Monday, July 27, 2020

Marupakkam Online Film Screening # 9 : Aamakaar - The Turtle People

Marupakkam Online Film Screening # 9
From 6 pm, 31st July / Friday!

Film: AAMAKAAR- THE TURTLE PEOPLE
Dir: Surabhi Sharma; 76 min; 2003; Documentary



Synopsis: This film depicts the struggles of a small fishing village in North Kerala that is fighting the assault on its estuary by sand mining. The villagers are also engaged in the conservation of Olive Ridley turtles that come to their beach to nest. They make a connection between a species fast becoming extinct and the fate of a community that could face displacement.

Produced by Sunil Shanbag
Cinematography Setu, Sudheer Palsane
Music Rajivan SA
Editing Sujata Narula
Audiography Suresh Rajamani
Production Company Chrysalis Films

Awards: Ramsar- Medwet Award, Eco-Cinema 2004, Greece
Bronze Trophy from Indian Documentary Producers Association, Mumbai

Festivals: FICA VI, Brazil, 2004
Planet in Focus, Toronto, 2003
Vatavaran, New Delhi, 2003
Opening film at ‘Women in Film’, The Substation, Singapore, 2003
Kara Film Festival, Karachi, 2003
Quotes from the Earth, New Delhi, 2004
Vikalp – Films for Freedom, Mumbai, 2004



About the filmmaker : Surabhi Sharma is a filmmaker based in Abu Dhabi and Mumbai. She has worked on several feature length documentaries apart from some short fiction films and video installations. Her key concern has been documenting cities in transition through the lens of labour, music and migration, and most recently reproductive labour. Cinema verite and ethnography are the genres that inform her filmmaking. She is currently teaching in the Film and new Media Programme at New York University Abu Dhabi.

We also invite you to the interaction with Surabhi Sharma and Sunil Shanbag at 11 am on 2nd Aug / Sunday; message 9940642044 for ID and password!

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