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Film Festival “Quotes from the Earth” 2014

Source: Toxics Link, Date: , 2014

Toxics Link organized the 6th edition of “Quotes from the Earth” an environmental festival at India International Centre, on 5th and 6th December 2014. Inaugurated by Padmshree and Kathak Guru Smt. Shovana Narayan, the festival drew a huge audience of over 300, comprising students, film lovers, environmentalists, and also researchers working on environmental issues. Speaking on the occasion Smt. Narayan emphasized the need for being concerned about environment and having a positive approach towards it, and cautioned the audience that currently we human beings are becoming the mythical “Kaliya Daman” by spilling venom into the environment. 


During the span of 2 days, the festival brought the audience a bouquet of 24 films on all shades of environment ranging from vanishing bio-diversity to rampant mining, lives of tribes to global climate change, threats to lakes and rivers to forest conservation, and toxic waste to sustainable development. The films intended to make the audience feel the glory of nature and at the same time see the conflicts of modern day development with nature. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ravi Agarwal pointed out that films connect environment with our inner selves, and this the reason why we have been persistently organizing environment based film festivals. Besides screening of films, a panel discussion on “Shaping environmental discourse-the role of media” was held during the festival. Eminent personalities from news media, film-making, environment and from academics joined the discussion. The film festival was organized in coordination with India International Centre, with support from SSNC.

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