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Landsc. Archit. Front.    2015, Vol. 3 Issue (3) : 107-117     https://doi.org/10.1007/slaf-0107-15013
EXPERIMENTS & PROCESSES |
Tracing a Terrain: conversations of people and landscape
Sunanda BHAT
Director and Producer of Have You Seen the Arana?
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Abstract

“Have you seen the Arana?” is a feature length documentary that interweaves contemporary narratives with a tribal myth, exploring effects of rapidly changing landscapes on lives and livelihood. The film is set in Wayanad, a region in South India, rich in bio-diversity and threatened by indiscriminate “development”.

Winner of several national and international awards, one citation reads: “… is elegant, patient, meditative, and subtle. The director gently moves her audience towards a deep appreciation of the tribal, mythical connections between humanity and the ecosystems that sustain us all.”

Initially conceived as a film on the agricultural crisis, my experiences over five years of research helped in understanding complexity of challenges faced by the people of Wayanad. By linking mythical-past with ecology, integrating contemporary concerns with contours of a terrain; I looked for ways to unravel multiple layers of meaning intertwining people and landscape.

Keywords Film      Contemporary Narratives      Tribal Myth      Agricultural Crisis      Development     
Issue Date: 05 August 2015
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Sunanda BHAT. Tracing a Terrain: conversations of people and landscape[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2015, 3(3): 107-117.
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