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Film focus on unsung heroes
- Documentary traces land fight as capital readies for fest

Well-known film-maker Sriprakash’s latest documentary dwells on the life and struggles of those who led anti-displacement movements in Netarhat and Koel Karo.

Named Unsung Heroes of Hul (Hul Sengel Agua in Mundari), the documentary would be telecast by Doordarshan sometime in October, after the film is cleared by the Censor Board.

The film talks of leaders (agua in the local dialect) who led anti-displacement movements against the field firing range in Netarhat and Koel Karo hydel power project, and how these people were now struggling against new problems like Naxalism and massive migration of girls to different cities in search of jobs.

The socio-cultural changes that have occurred in the Netarhat and Koel Karo, too, are traced in the film.

Sriprakash said the film was an effort to revisit people’s attitude towards development projects vis-à-vis displacement. The leaders, though very popular during the movement days, did not want to cash in on their popularity for political gains, he said.

Despite their hold over youths, the leaders, however, failed to dissuade them from joining the Maoists cadre and the areas are now rebel dens.

The anti-displacement movements in Koel Karo and Netarhat took place during the mid-1990s.

Sriprakash has produced many documentaries on burning issues of tribal society in Jharkhand, particularly on socio-political, cultural and economic subjects. Buru Garha (Hilly River), Buddha Weeps in Jadugora, Buru Sengel (The Fire Within), Kiski Raksha (Whose Defence) and Another Revolt are among his creations.

The film-maker won the National Film Award in 2010 for his film Buru Garha, a documentary on pollution, and displacement of villagers due to development projects.