The British Council is presenting the Wildscreen Film Festival
on 15th and 16th February at Prasads IMAX and Prasads Labs Preview Theatre. The 2-day film festival will witness the screening of a few of the world-class films on environmental issues and wildlife. The festival also includes master classes on various aspects of film-making, and screenings of international wildlife and environmental films, some which are winners of the Panda Awards, aka the Green Oscars.
The festival is part of the British Council's Climate Change Program which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change in an urban environment. As part of the festival, The Wild Meat Trail is being screened on 15th February at Prasads IMAX, Screen 5. The film has been produced by Dusty Foot Productions and directed by Rita Banerji & Shilpi Sharma.
Wild meat hunting and consumtion is an integral part of the life of communities in the north east of India. Open wild meat markets exist in different towns and cities across the states. A hoopoe bird sells for Rs. 400, a giant squirrel for Rs. 500, and a barking deer for Rs. 6,000, while the forest seems devoid of wildlife, and what you see in the markets is an indicator of what still remains.
The Wild Meat Trail is a quest to get some insight into the region's hunting practices, and its place in the current cultural context. It is a journey through the north-east of India ? travelling from small towns to remote villages, trekking though wild terrains, participating in village rituals, talking to sellers and consumers - in an attempt to develop some understanding of the state of the wildlife, and whether there is another path possible.
Wildscreen is the world's largest and most prestigious wildlife and environmental film festival. Founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1982, the festival has been organised every alternate year in Bristol for the past 28 years. The Wildscreen Festival came to India in 2007 and toured Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai. In 2009, the festival visited Delhi, Guwahati, Bangalore, Mumbai, and also Colombo.
Entry is free for everyone. Please contact the British Council at 2348-3333 for further details.