Documentaries by Debadityo

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The Unique Harvest

The Unique Harvest is a short documentary feature shot along the banks of Ganges in Chunar, a small town in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. River Ganges is the most holy river according to Hindu mythology, and is revered across the country. On every festival, people come to the river’s bank to worship god. People come from far off regions to the bank for the only purpose of a holy bath and worship god as it’s considered the most sacred of all rivers. This lead to a massive accumulation of wastes in the form of flowers, garlands, incense sticks, coconuts, fruits, clothes, mud bowls etc. Food grains are sacrificed in every Hindu ritual. The left over of rituals make livelihood for many poor people. Little kids with a long rod fitted with magnets are commonly seen at the banks who collect the coins from the sediments in the river. The coconuts, fruits and the clothes are also collected by several communities. Hundreds of poor people from neighboring villages assemble with their families at the river bank the day after any festival. For two or three days, they sieve out rice and other food grains from the sands along the river. This movie shows a little part of the hard lives these people have to go through everyday.

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Wetlands: Are They Wasteland?

Wetlands, due to no visible utility to human are largely being ignored by us. Even today in the era, where global warming, climate change and sinking of water table is such a big issue, the initiative to conserve them has not yet been considered. Well, the problem is not only their ignorance, nor we can blame it on the people neither the government, the problem actually lies in the unawareness about the wetlands. Generally, the wetlands are percept as ‘wastelands’, that’s why whenever there is a pond or lake in nearby locality, people starts dumping their household wastes, sewage etc. Today, to make understand the people about the importance of a wetland is a Herculean task! But its in almost every religious texts to conserve lake, ponds, rivers etc. whether you see Quran, the holy book of Muslims, or Vedas of Hindus or Guru Granth Sahib of Sikhs, everywhere you will see there have been clear indication to protect the wetlands from anyhow polluting. This short documentary was made by Debadityo in his second year of graduation and the first film by him. Though it lacked professional editing and cinematography, but the content and the information this movie gives is appreciated by people. It was screened at 'National Symposium on Biodiversity' organised by Ministry of Environment and Forestry and Department of Science and Technology, at Garhwal University in Lansdowne, in 2010.