News Karnataka
Friday, November 26 2021

Indian Cinema

Aarti Srivastava’s documentary wins at Yale Environment contest

New Delhi: Aarti Srivastava’s documentary about pollution caused due to cement plants in the erstwhile forested areas of Meghalaya has bagged the first place at the ‘2021 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest’.

The documentary titled “The Story of Lumshnong”, by Aarti Srivastava examines how government officials allowed cement companies to pour pollution leading to the destruction of the local ecosystem in Meghalaya.

Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine published at Yale University’s School of the Environment.

It offers an opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues.

Lumshnong is a village in the Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.

Several companies have set up mining projects and cement plants thanks to the abundant availability of limestone in the area.

Aarti Srivastava said she had been reading about Meghalaya mining in newspapers and got a chance to travel to the area.

A local friend took her around the area which was a total “disaster”.

Forests had vanished, area faced water problems and in general people around the cement plants were suffering.

“This was an issue which was not talked about as much as it should have been. After that first visit, I started going there. The film was made over a period of two years,” she told IANS over the phone.

Aarti Srivastava, who shares time between Mumbai and Chennai, started as a journalist and after about five years in print and television, shifted to filmmaking following her interest in developmental journalism.

Her film ‘Foresting Life’ has won a national award for best non-feature category in 2014.

Among her professional work for over 10 years, is her role as an executive producer for Salman Khan starrer ‘Kick’ and several ad films.

“That ensures my daily bread and butter so I can follow my passion for the environment,” Srivastava said.

So what is next on her plate?

Two films, one, a five-episode film on human rights in Kashmir and another on climate change for OTT platforms.

MANY DROPS MAKE AN OCEAN
Support NewsKarnataka's quality independent journalism with a small contribution.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Visit 7Jackpots and find the best online casinos in India! Play the most popular casino games for real money!

Find the best odds at 10Cric and ipl betting 2021! Signup today and get up to a 100% deposit bonus.

Subscribe Newsletter

Get latest news karnataka updates on your email.

error: Content is protected !!