In God’s Own Country

In rural India, children and teenagers still run out of their classrooms to look at planes flying above. For the children of Kasaragode district in Kerala, India it was even more exciting – a helicopter flew through their skies every…

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In rural India, children and teenagers still run out of their classrooms to look at planes flying above. For the children of Kasaragode district in Kerala, India it was even more exciting – a helicopter flew through their skies every year spraying a white mist over the cashew plantations.

This started 30 years ago. The white mist is Endosulfan. A deadly pesticide.

A local doctor Dr. Mohanakumar noticed that his patients were falling mysteriously ill. There were too many cases of cancer and even more disturbing congenital birth defects. Narayana, a teacher at the local school realized that nearly one third of the school’s students were impaired in some form or the other.

The hills that were once filled with bees, jackals and many bird species were strangely silent. Suicide and depression are now common.

The community correlated these events to the pesticide sprays. This was the beginning of an awakening and a battle to stop the pesticide sprays.

Tests conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment revealed that almost everything was contaminated with endosulfan – right from the water, to the vegetables to human blood. The government decided to ban the pesticide temporarily.

Who are the children of Kasaragode? What is their life like? ‘In God’s Own Country’ tells the story of a community that refuses to leave its ancestral home but instead stays to fight for it’s basic right to pure air and water.

Credits:
Producer Elephant Corridor Films
Directors Rajani Mani, Nina Subramani
Camera Viraj Singh
Editing Radha Narayanan
Music Timothy Madhukar
Distributor Elephant Corridor Films

Honours:
NOMINATED AT PINE FILM FESTIVAL, 2004
NOMINATED AT ONE WORLD INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, OTTAWA, 2004
NOMINATED FOR BEST FILM – PLANET IN FOCUS FILM FESTIVAL, TORONTO, 2004
NOMINATED FOR THE NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION CATEGORY,
VATAVARAN INDIA 2003
NOMINATED FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2002
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 10th ANNUAL RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, LONDON 2002

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