by Jharna Anurag Singh
(30 mins/ English)
3rd June 2009, 6 pm @ The American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi
about the Film
A film on the Kosi floods, it tells the story of people, livestock, land and homes devastated. The latest government figures as of 24th Feb ‘09:`5 districts, 35 blocks, 33.29 lakh people, 9.97 lakh live stock. Affected area 3.68 lakh hectares; 2.37 lakh houses destroyed; 19,323 loss of cattle & 527 human deaths. These are official figures of government of Bihar and relate only to Kosi floods. The government has been spending Rs. 15 - 200 crores annually on all the embankments within the state. Minimising losses is a subject in itself but accountability of maintaining the structures is a crucial point to avoid disasters like the one that happened in Aug ’08. It is a very complex question & an even more complex story of human failing.
about the Film maker
Born to middle class non-political parents in Bombay in 1964, Jharna turned out to be a rebel in her own right. Still considers herself a city bred romantic with a critical eye. Jharna has a M Phil in Sociology and deeply interested in art, cinema, theater as a tool for social transformation & resistance. In 1992, she traveled to rural India for the 1st time to de-school herself of many urban myths. Since then she has been making films and actively involved in media activism. She is currently based in Delhi.
about the Kriti Film Club
An independent initiative by Kriti team, we screen documentaries regularly as a research and awareness generation medium on different social, environment, development and rights issues. Our screenings are open for all and have no commercial value attached to them. Most films are screened in the presence of the film maker.
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