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Lakeer ke is Taraf (Documentary)
Sat Sep 21, 5:00 PM
Shilpa Ballal
The film is about the non violent, people's movement - Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) - which has been fighting for Adivasi people's right to proper rehabilitation for over 3 decades. It has been presented as a success story, where more than 250 thousand people, under the leadership of Medha Patkar, have fought and won the battle against oppressive government policies of rehabilitation.

The present model of development which endorses big dams, has always been challenged by the NBA, and the drawbacks of this model are now seen at every corner. The range of the damage is from adversely affecting the lives of 60,000 families to 80 kms of sea ingress, making hundreds of hectares of land infertile.

NBA's alternative models of development are also presented in the film, which has a long term positive impacts on society, be it the small scale power generation project or the life-schools (Jeevan Shala), which are being run by the Andolan over the last 25 years.

Adivasi culture of songs, Holi, their value systems, faiths are also shown in the film, which also points at the virtue of 'small is beautiful'.

The Narmada Bachao Movement is a success story of a fight over the last 35 years. The world should understand it as an ongoing struggle and that people's strength can change policies and can force the government to take steps towards justice. With the film, I also want to make an appeal to the rich, upper-class and urban middle class to be sensitive, considerate and humble towards those who had to made huge sacrifices for their everyday comforts. Media has been very partial about the NBA over the past decade now, calling it dead! With the film, I want to spread the message that the NBA is still very much alive and is giving hopes to lakhs of people even outside the valley.