AKHRA FILMS

Saheed Jo Anjan Rahe (1996)

Akhra first film

EK Hadsa Aur Bhi (1997)

This is a film about the displacement of people by the construction of Bhakra Nangal and Tehri dams. The development policies of Independent India had displaced about 4 crore people, and 75% of these are adivasis. Even 40 years later, these people had not been rehabilitated. The film also sends out a warning, as it talks of the present protests against dams like Narmada, Tehri and Koel-karo..

Chiti Lari Hathi Se (1998)

“Where ants are fighting elephant”

story of indigenous peoples successful struggle against bauxite mining.

Self Rule (2000)

“Tribal Self Rule”

Hamare Gaon Men Hamara Raj

is a film on people movement for Gram Sabha, also known as PESA .

Development Flows from the Barrel of the GUN (2003)

This film presents and examines orchestrated state violence against indigenous and local peoples when they protest against development projects on their lands This films wonderfully evocative title sets the tone and the stage for the material that it covers. Quite simply, the film presents and examines orchestrated state violence against indigenous and local peoples when they rally and protest against development projects on their lands. Rather than focusing on a single instance, the filmmakers strengthen their thesis by recording examples from all over the country: Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat
and Chhattisgarh. In each case, using the local police force, the state has brutalised and killed protestors, often on trumped up charges of violence..

Award : Star Best film, VATAVARAN 2005

Kora Rajee (2005)

Kora Rajee is the first film in Kurukh,a tribal language. The film is about the stories of the adivasi labourers from the tea gardens of Assam and Punjab. People in this film talk about themselves and their ancestors, their migrations and exiles, their continued exploitation and marginalisation. This complex film touches upon many issues, ranging from labour migrations in the 19th century to displacement and globalisation in the 21st century.

Award.. Silver Conch MIFF 2006

Gari Lohardaga Mail (2006)

The film is an interesting documentation of many people’s memories of the narrow-gauge train, shot before it was stopped. Through Nagpuri folk songs, the personalities on the train brings forth the angst of
the one leaving their beloved, their homes, their families and their roots, perhaps for ever. These were songs that were sung in those days when the train became popular, especially among the tribal people
emigrating for work in the tea estates of Assam. A journey that became a part of the region’s history.

Iron is Hot (2008)

Loha Garam Hai (Iron is Hot) is a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred comment on lop-sided strategies of development. It is focused more on information and education than on the aesthetics of cinema or the beauty of form and content. It is more of an awareness-raising film on environment and violation of human rights through unplanned industrialisation, than a film targeted at awards or film festivals. It is not a beautiful film in any sense, but through a volume of needed information and education, it enlightens instead of entertaining. The award therefore, is a reminder that we need more films like Loha Garam Hai.

100 Days Work for You (2009)

An infotainment film on Rojgar Garanti Yojna (MANREGA).