Jacaranda Tales- Second Edition

An International Film Festival on Climate Resilience

6,7,9 & 10 October 2023

4 Days • 2 venues • 20 Films • 4 Panel Discussions

BSF organized the second edition of the International Film Festival Jacaranda tales in October, with Climate Resilience as the theme. The in-person film festival screened 20 films, had 4 panel discussions and saw attendance, participation and discussion by more than 600 people, across age groups. The opening address was delivered by Padmavati Rao and Dr Ramchandra Guha delivered the closing note. Apart from these, the panels were populated by researchers, activists, eminent environmentalists, knowledge experts, professionals and filmmakers among others.

The festival also had an online edition which featured 33 films across 3 themes, available to all and free of cost. With a viewership of more than 1000 people, the online festival took these stories across borders.

The event was non-commercial, non-ticketed and open to all.

Organized in collaboration with

Bangalore Film Society (BFS), Kriti Film Club, Gamana Women’s Collective, Environment Support Group (ESG), Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS), Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi and Mount Carmel College (MCC).

Background

This summer, many Indian cities experienced record-setting temperatures. Multiple cities such as Navi Mumbai even witnessed as many as 16 deaths due to heat stroke during a public event. Deaths have been reported even when the temperatures were not sky-rocketing and people were exposed to extreme humidity. The World Bank warned that India could become one of the first places in the world where wet-bulb temperatures could increase beyond the survivability threshold of 35°C.

India has been experiencing the severe impacts of worldwide climate change for a few decades now. Unusual and unprecedented spells of hot weather are expected to occur far more frequently and cover much larger areas. With rapid urbanisation our cities are becoming concrete jungles and in turn, ‘heat islands’. Dry years are expected to be drier and wet years wetter. Our rivers’ flows are already altered due to the glacier melt. Coastal cities such as Mumbai and Kolkata are particularly vulnerable to the impact of sea-level rise.

Being a developing country, we are still tackling issues such as disproportionate distribution of wealth and resources, strain on existing resources due to increasing population etc. Policies in India are still failing to be inclusive of the marginalised groups and communities. Climate change is deeply intertwined with global patterns of inequality, making the socially weaker section of the society more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and widening the inequality based on caste, class, religion, ethnicity, etc. in our society. Underestimating the effects of climate change in India could reduce or even reverse the progress on a range of goals for sustainable development related to poverty, hunger, health and wellbeing, equality, economic growth and industrial innovation and biodiversity.

Every year, millions of people from rural areas migrate to the cities in search of a better quality of life. This rapid urbanisation in the country will require new construction of commercial and residential spaces and infrastructure. That means, a large chunk of the India of the future is yet to be built. As a nation, we are at a juncture where we have the possibility to incorporate methods adapting to climate change and make our infrastructure resilient. We have a rare chance of designing them right.

Combining climate change resilient planning with inclusive policies and mindful businesses and industries can become our initial step towards tackling this threat to humankind. We need sustainable solutions, ways of living by using not only the technology and modern methods but also indigenous systems which can empower marginalised communities, genders and castes.

Keeping these complexities of tackling the climate change in India in mind, we are organising the second edition of an international film festival titled,Jacaranda Tales’, on the theme of Climate Resilience. This is a non-commercial film festival and will be open to the public. We will be screening films that narrate stories of resilience and courage, as well sustainability and environmental actions and solutions, contextualised on the principles of equality, self-respect and dignity of people. The selected films are both national and international and across the genres of documentary, short fiction, animation and action/ organisational video stories.

Interspersed with panel discussions with eminent environmentalists, knowledge experts, professionals and filmmakers, we attempt to initiate conversations that recognise such possibilities and contribute to the narratives needed in the current situation of a changing climate that urgently demands attention.

We aim to bring together a community that is aware and is imaginative towards creating a climate resilient future. The festival will be held in two-day slots at Gandhi Bhavan and Mount Carmel College to reach a diverse audience. We intend to take this film festival to Bangalore urban and rural academic institutions and communities soon after the festival is over, and will also organise an online edition of selected films.

Schedule

Day 1 - 6th October @ Gandhi Bhavan

10:00 AMRise: From One Island to Another by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Aka Niviâna, 6 mins
Followed by Inauguration to the festival
11:35 AMTea break
11:45 AMAnote’s Ark (Inaugural Film) by Matthieu Rytz, 77mins
Followed by film discussion
1:30 PMLunch break
2:00 PMDhivarah (Way of life) by Giridhar Nayak K, 13 mins
Followed by film discussion
2:30 PMPanel Discussion : Climate Change and Transition to “greener” futures: Plotting the Journey
3:50 PMRelief in the Sandy Plains by CEEW, 4mins
Hum Chitra Banate Hai by Nina Sabnani, 9 mins
Followed by film discussion
4:10 PMTea break
4:30 PMThis Changes Everything by Avi Lewis, 89 mins
Followed by film discussion

Day 2 - 7th October @ Gandhi Bhavan

10:00 AMAll That Breathes by Shaunak Sen, 97 mins
Followed by film discussion
11:50 AMTea break
12:05 PMForget Shorter Showers by Jore, 12 mins
Followed by film discussion
12:30 PMPanel discussion : Indigenising local Responses to Climate Change
1:30 PMLunch
2:00 PMHailstorm by Shobhit Jain, 61 mins
The Grasshopper sleeps Here by Balaram J, 8 mins
Anthropocene Relooked by Vipin Vijay, 54 mins
Followed by film discussion
4:15 PMTea break
4:30 PMPushed Up the Mountain by Julia Haslett, 76 mins
Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Julia Haslett

Day 3 - 9th October @ Mount Carmel College

9:30 AMIntroduction with Day 1 and Day 2 summary
9:50 AMAn Uncertain Winter by Mummun Dhalaria, 5 mins
Above Water by Aïssa Maïga, 90 mins
11:30 AMTea Break
11:45 AMDahar (Desert) by Vandana Menon, 12 mins
Uttarakhand’s Young Water Scientists by CEEW, 4 mins
12:10 PMPanel discussion Climate Impact and Action through the eyes of Women and Youth:
1:00 PMLunch
1:30 PMOnce You Know by Emmanuel Cappellin, 105 mins
Followed by film discussion

Day 4 - 10th October @ Mount Carmel College

9:30 AMIntroduction to day 4
9:40 AMMoti Bagh by Nirmal Chander, 60 mins
Followed by film discussion
10:45 AMThe Woods are Calling by Teenaa Kaur, 26 mins
11:15 AMTea Break
11:35 AMPushed Up the Mountain by Julia Haslett, 76 mins
Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker
1:00 PMLunch
1:30 PMThe Art of Change, Climate Change by María Álvarez, Elisa Morais, (Sois de Traca), 3 mins
1:40 PMPanel discussion : What if you were a Great Indian Bustard now?: Biodiversity and Climate Resilience
2:40 PMRise: From One Island to Another by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Aka Niviâna, 6 mins
2:46 PMVote of Thanks (Closing Ceremony)

Collaborators

Bangalore Film Society (BFS) is a nonprofit organisation consisting of cineastes who explore cultural politics through the medium of cinema and how cinema impacts and shapes modern cultural practices, politics and social behaviour. BFS has been organising film screenings and discussions on feature and documentary films and also has been proactively curating film festivals and conducting conferences on various themes for the past 40 years.

Kriti Film Club is an initiative of KRITI, a development praxis and communication team, a not-for-profit entity, based in New Delhi, with work across India. They have been screening documentary films at least once a month since the year 2000 on a range of issues connected with development, human rights and social attitudes/ trends.

Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti popularly known in its abbreviated form BGVS at the national level, emerged in 1989. BGVS has been putting its relentless effort to bridge the widening gap and disparities between the rich and the poor in the society, trying to abolish dogmatic social systems by developing a scientific bent of mind and spirit among the communities.

Environment Support Group (ESG), is an independent not-for-profit organisation that works to mainstream environmental and social justice in decision making through research, documentation, advocacy, training and campaign initiatives. They endeavor to mainstream the rights of local communities and voiceless ecosystems taking into account contextual complexities, especially their socio-cultural histories and traditional knowledge and practices. They work inter-sectorally, inter-sectionally and with an intent to ensure their actions are inter-generationally relevant.

Gamana Women’s Collective: Gamana from the word meaning journey or departure (Hindi) and also mindfulness (Kannada) is an informal women’s collective working through SIEDS that seeks to deepen those areas of community interventions, campaigns, training and institutional solidarities that many of its members have been involved with for decades as part of the autonomous women’s movement.

Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi is an autonomous state body for furthering the objective of perpetuating the memory and message of Gandhiji to the coming generation. It has housed within its premises various Gandhian constructive institutions such as Karnataka Sarvodaya Mandal, the Sarvodaya Sahithya Samithi, the Harijan Sevak Sangh. This festival will be hosted in Gandhi Bhavan, Bangalore.

Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru is the forerunner of holistic education envisioning the transformation of students to professionals. They focus on providing students with a conducive environment merged with state-of-the-art facilities and guidance from esteemed lecturers in the pursuit of humanising each student to participate in society as a responsible citizen, dynamic professional, and empathetic human.