Rising Gardens Film Festival Moving Mountains/ Women and Solidarities. Aikya (Unity) (Docu/English/2019/5 mins). Dir. Anjali Khosla. Over the years, the women of Pachgaon have earned sustainable livelihoods from their forests. They exercise an important role both in the protection of this natural resource and in local village governance.
Thengapalli (Docu/Oriya with English subtitles/ 2020 /8 mins). Dirs. Vandana Menon, Vivek Sangwan and Debashish Nandi. Harassed by the timber mafia for decades, the women in a village decide to take matters into their own hands to save their forests.
Añay Kachi (Thank you Salt): The Salt Workers of the Peruvian Andes (Docu/English/13 mins). Dirs. Cristobal Ruiz, Thomas Silcock, Toto Thots.
Through the eyes of Laurita, a 65-year-old indigenous salt worker in the Peruvian Andes, we learn how the indigenous people now proudly own and operate their salt business.
Two Steps Forward (Docu/English/2010/ 27 mins). Dir. Gulnar Tabassum.
A forced imposition of a contract system on military farms in Pakistani Punjab effectively denied the peasants their inheritance rights acquired by virtue of having tilled the lands for decades. A peasant movement started in 2000, with women as the frontline fighters eventually forcing the military to step back. Collab. Kriti Film Club, One Million Rising South Asia and Sangat. Screenings mark the Earth Day.
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