The global climate has been in decline for decades now. The increase in the number and frequency of natural disasters is glaring evidence of that. Countries around the world are facing the real threats of climate change. Take Pakistan, for example. Since June this year, it has been inundated with rainfall and by August more than a third of the country was under water according to the climate change minister. The floods were also followed by a record-breaking extreme heat wave in March, very similar to India, and showed how turbulent and unpredictable nature can be hit if it is not heeded. Climate change has been consistently ignored.
Humans are not the only ones who face harm. Natural disasters permanently destroy the ecosystem and directly affect wildlife. The animals’ loss of their habitats and the exposure of more and more endangered species on a daily basis is truly tragic whether it is due to the killing of tigers, leopards, elephants and black bears that were killed in India, or the conflict between human and wildlife is increasing as the population increases leaving few resources for the animals.
As the damage mounts, there is also a need for social responsibility.
Thus, a lot of filmmakers are taking the initiative to raise awareness of the pressing issue of diminishing wildlife.
Here is a list of five documentaries from India that draw attention to the wildlife crisis and explore the effects of climate change on different species within our landscapes:
I’m on the edge of the abyss.
This is a documentary series about different types of animals across India that has never been seen before on TV. The first season of the series features local environmentalists, ecologists, scientists and biologists talking about the wildlife in their communities and the different ways they apply to protect endangered species.
In the second season, explorer Malaika Vaz travels the subcontinent to immerse herself in the country’s magnificent landscapes and habitats. You come across some of the rarest animals that live here and delve into the strains that climate change is causing in their lives.
The docu series is directed by Akanksha Sood Singh who is a passionate natural history filmmaker. It has won three National Film Awards presented by the President of India, a Wildscreen (Green Oscar) nomination, a United Nations Film Award, a nomination at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and most recently, the Emerging Documentary Scientist Award.
You can watch On The Brink at Disney + Hotstar.
secondly. The secret life of frogs
Directed by brothers Ajay and Vijay Bedi, it is a documentary about the ecosystem and lifestyle of frogs. It discusses the variety of species found in the Western Ghats and the danger faced by certain species such as the purple frog.
The filmmakers captured the fascinating story of this colorful amphibian over 3 years deep in the rainforests of India. They beautifully depict behavioral facts hitherto unknown to science, documenting for the first time the entire life cycle of a rare and endangered purple frog that emerges from underground for only one day of the year to breed.
Ajay and Vijay Bedi are the third generation filmmakers in the family. They not only contributed to the research community by writing a scientific paper that is still used to study amphibians but they also made a proposal to Kerala to make the purple frog a state frog which helps to promote its conservation.
The film was shown at the Mumbai International Film Festival and International Woodpecker Film Festival. It earned an Emmy nomination for Best Editing in a Documentary Film. It has also won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film and the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film: Cinematography.
You can watch The secret life of frogs on me Discover +.
Third. Kingdom of Gujurana
This documentary is a journey into the Kingdom of Gujurana, one of the most vulnerable riders on our planet, who lives under severe social and political pressures exerted on beautiful landscapes of temperate and semi-sloping forests. The red-faced, blue-eyed, horned male of this species is a magnificent bird, which fascinates females with its magnificent dance. The documentary about the director’s journey to Jujurana highlights what is needed to protect this species at a time when India is rapidly losing its biodiversity.
Director Monmon Dalaria, a freelance filmmaker and National Geographic explorer of storytelling, focuses on wildlife conservation, gender, and science communication.
Kingdom of Gujurana Awarded Best Film: Mountain Wildlife at the 4th IMF Mountain Film Festiva in 2020.
You can watch this documentary at Youtube.
Fourthly. Gore in my garden
The documentary examines human-animal interactions and the conflicts arising in Kotagiri, Nilgiris – India’s biodiversity hotspot, through the experiences of residents of the Keystone Foundation campus with the Indian gaur or bison, an endangered and endangered species.
Directed by Rita Banerjee, she is a director of Conservation of Nature films. Under its Dusty Foot Productions banner, it has produced several award-winning films, including the Green Academy Award winner at Wildscreen, UK. In 2015, she founded The Green Hub – a youth and community-based fellowship for video documentation in North East India, for work related to the environment and indigenous knowledge.
This documentary was shown in Kathmandu and Thiruvananthapuram festivals.
you can watch it over here.
In Wild Karnataka
This is a 1×60 sized natural history film produced by Icon Films, Mudskipper Karnataka Forest Department and ITV Global Entertainment. It documents the natural history and wildlife of Karnataka which is also the state with the largest number of tigers and elephants.
It was directed by Amoghavarsha who is an Indian filmmaker and wildlife photographer. He has worked with National Geographic and the BBC in the past. His films have won awards such as the 67th National Film Awards, Impactdocs Merit Award, and the 2015 Australia India Youth Dialogue Alumni Scholarship.
The film won the National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure and Best Non-Fiction/Sound Novel in 2021.
you can watch it over here.
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