We are happy to inform you that the documentary film entitled “The Red Data Book – an appendix”
will be screened in
the Nehru Conference Hall, Institut Francais de Pondichery on Friday, August 21 2015
at 6.00 pm.
The event is open and free to the public.
More about the film:
The Red Data Book – an appendix:
Dir: Sreemith, Deepu; 75 min; Malayalam with English subtitles; 2013; Documentary
The film is a layered examination of the factors, both contemporary and historical, that have led the Adivasi (tribal) communities of Attappady (Kerala, South India) to the verge of extinction.
The film focuses on the phenomenon of rising infant mortality to probe the entire range of underlying factors. Is it mainly due to malnutrition, as the State claims? Is it their exclusion from the fruits of so-called development? Is it their refusal to ‘modernise’? Or is it our inability to comprehend and preserve their centuries-old harmonious way of life? Have our prescriptive interventions helped? Or have they caused great harm?
The film attempts to understand the gamut of ‘alienations’ responsible – social, cultural, economic and political while gently posing the core question: Is it they who are alienated from the onward march of progress or is it us who are alienated, blinded by the discourse of modernity?
About the filmmakers:
Sreemith, a young activist film maker, has made several documentaries on issues like caste/gender, displacement/ development and community/ indigenous rights in Kerala. Get up, Stand up – his film on the anti -nuclear movement in Koodamkulam was nominated for the Yellow Oscar at the International Uranium Film festival (2013) and won Kerala State award For best documentary.
Pradeep K.P. (Deepu) co-founded Pedestrian Pictures in 2001, a Bangalore-based film collective, actively engaged in film screenings, documentary-making and cultural/ political activism. He’s also a cinematographer with several narrative fiction feature films, ad films and documentaries to his credit.
The filmmaker Deepu will take part in the post screening discussion.