KOHIMA, April 14, 2018: After winning the distinguished Golden Beaver Award at the 7th National Science Film Festival in 2017, ‘The Pangti Story’, a 26-minute film about a village’s conservation efforts, has gone on to win the Best Environment Film (non-feature film) at the 65th National Film Awards which were announced on Friday at New Delhi. The documentary was directed by Kohima-based filmmaker Sesino Yhoshü.
The makers of ‘The Pangti Story’ will be receiving the award alongside big names in the Indian film industry.
‘The Pangti Story’ is an offshoot of a personal admiration that a village of hunters could come together to become conservationists, says Sesino, who leads a production team, the Take One Production.
A lot has been said and written about the Amur Falcons, the migratory birds that come to roost in Nagaland every year, specifically in the forested regions of Pangti village in Wokha district, from Siberia to South Africa via India and back. The village has gained accolades for its effort to protect the annual aerial visitors. But what most people are not aware is that for Pangti villagers, it is not just a story of hunters who became protectors, but a struggle in their having to deviate from a major livelihood source.
‘The Pangti Story’ explores the story about what brought down figures of over 15,000 birds being killed every day before 2012 then, to zero killing. in conjunction with the transition of an entire village from one that slaughtered thousands of the winged visitors to becoming a most fervent preservationist.
The film highlights how in 2012 Nagaland made global news for the wrong reasons: thousands of the small raptors were being mercilessly hunted. A massive campaign to save these birds was launched. The film talks about how Pangti transformed from a killing field into a safe haven for the birds within a span of two years.
The main subjects of the documentary are the people who saw and experienced the transition, reflecting on what it took to bring the massive falcon harvest to a halt. It focuses on the stories and people who made history.
The makers of The Pangti Story will be honoured with the Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal) and a cash prize.
Source, Image Courtesy: Eastern Mirror