You've certainly seen several photographs of Goa - and if they are courtesy fellow students at college, you certainly remember several of them, too. Well, your kids perhaps will not. Is that good news or bad news?
The Documentary Circle of the Hyderabad Film Club, in association with Magic Lantern Foundation, Delhi, and ECOMOVE International, Germany, is organizing a 3-day mini-festival of films on the politics of environment, called Point Of View. The films will be screened at the Prasad's Preview Theatre everyday, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, between 16th and 18th February.
Environment is a political issue, whether we like it or not. Today's conflicts are more about the control of natural resources than anything else. We see these conflicts in our day-to-day life, whether it is for control of land and water, or a question of who pollutes and who pays, they are all about people's problems, and thus influence the politics of our day. It is happening around us, but we do not realize it. And when there is a realization, there is a lack of perspective. The perspective doesn't happen because, more often than not, environmental film festivals talk about non-controversial issues.
Point Of View is a sincere effort to look beyond the obvious, to give a platform for the alternative voices and untold stories. Most of these films have enjoyed wide viewership and appreciation elsewhere in India and abroad. The films straddle a wide spectrum of subjects, from India becoming a dump yard for the wastes created by European consumerism to the effects of depleted Uranium on American soldiers; from fishermen's woes in Tamil Nadu to a lone woman's fight against a toxic dump in South Africa; from the World Bank's environmental politics to locals' anger against tourism in Goa, from the horror stories of genetic engineering in Canada to the scams behind flood control in Bihar.
Today, the last day, Goa Under Seige, an Indian documentary about the impact of the tourism industry on local ecology, will be screened. Goa, a small state in the Western coast of India with an abundance of sun, sea and sand, is a hot favorite of tourists from all over the world. While the tourism industry in Goa has flourished over the years, overkill has resulted in undesirable conditions. There are many Goans who are not happy with the development, and are raising their voices against the promotion of tourism in Goa.
This film investigates the impact of the development of large scale tourism on the state's ecology, economy and culture. It elaborates on the different kinds of tourists who visit Goa, and the consequences of their visit.
The screenings are free for all. For further details, please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243.