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India: New film about Adivasis and extractive industries

August 11 2016
One of IWGIA’s partners in Asia, the filmmaker Tapan Bose, has produced a new documentary on the historic struggle of the Adivasi in India. The film was screened in Delhi on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

The documentary is called “The Expendable People”. It aims at making visible the struggles of Adivasi peoples and their efforts to make their rights recognized and implemented against the continuous dispossession of their lands and criminalization of Adivasi activists.

Using rare archival footage and interviews with the anthropologist Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf, the film exposes the consequences of extractive industries’ activities in the lives of the Adivasi. Development projects have first stripped their forests for timber and now digs out gold, bauxite, iron ore and chrome.

The film also highlights a moment of hope, when the government brought in the Forest Rights Act (2006) to right ‘historic wrongs’. However, that promise has been betrayed time and again, so as to protect predatory developers against these expendable peoples.

“The Expendable People” was produced with support from IWGIA.

Here you can watch the trailer: