Delhi-based filmmaker couple Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl’s film, I Cannot Give You My Forest, has been awarded the Rajat Kamal for being the Best Environment film, at the recent National Film Awards. The film is a window into the lives of the Kondh adivasis who believe that the forest is a metaphor for their sovereignty. The film got its financial support from Living Farms, an Orissa-based organisation working for the tribals. The project was partly funded by Bahl and Saxena. It completes their trilogy on “the slow genocide of farmers in India”, following Cotton for my Shroud (2011) and Candles in the Wind (2013). While Cotton for my Shroud bagged the National Award for being the Best Investigative Film, Candles in the Wind won a special mention at the National Awards. “It’s time to double our effort, and to train citizens to be the voice of our farmers. We are now planning to organise a film festival on food, agriculture and farmers,” says Saxena. The award will be handed over to them on May 3 by President Pranab Mukherjee .
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