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The Lost Forest| 20mins
Director: Ishani K Dutta | Producer: Ashish Dutta
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: India
Subject Tags: asia, ecology, environment, india, indigenous rights
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Once upon a time… there was this forest of faith. A sacred grove that held in its heart secrets of a bygone era; expressed through a rich treasure trove of folklores and traditions… A forest that runs in the blood of its people… A forest of conflicts, which tradition named Mangerbani. While no-one could deny that the forest was there because it was there for everyone to see, whether it could be defined as a forest became a big bone of contention. Maybe that’s because land comes at a premium here; because if it is not a forest, there’s no need to conserve it; because developers are waiting to pounce on it, and they mean big money; and maybe because there’s no one to really prevent them, because “this is not a forest.” The fate of Mangerbani seems to be already sealed. A forest of conflict that’s all set to die a dusty death… It’s already a lost forest; a forest that isn’t there.

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