Mumbai, April 12, 2021 (IANS): Filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda’s Kalira Atita, an Odia film, is all set to be screened at Cornell University‘s film society, Cornell Cinema, at New York.
Nila Madhab Panda’s Kalira Atita
In addition to the screening, the filmmaker will also conduct a webinar with the students and faculty of the institute to discuss climate change and its drastic implications, topics that the film focuses on.
“I am happy that the film is being screened at Cornell University. The film will certainly help more dialogues on the impact of climate change, as it is based on true events in Odisha,” Panda said.
Nila Madhab Panda’s Kalira Atita, the film
Kalira Atita is a film about villages being consumed by the sea because of climate change and rising sea levels. The film was submitted for the Oscars and was also screened at the Indian Panorama section of the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.
“People have loved the film. Most of them say that it’s a timely film and has such a strong message,” he says, adding, “I think this generation is pretty conscious of the world they live in. Be it environment, gender issues or political. They are quite good at judging and sensing the world. I feel this will lead to a better future,” said Panda.
Nila Madhab Panda speaks of theme
In 2006, on the front page of a national daily newspaper, I saw a frightening picture of a lone handpump standing tall amid the sea. It was surprising as a handpump which was generally located in the middle of our villages which used to pump ground water is now in the sea.
The exploration of this story eventually led to a documentary – Satavaya which means cluster of seven villages located in east coast of India (Odisha). Upon arrival with my small team and as we were hiring a boat to get to sea, a mentally disturbed man started chasing me and said, “look, look see that was my home, can you take me there?”
While exploring the story the village head along with the revenue inspector informed us on how two villages had already gone under the sea in last decade.
That is how I followed the story for a decade, and eventually by 2018, I saw all the villages being consumed by the sea.
The few houses which remained had to be shifted every two years around the mangrove forest due to the fast sea ingression. It was rather shocking to me that the handpump from which we used to drink water, is the one which you see on the poster, also have now been consumed by the sea.