Cotton for my Shroud
Oliver Thompson Theatre, City University London
Directors: Nandan Saxena, Kavita Bahl
Producers: Kavita Bahl
Language: Hindi, Marathi and English. English subtitles
Cotton for my Shroud investigates the ongoing farmer suicide crisis in India and the culpability of the multinational Monsanto and the Indian government. It examines the strategy of multinational corporations to control seed supply, and corrupt politicians' willingness to help in this second colonisation of India.
Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) Award for the Best Investigative Film at National Film Awards, 2011.
Gold Award for Script, Awards for Excellence, Indian Documentary Producers' Association, 2011.
Followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bhal, Dr Keith Tyrell, Director of Pesticides Action Network UK and Amy Leech of Soil Association. Others - TBC.
Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl work in the genres of documentary and poetry films. Their oeuvre spans ecology, livelihoods, development and human rights. Both completed their Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Delhi in 1991 following this with a course in journalism. Kavita went on to work as a journalist for a national newspaper 'The Indian Express' for six years and Nandan worked in television news and current affairs programmes.
Cotton for my Shroud - a review by OneWorld - The Largest Wave of Suicide in History
Panel discussion with the directors Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl, Dr Keith Tyrell, Director of Pesticides Action Network UK and Amy Leech of Soil Association (others- TBC) on the farming crisis in India and internationally. Followed by a drinks reception.
£5 or £4 - concs, except Cotton for my Shroud: £8 (£7 concs) and includes the reception. Cash only on the door.
Telling Suppressed Stories. The Hindu.
Documentary on Vidarbha farmers bags National award. The Times of India.
Revealing Vidarbha's plight: 'Cotton for my shroud'. Hindustan Times
Documentary on Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis, 'Cotton for my shroud' won Gold at the IDPA Awards-2011
Cotton for my shroud: Documentary on Vidarbha farmers bags national award. Indian Water Portal.
Vidarbha Crisis Blog