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A tribute A still from the movie.
A tribute A still from the movie.

SHYAMHARI CHAKRA

A 60-second shoot on the killing of tribals is getting rave reviews.

It is an animated film that pays tribute to the men, women and children who have been shot dead by the police

The film spans just 60 seconds. Yet, it is making waves ever since it was premiered in London last month. While it is being showcased now at the prestigious Shunt Lounge and Vibe Gallery in London, it has already been screened at the Dubai Art Festival and the annual conference at the University of Leicester in U.K.

The film, Shot Dead for Development, by Bhubaneswar-based activist-film-maker Surya Shankar Dash zooms in on the killing of tribal people who were opposing mining and industrial activities on their land in Orissa’s Kalinga Nagar and Kashipur regions. London-based Moti Roti production house had commissioned the film. 60x60 Secs is the first arts project of the 360° programme of Moti Roti that comprises 60 one-minute films from 60 artists, 20 each from Britain, India and Pakistan. “It is an animated film that pays tribute to the men, women and children who have been shot dead by the police since 2001 for resisting mining and industrial activities on their land. The illustrations are in digital, the traditional art of the Saora tribe, while the music belongs to the Koya and Bonda tribes,” explained the young filmmaker who had a brief stint with media and advertising earlier. Bhubaneswar-based budding artist and cartoonist Sarasi Das has done the idital illustrations.

“Instead of making a montage of the footage that I have acquired over the last three years while documenting the impact of the so-called development on nature and the life of the tribals, I decided to make use of the Saora tribal art form and used simple animation techniques to tell the story,” elaborated Surya Shankar “Actually, it was a reaction to the wall paintings splashed all over Bhubaneswar city by the government depicting the beauty of Orissa’s tribal life, culture and tradition which has been ironically sponsored by the companies for whom the tribals are being displaced and killed,” he reasoned out.

Films made under the banner of 60x60 Secs will be launched in India and Pakistan simultaneously in September 2008.

The films would be shown internationally in conventional as well as unconventional spaces such as on television, digital arts, in film festivals, art galleries, cinemas, public spaces, shopping malls, in-flight entertainment, cafes and restaurants.

The film can also be viewed at www.360degrees.tv


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