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Dec 01 - 05,  Kochi,  India

I cannot give you my forest


‘I cannot give you my Forest’ is a modern day rendition of the David and Goliath story, played out in an Orwellian setting.  The film is an intimate poetic window into the lives of the Kondh adivasis in Odisha- who eschew the duality of Man and Nature. The Kondh have internalised the Forest – pacing the rhythms of their lives with the cycle of the seasons. The Forest is a metaphor for their identity and their sovereignty. Against the foil of the bloodshed in what the Indian government calls the ‘Red Corridor’, their philosophy gives a counterpoint to the dominant discourse.

Director :Nandan Saxena Language :Hindi Country :India
Producer : Nandan Saxena Editor :Nandan Saxena Screening Type:2D
Cinematographer : Nandan Saxena Year :2015 Duration:45 Mins


Director Name

Nandan Saxena

Director Biography

Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl are the recipients of the National Award for Best Investigative Film for ‘Cotton for my shroud’ (2011), a special mention for ‘Candles in the wind’ at the 61st National Film Awards (2013) and the National Award for Best Film on Environment including Agriculture for their film I cannot give you my Forest (2014). They have been visiting faculty at the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Central University of Rajasthan. Mr Nandan is also an avid photographer. In 2009, he had a 30-day solo exhibition of his photographs at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

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