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A Road Back Home| 4mins
Director: Snehasis Das | Producer: THE NAKED EYE
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: India
Subject Tags: asia, community, farming, food, india, livelihood, water
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Depicting the successful journey of a village in Western Orissa, the film shows how once-parched lands now yield bumper crops and how dried streams have been revived. A villager of western Orissa finds hope this monsoon, as he checks out his farm. Agriculture is picking up; there is increased income. The nightmare of migrating has receded into the dark past. For almost a century, the region has seen heart-rending struggles for survival as it spent more than 45 years in fighting drought. Endlessly disappointed, people sank into hopelessness. Was there a way out? Local communities were desperate to bring their village back to life. NGO MASS gave the impetus: catch water where it falls. For the agrarian village, that was the mantra for rebirth, and a deficit village became a maximum village. Once-parched lands now yield bumper crops. Dried streams have revived. Villagers don't move out except to sell their farm produce…
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