECOSYSTEMS AS LIVING CLASSROOM
‘Place’ and ‘Interconnectivity’ are at the center of our pedagogy. Employing exploratory techniques to discover a ‘place’, this approach (‘the world as our classroom’) is designed to highlight nodes at which different disciplines intersect. At its core this is an effort to depart from the fragmented processes of learning, thus creating an interconnected view of any system. In light of the status of marine ecosystems, what change might be affected if we shift our efforts from ‘environmental education’, to one that uses ocean systems as living classrooms? Spaces that we can learn in and therefore implicitly learn about.
This is an ongoing effort through practice, experimentation and study – where we use both pristine and degraded marine systems to provide ‘text’ and ‘context’ across curricular topics.The ocean – it’s reefs, intertidal zones and living soup – is an endless source of learning and inspiration to this process.
Malabar River Festival | Neil Dsouza | Introduction and Q&A by Manik Taneja, Goodwave Adventures
Manik Taneja is a Whitewater kayak instructor based out of Bangalore. A software engineer by profession he has found his passion when he discovered whitewater kayaking seven years ago while on a rafting expedition on the Ganga. Since then he has actively pursued the sport and along the way founded South India’s only whitewater school Goodwave Adventures along with an online equipment shop:www.madrasfuntools.com and helped create Asia’s largest whitewater festival, the Malabar River Festival. He has inspired many like minded people to take up the sport and as a result, Bangalore can boast of having the largest number of recreational whitewater kayakers compared to any of the other cities in India
The Fishers of Palk Bay | Saravanakumar Salem | Introduction and Q&A by Umeed Mistry, EcoLabs
Set against the backdrop of a beautiful seascape, an overfished ecosystem and people struggling to make a livelihood, this film documents some of the last remaining traditional fishing practices of the Palkbay. Palkbay is a shallow stretch of warm sea, connecting India and Sri Lanka. For centuries it was a hotspot for natural pearl collection. The shallow waters of the bay witnessed the evolution of a range of unique artisanal fishing methods. In tune with the local conditions and remarkable in their ability to be very specific, these fishing methods sustained the people of Palkbay for centuries without damaging the environment.With changing economies and a demand for a larger fish catch, these subsistence techniques are slowly being replaced by scalable commercial fishing methods. And this hasn’t worked out well for the traditional fishers and the local ecology. Palkbay is on the verge of collapse!For the first time, through underwater footage , we witness the amazing marine life of this region and the remarkable techniques used by the local fishermen.
River or Sewer: The Story of Vrishabhavathy River in Bengaluru | India
Arkavathy: A changing waterscape | India
Talk: John Kurien
PEOPLE OF THE MOVING WATERS
In his talk, John Kurien attempts to correct some of the prejudices which we middle-class, terrestrial beings have about people who labour on our moving waters to provide us fish and other living resources. What he will say is based totally on his personal encounters with members of fishing communities. He will talk about the relationship between fisher people and the sea; debunk our stereotypes about them; highlight their phenomenal knowledge; and reveal their thoughtful and philosophical perspectives. John will introduce the documentary Shifting Undercurrents, stressing the imperative need to involve fishers for sound and sustainable conservation of the resources of our moving waters.
Can films help save our environment? – An interactive session with Kalyan Varma
Environmental films raise awareness about the pressing problems that face our planet. But how much do they really help in positive, actionable changes? In this discussion, Kalyan will explore the history of environmental films and discuss the role of films in ocean conservation. This is a talk and an open discussion.
Unearthed | Munmun Dhalaria | 6 mins | India – Introduction and Q&A by Gopakumar Menon and Munmun Dhalaria
Sand mining is decimating most rivers in India and the Cauvery is no exception. This film catalogues the crucial role that sand plays in the river and documents the extent of sand mining taking place, ending with a call to action. Know more at http://unearthed.in/
For more information check http://www.movingwatersfilmfestival.org/#18sep2016