Ranchi, Aug. 31: National Award winning city-based filmmaker Biju Toppo’s documentary Resistance — based on Nagri land movement — will be screened at the 10th edition of Jeevika: Asian Livelihood Documentary Festival at India Habitat Centre, Delhi, tomorrow.
Toppo’s film will be shown under the ‘Professional Long Documentaries’ category. The other segments are professional short documentaries and student’s category.
Around 30 films, including A Little Revolution by Harpreet Kaur, A Story of Suicides & Dreams and Shepherds of Paradise by Raja Shabir Khan and Teach to Learn by Atul Kumar, have been selected for screening at the festival that kicked off on August 29 and will conclude tomorrow.
Speaking to The Telegraph over phone from Delhi, Toppo said, “I am looking forward to the screening as filmmakers from across the country will know how tribal people are fighting for their rights.”
The documentary received a good response from students at Cynosure held at St Xavier’s College in January this year.
Through this hour-long documentary, Toppo wants to raise voice in support of tribals, who are being forced to part with their land not only in Jharkhand but also in other states of the country.
“I have also tried to suggest that the people of Jharkhand are not opposed to development projects. They do want premier institutes to come up, but not in Nagri. They may be built in Kutte village, 3km from Nagri,” he said.
In 2011, the government tried to acquire 227.71 acres of agriculture land to set up campuses for three institutes in Nagri, around 15km from the state capital. The villagers launched a massive protest.
“We started shooting this film then to depict how innocent tribal people are made pawns,” he said.
The documentary festival is organised mainly for young filmmakers who want to higliight several burning issues plaguing the society.
• A Little Revolution by Harpreet Kaur
• A Story of Suicides & Dreams, Shepherds of Paradise by Raja Shabir Khan
• Teach to Learn by