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Chronicles of Oblivion| 25mins
Director: Priyanjana Dutta | Producer: Dakshin Foundation
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: India
Subject Tags: asia, equality, food, india, livelihood, resources, water
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
'Odisha' translates as 'the land of the people.' But what promise does this state hold for her forgotten people? Women from marine fisher communities have historically been a dismissed lot. The stories of women living along diverse landscapes of Odisha's 480 km coastline are that of coping with their circumstances and of struggles for survival. Toiling in regions where rights are largely ephemeral notions, the daily lives of fisherwomen hinges on numerous uncertainties. Confronting not just an overall scenario of depleting fish catch and unsustainable fisheries, women located along biodiversity rich habitats also have to contend with the fickleness of legal conservation restrictions which have dealt a severe blow to their livelihoods and way of life. Chronicles of Oblivion unearths the insidious impacts of sea turtle conservation seen through the eyes of women fish workers of Odisha. These women’s stories guide the narrative of the film revealing the unequal and invisible world of women fish workers from Kendrapara and Ganjam, and the unaccounted labour of coping with conservation.
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