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Odia short film ” Sani, the Son of River Mahanadi” nominated for 11th CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival

Bhubaneswar:22/12/21:Odia’s short film made under the banner of Social Image Productions and directed by Dr.Sweta Kumar Dash has been nominated in the National segment category of Livelihoods & Sustainable Technologies for the 11th CMS  VATAVARAN film festival and forum. All nominated and awarded films will be screened in the 11th CMS  VATAVARAN film festival and forum. The 11th edition has been scheduled to be held from February 10th to 16th, 2022 in hybrid mode for the first time. All full seven days of the festival will have online screenings and programs and will be further supplemented by offline (on-ground) programs on the first three days (10, 11 & 12 February 2022).

The film Sani, the Son of River Mahanadi revolves around river Mahanadi in which rests the lifeline of the five lakhs fisherman population going to face devastation and ill consequences of so-called development projects. It also forced the fishermen to migrate from their own soil leaving their family back home in search of livelihood as bonded labour called “Dadan”. Therefore, the slogan of participatory development has gone into the winds, and the voices of millions are silenced and remain unheard. Thus, the film is the reflection of the other side of so-called development in the river Mahanadi. Sani is one character that portrays the millions of unheard voices that are lost into oblivion in the present context of development and many more are in waiting……………

Director  Bio Data

Dr. Sweta Kumar Dash after completing his M.A, M.Phil, and Ph.D. in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi pursued his career in Odisha Administrative Service. He has a special inclination for making films in his own banner “social image production” based on social issues like women empowerment, farmer suicide, caste system, indentured labor, disaster management, and the existing social blind belief. To his credit, Dr. Dash has produced five films including his upcoming Bollywood feature film” Delhi Bus “ on Nirvaya Rape Case of Delhi. Besides he has produced the short film “ Sani” which is based on the river Mahanadi and the livelihood of fishermen in Odisha. This film also facilitated the in-state film award as the best short film. another short film  “MASK” directed by Dr. Sweta Kumar Dash has won many international and national awards and recognition. Recently directed short film Healing Touch based on Carona has received several accolades.

About CMS  VATAVARAN: CMS  VATAVARAN  is India’s premier environment and wildlife film festival and forum – it is aimed towards enhancing understanding, appreciation, and shift in attitudes towards the natural world and to increase space for environmental issues in mass media and evolve a nationwide environment outreach framework. The festival taps into an important motivating factor for audiences everywhere: the emotional draw of connecting with a compelling story or character.  The festival reaches out to people from all walks of life including filmmakers, civil society groups,  government organizations,  environmentalists, researchers, conservationists, policymakers, activists, public and private sector organizations, and students of all ages, and is recognized as a  calendar event amongst filmmakers, environment, wildlife, and conservation sector. Its unique twin-track approach of organizing competitive and traveling film festivals and environment forums has positioned it as one of the most prestigious film festivals across the globe. Since its inception in 2002, ten competitive and52 traveling festivals in  41  cities of  25  Indian states have  been  organized.

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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