There are not many rivers left in India that are still untouched! “Aghanashini” is one such rare and unique river.
Aghanashini is unique in two aspects.
First, it still flows in the same natural course since thousands of years due to the absence of any dams.
Second, it doesn’t have any industries along its course. So its water is pure throughout the year.
In an era where development is the mantra that everyone is chanting, India still holds a river that is left almost untouched! Aghanashini stands as a testimony for how a river can nurture the life of humans and other living beings along its path, equally, if left for flowing free.
The documentary covers the river from four different perspectives.
- Origin and history of the river
- Environment and rich bio-diversity along the river and its valley
- Human dependency on the river
- Culture and rituals that have developed over time because of the river
We have carried out extensive study and lot of discussions with various resource persons to arrive at a set of stories via which we have told the story of the river – from its origin till it meets the sea.
The stories that are chosen are very unique ones, some of which are found nowhere else in the world and some of which are told for the very first time.
The team took about two years to make this film.
This film covers some of the very unique aspects of the river that is being discovered for the very first time. For instance, the presence of “Moonbow” in one of its waterfalls. Moonbow is a rainbow formed because of moonlight! This is the very first record of a moonbow from Asia! Similarly, there are many untold stories of various facets of the river that is being told for the very first time to the outside world.
This is an initiative that is partly supported by Crowd Funding and partly by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies.
Behind the scenes:
Awards and accolades:
“Gold Award” in ‘Spot Light Doc Awards’ of Georgia, USA (2018)
“Award of Excellence” in ImpactDoc Awards, USA (2018)
“Best Documentary 2nd Prize” in Smitha Patil International Documentary and Short Film festival, Pune, India (2018)
“Best of Show” and Outstanding Excellence: Cinematography (Environmental) in Docs Without Borders Film Festival, USA (2018)
Official Selection in Borrego Springs Film Festival of California, USA (2018)
Official Selection under Best Environmental Film category in Kashmir International Film Festival, India (2018)
Official Selection in Moving Water Film Festival in Bangalore, India (2018)
Official Selection in Colorado Environmental Film Festival, USA (2018)
Official Selection in Cambodia International Film festival (2018)
Official Selection in RIOS – International Documentary Film Festival and Transmedia, Portugal (2018)
Official Selection in Elements International Environmental Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2018)
Official Selection in Sierra Nevada Film Festival, USA (2018)
Official Selection in Voices From The Water Film Festival, India (2018)
Official Selection in DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival, USA (2018)
Official Selection in SunChild International Environmental Festival, Armenia (2018)
Official Selection in Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, USA (2018)
Official Selection in International Ecological Film Festival TO SAVE AND PRESERVE, Russia (2018)
Official Selection in ZAGREB TOURFILM Festival, Croatia (2018)
Official Selection in Ekofilm Festival, Czech Republic (2018)
Official Selection in Eugene Environmental Film Festival, USA (2018)
Official Selection in Matsalu Nature Film Festival (MAFF), Estonia (2018)
Official Selection in Ekofilm Festival, Poland (2018)
Official Selection in Kuala Lumpur Environmental Film Festival, Malaysia (2018)
Official Selection in LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV – World Cine Fest, Lonavla, India (2018)
Official Selection in Switzerland International Film Festival, Switzerland (2018)
Finalist in Near Nazareth Film Festival, Israel (2018)
Semi-Finalist in Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, USA (2018)
Semi-Finalist in Barents Ecology Film Festival, Russia (2018)
The film is being screened at various private and public places, including schools and other institutions all across Karnataka and outside.
Contact us in case if you want to host a screening at any place.