Archive for the ‘Recognition’ Category

Golden Conch for Best Doc at the Mumbai Int Film Festival 2014.


‘Have you seen the arana?’ wins the Golden Conch for Best Documentary in the National Competition at MIFF 2014. The award citation: “This film is elegant, patient, meditative, and subtle. The director gently moves her audience towards a deep appreciation of the tribal, mythical connections between humanity and the ecosystems that sustain us all.” The award was shared with ‘Invoking Justice’ by Deepa Dhanraj.

The film also won Best Cinematography Award given to Saumyananda Sahi and Best Sound to Christopher Burchell.


Best Ecodoc Award at the TinNai Eco Film Festival


“Have you seen the arana?” wins the Best Ecodocumentary Award at the TiNai Eco Film Festival, 2014, held in Goa last week.

Award citation: “A beautiful film, with an excellent narrative arc makes a compelling statement on the wisdom of indigenous communities in the context of India’s widespread agrarian crisis.”

“Have you seen the arana?” in Top 10 Indian Docs of 2013.


Top 10 Indian Documentaries of 2013 – Dear

2013 proved to be yet another exciting year for Indian documentaries: they screened at numerous international film festivals and took home awards. In a small but significant step, a few of them even found their way into theatres in India. Though the domestic funding and distribution scenario still remains gloomy, there?s much to rejoice in the international acclaim that these documentaries have found in the last year.

We have compiled a list of the 10 most successful documentaries of 2013, taking into account factors such as film festivals, awards, popularity, reviews and distribution. Read more…

Mark Haslam Award at Canada’s largest environmental film festival.


HAVE YOU SEEN ARANA? has won the 2013 Mark Haslam Award at Planet in Focus, Canada’s largest Environmental Film Festival.

The Mark Haslam Award is bestowed to a drama, documentary or experimental film the gives voice to individuals, communities, struggles or stories that are under-represented in media and is made by a filmmaker who is a member or participant of that particular community, struggle or story. The film represents the power to inspire reflection and positive action towards the social and ecological health of the planet.

Two awards for the Arana at the Jean Rouch International Film Festival in Paris.

Have You Seen the Arana? has been awarded the Prize “MONDE EN REGARDS” by INALCO Jury of the 32nd Jean Rouch International Film Festival
Citation: “For its anthropological relevance as it traces the impact of economic changes on nature and society, while interweaving an original myth of the place.”

The International Jury of the Festival awarded a Special Mention, the Anthropology and Sustainable Development Prize, with the following citation “A film of great aesthetic quality, that makes us consider the fragility of oral-based knowledge about nature”

Jeevika Asia Livelihood Film Festival Awards


Arana wins two awards at the Jeevika Asia Livelihood Film Festival, 2013.
Best Cinematography & Best Editing: Have You Seen The Arana?
Director: Sunanda Bhat | Cinematographer: Saumyananda Sahi | Editor: Tanushree Das

Screening as Doc-art Special at Film Week Hamburg

‘Have you seen the arana?’ has been invited for the ‘FILM WEEK HAMBURG’ hosted by Ministry of Culture and the Consul General of India, Hamburg. (more…)