It was a sacred home, where mutual interdependency between ancient tribes
and mother nature created a unique harmony that has existed for ages.
Now it is a national park, monitored and regulated by the state. It
is the forests of Nagarahole and Kakanatoke in Southern India. Until
the early seventies, the forests were home to the Kurubas, its original
inhabitants. However, forest authorities have forced these people to
abandon the only home they have ever known. With some personal interviews
and a closer look into a few of this individualšs lives, a greater understanding
is gained of the many things that these forests actually represent.
This moving film journeys through the struggles that the Kurubas have
endured through their eviction from their ancestral lands and the hardships
that they have encountered while integrating into modern society. What
will become of them? The forests will be taken care of by the state,
but can we say the same for the Kurubas?
Vinod Raja graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India
with a specialization in cinematography in 1985. He has photographed
and co-directed several works including, "Toli Chinuka" ("Fragrance
of the First Rain"), a film about the water harvest systems of rain
fed farming in Southern India. He has been associated with the Indigenous
Peoples Movement in Nagarahole and Kakanatoke since 1996 and is still
currently involved with various human rights and environmental groups
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