Still from HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA
Still from HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA
 

Have You Seen The Arana?

by Sunanda Bhat
A traditional healer’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants frames this beautifully photographed intersection of spiritualilty and environmentalism.
2012  ·  1h13m  ·  India
English, Malayalam
English subs
About the Film
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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Festivals and Awards
2014
Mumbai International Film Festival, Winner: Golden Conch
2014
Mumbai International Film Festival, Winner: Best Doc
2014
Planet In Focus Film Festival, Winner: Mark Haslam Award
2014
John Abraham National Award, Best Documentary
2014
Environment, Health & Culture, Jakarta International Film Festival, Winner: Honorary Mention
2014
Jean Rouch Festival, Paris, Winner: Prix Monde en Regard
2014
Tinai Eco Film Fest, Goa, Winner: Best Doc
2014
IDS Folklore Film Festival, Kerala, Winner: Special Mention
2014
International Health Film Festival, Belgium, Official Selection
2014
International Women's Film Festival, Hyderabad, Official Selection
2014
Dhaka International Film Festival, Official Selection
2014
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest, Official Selection
2014
Ladakh International Film Festival. Ladakh, India, Official Selection
2014
Jeevika Livelihood Film festival, New Delhi, Official Selection
Editor
Tanushree Das
Cinematographer
Saumyananda Sahi
Producer
Arun P.A. and Sibi Pulpally
Sound Editor
P M Satheesh
Researcher
Arun P.A. and Sibi Pulpally
Translator
Govind Menon, Rohini Nair and Pramod Shankar
Writer
Sunanda Bhat
Editing Consultant
Bina Paul
Gaffer
Tanushree Das

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