Film Festival: Screenings + Lectures + Panel Discussion + +
Namma ooru - Namma neeru
at the 8th Voices from the Waters 2013

International Travelling Film Festival on Water

Namma ooru - Namma neeru!
The importance of water is self-evident. Bangalore holds the dubious distinction of being perhaps the only major megalopolis in the world without direct access to an adequate open water source. Historically the only natural source of water in the City is the rain-fed tanks whose number has dwindled alarmingly, as we all know. This unique situation, coupled with explosive growth in the past few years and diverse other factors, has led to the unhappy consequence where water is a topic of major concern. All of us can still remember the time in May this year, when press reports warned that Bangalore had only enough water for 10 days. Conservation is thus one of the key words when it comes to discussion on issues related to water. In its continuing engagement with urban and civic issues, the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan has joined hands with Voices from the Waters, the first and still the most significant film festival worldwide devoted exclusively to the issue of water.

Namma ooru – Namma neeru has plenty in store for you:

Film Screenings
: 30.08 - 31.08.2013
 - specially curated package of recent thought-provoking films from Germany and around the world

Friday, 30.08.2013

2.00 p.m.
Water Harvesters of the Whestern Ghats - Suranga

India, 2013, 13 min.

2.15 p.m.
Meghnadi... Stories from the Meghal River - Shreyasi Mondal

India, 2012, 12 min.

2.30 p.m.
Water Fields (Jal Khet) - Anjali Nayar

India, 2012, 25 min.

3.00 p.m.
The Whistle Blowers - Umesh Aggarwal

India, 2005, 45 min.

3.45 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. BREAK

4.00 p.m.
Like Fireflies - Stefano Martone and Mario Martone

Chile, 2013, 45 min.

4.50 p.m.
Wetland: Sponges of the Earth - Subodh Kumar

India, 2012, 26 min.

5.30 p.m.
Damocracy - Todd Southgate

Canada, 2012, 34 min.

6.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. BREAK

6.30 p.m.

Chief Guest: Rohini Nilekani
, Founder, Arghyam

Inauguration of Photo Exhibition: Namma oouru - Namma neeru

Voices from the Waters 2013City-based water researcher and writer S. Vishwanath and documentary photographer Vivek Muthuramalingam curate a photo exhibition at the Goethe gallery. The focus this year is the symbiotic relationship between lakes and open wells in and around Bangalore. 10 motivated photographers will create new visual content in the shape of a photo-essay. The participants will be guided and mentored by Vivek during the entire period, and their images will be placed on display during the Festival – Inauguration on Friday August 30, 2013 at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan.

The participants: Sharanya Ramprakash, Pradeep KS, Biju Cherayath, Arati Rao, Hansika Jethnani, Ameen Ahmed, Hari Ganapathy, Sivaram Kuppachi, Adarsh Bhardwaj, Shivani Venkatesha, Rashmi Nayar, Saurav Kumar, Gopal Katwal Chhetri and Perumal Venkatesan.

Screening of: Avalahalli Kere

Keynote Address by Himanshu Thakkar: Governance of India's Rivers

Governance of India’s Rivers by Himanshu Thakkar
Coordinator, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People (SANDRP) & editor of Dams, Rivers & People

What is a river? What is a healthy river? What are the key issues in governing rivers? How do we govern our rivers? What are the relevant laws, legal stipulations, institutions that govern our rivers? What are the threats to the rivers? How will the climate change affect all this? How does our governing bodies look at rivers? Do we have success in dealing with pollution and other environmental threats of rivers? Where do we go from here?

Himanshu ThakkarHimanshu Thakkar, an engineer from Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai), is currently Coordinator of South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People (SANDRP) and editor of Dams, Rivers & People. SANDRP is an informal network of organisations and individuals working on issues related to the water sector with special focus on issues associated with large dams, mostly in India, but including South Asia regional issues. He has been associated with the work of the World Commission on Dams, Centre for Science and Environment and Save Narmada Movement.

Saturday, 31.08.2013
11.00 a.m.
86 Centimetres - Peter Jan van der Burgh and Tshering Gyeltshen

Bhutan, 2012, 40 min.

11.40 a.m.
Bottled Life - Urs Schnell

Switzerland, 2012, 90 min.

1.15 p.m.
10 Paisa - Chetankumar Pujari and Gaurav Pandey

India, 2013, 10 min.

1.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. BREAK

2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Films for Children

I Wish I Went to Ecuador - David Bunting

UK, 2011, 6 min.

One and Half Litres and Some More - R. Samuel

India, 2010, 6 min.

Ganga at Risk - K. V. Sunil
India, 2013, 3 mins.

Hen in a Boat - Arend Agthe

Germany, 1984, 111 min.

4.45 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. BREAK

5.00 p.m.
Open Wells - C. F. John, Tripura Kashyap and Azis T.M.

India, 2009, 6 min.
plus Interaction with director C. F. John

5.30 p.m.
Niranthara Neeru - Sandeep V.

India, 2012, 20 min.

6.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. BREAK

6.30 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Bangalore's Lakes: conversations on conservation

  • Gaurav Gupta, Regional Commissioner of Bangalore, Former BWSSB chairman
  • Ashwin Mahesh, Founder Member of Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC)
  • Dr. Ramachandra, Convener of  Environmental Information System (ENVIS) at Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES).
  • S Vishwanath, Zenrainman, Biome Environmental Solutions
The idea behind the event is to showcase the fruitful cooperation between the different stakeholders as Best Practice Model to a broader public. In a bid to raise the dialogue to a new level and engage even more citizens, we invite YOU to participate …

Sunday, 01.09.2013
7.30 p.m.
Closing Concert: Swarathma on Stage

Swarathma is an Indian folk-rock band from Bangalore, India. The sound is rooted in Indian folk traditions while drawing on rock, blues and reggae motifs. After their success with the Pyaasi music video, the band were featured with Shubha Mudgal for an episode of the Cannes Lion winning TV series The Dewarists. Pyaasi is a wonderful and sensitive song about important water issues in India, the brilliant music clip will be screened on this evening in Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan as well.

With a visually electric, high-energy live act, they are among India's busiest bands, playing shows to thousands of people across the country each year. Their act is high on interactivity with sing-along sections, ad-libbed repartee and the occasional couplet. It also features faux folk-horses and band members sporting Nehru Topis.

"Swarathma's socially conscious lyrics, unique folk-rock sound and spectacular stage act have made them one of the country's most popular bands in recent years"
Rolling Stone India, May 2012

Water-related Events for all ages: 30.08 - 01.09.2013