Sunanda Bhat, renowned film maker from Bangalore, will be showing her award-winning movie Ningal Aranaye Kando? (Have You Seen The Arana?). The movie is a journey through a fragile eco-system in South India that is witnessing rapid transformation in the name of ‘development’. Sunanda has worked on Have You Seen The Arana? for over six years, looking for ways to capture and represent the complexity of the people and place.
In a world that has grown more dynamic and uncertain, where diversity and differences make way for standardisation and uniformity, the film Have You Seen The Arana? explores the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on lives and livelihoods. Set in Wayanad, in South India, ‘Have you seen the arana?’ is a journey through a rich and bio-diverse region that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of ‘development’.
A traditional healer’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forest, a farmer’s commitment to growing traditional varieties of rice organically and a cash crop cultivator’s struggle to survive amidst farmers’ suicides, offer fresh insights into shifting relations between people, their knowledge systems and the environment. Inter-woven into contemporary narratives is an ancient tribal creation myth that traces the passage of their ancestors across this land, recalling past ways of reading and mapping the terrain.
As hills flatten, forests disappear and traditional knowledge systems are forgotten, the film reminds us that this diversity could disappear forever, to be replaced by monotonous and unsustainable alternatives.
Date: 22 April
Venue: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, 20 Journalist’s Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills