Re-viewing coastal conservation – Dakshin collaboration with the ALT Environmental Film Festival
In a bid to raise critical conversation and foster community engagement on coastal conservation, the All Living Things Environmental Film Festival (ALT EFF) collaborated with Dakshin’s field teams to host a series of impactful film screenings across three diverse locations in India. The events were held in Ganjam (Odisha), Olaikuda (Tamil Nadu), and Malvan (Maharashtra) in early December 2023 and provided a unique platform for initiating discussions on pressing coastal challenges and highlighted the pivotal role of community participation.
The screening organised by our Malvan team took place at Topiwala High School in Malvan, situated in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. The selected film, ‘Dil Dariya Khawab Samander’, was presented to over 100 students. The post-screening discussion covered topics such as the diverse range of fish species and the potential ramifications of a world without fish.
In the Olaikuda fishing village, Rameshwaram, our Palk Bay team conducted a screening that drew approximately 30 viewers, including village leaders, fishermen, youth, school children, and coastal grassroots fellows. The screening of films, ‘Fight with Care’ and ‘Changing Landscape’, ignited discussions surrounding prevalent issues in fishing communities and emphasised the necessity for more films addressing coastal concerns.
In Ganjam, the films ‘Thengapalli’ and ‘Haul Out’ effectively engaged the audience, leading to a substantive discussion on the urgency of conservation in sensitive ecological zones. The subsequent panel discussions prompted conversations regarding turtle conservation, responsible waste management, and the overarching recognition among community members of the vital importance of managing their ecological surroundings.
This was an example of a hectic but deeply satisfying collaboration that resulted in the creation of a powerful narrative to recenter coasts in conservation. The medium of film offers a way to not just entertain but inform, inspire and interrogate the meaning and form of conservation of their coastal ecosystems.