Bangalore International Centre, in observance of World Environment Day on Wednesday, 5th June, 2013 had arranged screening of series of five Environmental documentary films titled “Himalaya, Man and Nature” directed by Mr. Meghatithi Kabeer. Mr. Meghatithi, Director of these films was also present that day for a Q & A session after the screening of the films.
The following films were screened that day:
1, Himalayan Waters : Duration : 14 minutes
This film threads together an overall picture of the state of Himalayan waters and also brings to light the efforts made by local communities and NGO's to protect Himalayan waters.
2. Ni Kata Banja (Don't cut my oak's) Duration: 9 minutes.
The film highlights the important role which the Broad Leave species (Banj i.e. OAK) of trees and forests play in maintaining the water cycle of the Himalayas as well as other advantages for the local communities. It also talks about the importance of recognizing the role of forests as a key contributor of rivers in Himalayas other than the glaciers.
3. Remember the spring : Duration: 9 minutes.
The short documentary puts light on the positive interventions i.e. Slow Sand filter & reviving traditional water sources made by the local communities towards making available safe drinking water for themselves.
4. Chaal Khaal : Duration: 8 minutes
Small / large ponds made and maintained at key locations in the Himalayas is a long existing tradition of maintaining the ground water regime in the Himalayas. These small ponds also have very important role in the lives of the people of Himalayas. The film documents the efforts of local communities to revive and maintain these Chaals in their villages.
5. Parisar Snehi Shauchalaya : Duration: 8 minutes.
Modern toilets as well as sewage system pose a great threat to the rivers as well as underground water in the Himalayas. 70 - 80 % of the diseases in the Himalayas are water borne. There is also acute shortage of water at many areas which make it extremely difficult for Himalayan communities to fetch water and then use it for toilet related activities. This film puts light on the above mentioned issues, as well as an extremely innovative and environment friendly method/ type of toilet introduced in Himalayas i.e Eco Sanitation Toilet which is lovingly named by the local community as Parisar Snehi Shauchalaya.
The Q & A session after the screening was both educative and interesting.