Research, concept, locations and essay for India's first VR documentary on coal mining, directed by Faiza Khan and produced by Anand Gandhi.
Full story here: http://elsevr.tv/cost-of-coal/
Research, script and concept for Amnesty International India, as part of its campaign against forcible land acquisition by state-owned coal mining companies.
Animation, Direction and Edit: Falana Films
Music and Voiceover: Arjun Chandran
Video Footage: Faiza Khan
Camerawork, research, edit and translation.
In March 2016, indigenous communities in India's coal-rich state of Chhattisgarh vetoed mining by Coal India in their forests for the fifth time in a row. This took place as part of special referendum mandated by the emblematic Forest Rights Act, which recognises community forest rights and self-governance mechanisms. While the Act is under threat from dilutions at the Centre, state governments and companies continue to treat free prior and informed consent as a formality, and where no never really means no. Communities that have seen the least governance, however, continue to engage with the Indian Constitution to resist evictions. Story here.
Research, interviews, concept and edit support for a promotional film for the launch of Amnesty International's report on coal mining When Land Is Lost, Do We Eat Coal?