and money. This film is a powerful critique of modern man’s
mercenary attitude towards nature and his anthropocentric conception
of development. The sad plight of the elephant in both its wild
and domesticated states exposes clearly how such behavior brings
death and wreaks havoc on the lives and habitats of other species.
Shot over five years, this is Balan’s third film.
Bahadur Trophy for Best Film, Film South Asia ’03.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
in rural Kannur, Kerala, P Balan was active
in the film society movement in that state. His first documentary,
the 1997 Aanpoove, won the Kerala State TV Award and a special
jury mention at the Oberhausen International Film Festival. Balan,
who also works in radio, is concerned with subjects related to
human rights, natural resource management, ecology, traditional
knowledge systems, and gender discrimination.
Biju S Koonthanam
Anmpu Media Trust