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Films Division presents Oasis of Hope, an online festival to mark World Environment Day

Mumbai:4/6/21:The World Environment Day is being observed  on 5th June 2021  with the theme of ecosystem restoration, which aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean.  REIMAGINE. RECREATE. RESTORE is the keyword for the celebrations this year. Contributing with the same spirit, Films Division is presenting  Oasis of Hope, an online festival of films on the environment on 5th and 6th June 2021 to mark the important occasion.

The 2-day festival will consist of films that give strong message of reviving environment and reimagining the nature’s co-existence by suggesting various ways to restore the inseparable relationship of human beings and nature.  The streaming will be done on Films Division website and on YouTube channel.

The films in the special ‘green package’ are – The Jungle Man Loiya (21 Mins / Farha Khatun), a film that highlights the story of LoiyaNgamba, a nature lover from small hilly area in Manipur. For six years, Loiya stayed alone on the hill, building a dense forest, almost from scratch, and created a green space for the local communities. It’s a story of reorienting man’s relationship with nature and building a culture of peaceful coexistence, Living the Natural Way (76min. /  Sanjib Parasar), a  story about Mishing tribes living on a small Brahmaputra island and how changing climate and environment has shattered and challenged their traditional way of living, Saalumarada Thimakka – The Green Crusader (43 Mins /  P. Rajendran) which features a self-taught environmentalist of Karnataka, having no formal education. Saalumarada Thimakka is considered a role model for environmentalists all over the world who have planted hundreds of roadside trees, Climate Change (14 Mins / P. Ellappan), film on the perils of global warming and climate change. My Son Neo (15 Mins / Eng /  S. Shanmuganathan), a film that poignantly portrays how a five-year-old boy grows up amidst a natural environment, loving all living beings and setting an example for others and Plastic World (7 Mins / Music /  Paushali Ganguli), an animation films that portrays the vast and arid dystopian landscape of the future, covered in plastic waste and also alerts against the hazardous effects of plastic on human life and environment.

The festival is being screened on www.filmsdivision.org/“Documentary of the Week” and https://www.youtube.com/user/FilmsDivision throughout the day on 5th and 6th June 2021.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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