(The land of the diggers)
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.
About the Filmmakers Meghnath & Biju Toppo
Meghnath and Biju Toppo are founders of AKHRA, a group working in the field of culture and communication in Jharkhand. Meghnath is an activist working in Jharkhand for last 25 years. He has been participating in the people’s struggle against destructive development. As a film maker he tries to document voices that remain unheard.Currently, he is a teacher of Mass Communication at St. Xaviers College, Ranchi.Biju Toppo is one of the first Adivasi film makers to have effectively used the camera to counter the misrepresentation of his community by the ‘mainstream’ media. Their films have received national and international recognition.
Gaon chodab nahi!
(We will not leave our lands!)
Music Video on Adivasi Struggles in India
A cry that echoes through forests and mountains in India today is of the
adivasis, the original or indigenous dwellers who face massive
displacement due to developmental projects that are destroying the roots of
their survival base…Gaon chhodab nahin! A voice of assertion that
echoes throughout this music video that captures the marginalisation
of adivasis all over India and forces us to ask: In whose favour does
the God of Development work, and whom does it curse?
About the Director – K.P.Sasi
Sasi is a documentary film makers and in the last 25 years, has made more than
20 documentaries to be used by various people’s movements. He has made 3 feature
films which have received national and international recognition. His music video
America-America is an anti-war film and has been used all over the world. The
music video “Gaon chodab nahi” is latest to his credit.