Dark Wind / Kadvi Hawa
Director : Nila Madhab Panda /India/95/2017
Synopsis: Once famous for farming, the people of the Mahua region in Rajasthan have forgotten the earthy scent of rainfall on their soil. Erratic and receding rainfall has led many farmers into debt traps set out as loans offered by banks. Unable to grow food grain anymore and to escape repayments, many farmers end up committing suicides. Hedu, the blind father of a farmer fears his struggling son may do the same. Gunu Baba, a ruthless bank agent arrives with a growing list of suicides attributed to him. People call him a ‘god of death’. The blind father finds his son’s life threatened by the failure of his crops and the mounting pressure of bank repayment. In the case of the agent, regular floods and frequent cyclones threaten his family in the coastal village of Satabhaya, Odisha. Each wanting to save their own family, they end up helping one another. Dark Wind is a wake-up call for a world still unprepared to face the consequences of their actions, while climate change becomes a reality for millions of people.
Director Nila Madhab Panda
Screenplay Nithin Dixit
Producer Akhshay Kumar Parija
DoP Ramanuj Dutta
Editor Jabeen Merchant
Cast Sanjay Nila Madhab Panda and Manish Mundra Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tilottama Shome
This film is my little way of thinking about our Mother Earth! We all have a responsibility towards this planet. Let us spread the message of sense of urgency that climate is change is real, even though some leaders of the free world think it is a hoax. Especially now, with the American pullout from the Paris Accord, I feel it is all the more important for a film like DarkWind to travel the world and raise awareness about the very real effects of climate change. Inspired from real events, this film is an attempt to get the audienec to relate to two complex characters, trapped in a fate not of their making.
- Special Mention/Special Jury Awards-64th National Film Awards 2017