- Script Development Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
2012 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
|Project||HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA?|
In a world that has grown more dynamic and uncertain, where diversity and differences make way for standardization and uniformity, textures of ‘ordinary’ people’s lives emerge through layers of landscape, revealing intimate relations with land. A woman’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forest, a farmer’s commitment to growing traditional varieties of rice organically and a ginger cultivator’s struggle to survive amidst farmers’ suicides, offer fresh insights into dynamic, shifting relations between people, their knowledge systems and the environment. Interwoven into contemporary narratives is an ancient tribal creation myth that recalls the passage of their ancestors across this terrain, carrying forward and preserving earlier ideas of landscape. ‘HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA?’ is a lyrical journey through vibrant landscapes and lifestyles of Wayanad in Kerala, threatened by sterile and unsustainable alternatives.
I went first to Wayand in 2006, to study effects of the agricultural crisis on landless laborers. Subsequent research revealed stories of exploitation and struggle. However, during numerous journeys I was fascinated by the diversity and energy of people within the bus, juxtaposed with transitions in the rapidly passing landscape. I decided to allow the landscape and people to speak; exploring ways to interweave bus journeys, wetness and dryness of seasons, contours of the land and textures of faces; that are intrinsically related, yet dislocated. An ancient tribal creation myth that narrates travels of a mythical couple across this terrain became the thread to interweave contemporary stories of people and their land.