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Have You Seen The Arana?

Sunanda Bhat / India / 2012 / 73 ' / Malayalam / S.T. English


Tanushree Das
Sunanda Bhat
Saumyananda Sahi
Christopher Burchell
P M Satheesh
Arun P.A. & Sibi Pulpally
Govind Menon
Rohini Nair
Pramod Shankar
Arun P.A.
Sibi Pulpally
Editing Consultant: Bina Paul
Gaffer: Tanushree Das

Awards & Festivals

Winner: Golden Conch, Best Doc, Mumbai International Film Festival, 2014
Winner: Mark Haslam Award, Planet In Focus Film Festival, Toronto, 2014
Winner: John Abraham National Award, Best Documentary, 2014
Winner: Honorary Mention, Environment, Health & Culture, Jakarta International Film Festival, 2014
Winner: Prix Monde en Regard, Jean Rouch Festival, Paris, 2014
Winner: Best Doc, Tinai Eco Film Fest, Goa, 2014
Winner: Special Mention, IDS Folklore Film Festival, Kerala, 2014
Official Selection: International Health Film Festival, Belgium, 2014
Official Selection: International Women's Film Festival, Hyderabad, 2014
Official Selection: Dhaka International Film Festival, 2014
Official Selection: Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest, 2014
Official Selection: Ladakh International Film Festival. Ladakh, India, 2014
Official Selection: Jeevika Livelihood Film festival, New Delhi, 2014

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A traditional healer’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants frames this beautifully photographed intersection of spiritualilty and environmentalism.


In a world that has grown more dynamic and uncertain, where diversity and differences make way for standardization and uniformity, the film explores the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on lives and livelihoods. Set in Wayanad, in South India, HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA? is a journey through a rich and bio-diverse region that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of ‘development’.

A traditional healer’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forest, a farmer’s commitment to growing traditional varieties of rice organically and a cash crop cultivator’s struggle to survive amidst farmers’ suicides, offer fresh insights into shifting relations between people, their knowledge systems and the environment.

Interwoven into contemporary narratives is an ancient tribal creation myth that traces the passage of their ancestors across this land, recalling past ways of reading and mapping the terrain.

As hills flatten, forests disappear and traditional knowledge systems are forgotten, the film reminds us that this diversity could disappear forever, to be replaced by monotonous and unsustainable alternatives.


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