The Forbidden Fruit

VAT2019 N 032
SynopsisThis film is about a tree planting drive undertaken by the Korku and Gond adivasis of Betul district in Madhya Pradesh. This is initiated by an NGO, Shramik Adivasi Sangathan (SAS), and is firmly resisted by the Forest Department. The film discusses the importance of the forests to these communities for ecological, cultural, and livelihood reasons. It also raises questions about the role of law and response of the state initiatives such as the one in question.
Original Language
English and Hindi
Uttarakhand, India
Director Bio
Rushika, currently a student of photojournalism, got her Master of Design degree in Earth Education and Communication from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. She made ‘The Forbidden Fruit’ as her final semester project. She has no previous training in film making and this is her first attempt at making a film. In college she tried her skills at photography and wrote photo essays on socially relevant issues. This combination of visual medium and social concerns has developed into film making on the problem of conservation, livelihoods and adivasis.

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