Arunachal wildlife film draws global attention

*More films in pipeline: Glow

By Pradeep Kumar

NAHARLAGUN, July 31: A documentary ‘Wildlife-Our Lifeblood’, by Naresh Glow on a community reserve forest in Arunachal Pradesh, has drawn global attention.

The 29-minute documentary on Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve (SBVCR) has got two nominations for best film and best director category at the 15th International Wildlife Conservation Documentary Film Festival (IWCDFF) in Paris and it has also been selected for screening at the 13th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2020 (KLEFF2020).

‘Wildlife-Our Lifeblood’ is the only Indian documentary to be nominated at the Paris festival and it’s one of the three films from India to be screened in the Kuala Lumpur festival.

“It’s definitely a boost for me as a filmmaker as my film will be watched by a wider section of viewers. It will be discussed and that’s how my purpose of making a film on the community and the reserve forest will be served. I’m so happy that my first film is getting such a positive response in Asia and Europe,” Glow told this daily over telephone.

The documentary tells how the SBVCR – a 17-sqkm hotspot for biodiversity in Tenga valley in West Kameng district, came into existence and the contribution of the Bugun community people in wildlife conservation. The reserve, which was set up in 2017, is situated next to the Eaglesnest Wildlife Sanctuary, another biodiversity hotspot which is the home to the Bugun Liocichla, a rare species of bird.

The bird species was first spotted at the locality in 1996 by a birdwatcher and an astronomer Ramana Athreya which was recognised as a new species in 2006. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies it as Critically Endangered (CR).

“As we have been trying to protect this bird, I decided to make this film within only one week as a producer. This is one of my two each documentaries and film,” said Glow, who is also one of the founders and chief patrons of SBVRC who tried to capture the entire process in his documentary film.

The 15th edition of International Wildlife Conservation Documentary Film Festival (IWCDFF) 2020 will be held during December 1 to 7 at Café de la Gare in Paris in association with European Film Council (EFC), World Documentary Forum (WDF) and Cultural affairs of Paris, he said, adding the KLEFF 2020 which is slated to start from October 8 to 11 will be screening 53 films via its digital screening platform, KLEFF during the virtual festival week.

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