Bhubaneswar: Filmmaker NilaMadhab Panda is making a film on global climate change, which is the greatest challenge nowadays.
“I have been working on this film for the past few years in interiors of Chambal valley,” Panda said.
He made his first documentary on climate change with a film fellowship from UK High Commission/ British Council in 2005, on sea level rise, which was aired on Discovery Channel.
This film is based on the true stories from drought prone Bundelkhand region and the vanishing villages from coastal Odisha.
“Here is my new film ‘KadviHawa’ (Dark Wind) deals with the effects of global climate change in different regions of India, which is now evident globally. The story is based on my work on environmental hazards and ecological disturbance for past one decade,” said Panda.
The film is about a blind old man and a young bank loan recovery agent, ironically both coming from two extreme weather conditions having zero contribution to the global climate change, fight for their survival.
The film is in the final stage of post-production, and we are working towards a world premiere after which we will release it in India by early 2017.”
The film is produced by Nila Madhab Panda and Akshay Kumar Parija, a Dubai-based filmmaker.
“I’m glad to work with a director like Padmashree Awardee Nila Madhab Panda on a very pertinent subject of present day effects of “World Climatic Change”. The recent Paris Agreement under United Nations Framework Convention on Climatic Change (UNFCCC) is a great initiative towards the problem. I have full confidence that thru Panda’s celluloid tale, awareness will be created on this explosive problem in the world” said Parija.
Recently the film team was at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, LA to discuss the worldwide release and international distribution of the film.
Panda has roped in the Hollywood Producer Karen Tenkoff (The Motor Cycle Diaries fame) as the Executive Producer.
“Our film shows the devastating impact of climate change on a region of the world often ignored or unseen by Western audiences. Nila’s remarkable cinematic achievement brings a much-needed perspective to one of the most important issues of our time,” said Karen.
There is a larger association of Australian producers James Lingood and Shekhar Mani of Great Southern Ark Productions.
The film has a very interesting ensemble of cast Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tilottama Shome and Bhupesh.