India’s biggest environmental film festival comes to Odisha

Gram Vikas invites you to All Living Things Environmental Film Festival (ALT EFF), India’s top environmental film festival, for exclusive in-person screenings!

ALT EFF will feature a curated selection of compelling films, showcasing inspiring documentaries and films on sustainability and offering a unique perspective on our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Join us as we explore the beauty of our planet and discuss crucial environmental topics.

:clapper::sparkles: Save the date:

:date: December 2, 2023

:alarm_clock: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

:round_pushpin: Gram Vikas’ Mahendra Tanaya Ashram School, Koinpur, Gajapati district, Odisha.

:date: December 4, 2023

:alarm_clock: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

:round_pushpin: Gram Vikas’ Mohuda campus, near Berhampur, Ganjam district, Odisha.

:tickets: Free Entry!

Register using the QR Code in the photos and immerse yourself in captivating documentaries and short films on environmental conservation and sustainability.

Thanks for listing! Laura here, Festival Producer at ALT EFF. Wanted to clue in Bombay-based folks to attend our Opening Night at Liberty Theatre, Marine Lines, Bombay.

We’ll be screening ALT EFF 2023 Best of Festival award winner; it’s an exceptional documentary about a maverick climate scientist attempting to rewild the Siberian Arctic: Pleistocene Park

The film will be followed by a panel: ‘Storytelling as a Powerful Medium for Change’ with:

  • Luke Griswold-Tergis and Nikita Zimov (Filmmaker and protagonist of Pleistocene Park)
  • Rushikesh Chavan (The Habitats Trust)
  • Vishaka George (People’s Archive of Rural India)
  • Moderated by Anupama Mandloi, Impact Producer of Coral Woman
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At Gram Vikas, we had the honour of hosting ALT EFF, India’s largest environmental film festival, sparking a fervour for climate-conscious action. The event showcased impactful documentaries and films centered around environmental conservation and sustainability.

The in-person screenings were held at Gram Vikas’ Mahendra Tanaya Ashram School (MTA) in Koinpur, Gajapati district, and Gram Vikas’ Mohuda campus near Berhampur town in the Ganjam district on December 2 and 4, 2023.

The festival at MTA School on December 2, 2023, drew over 125 students from Class VII to Class X. An additional 100 students from the SCST Development School and the Vikalp program by Social Shapes Foundation, a mentorship initiative for rural adolescents and youth in Koinpur, were also part of this enriching experience.

Upon inquiry, Sudhanshu Sekhar Sabara, a Class IX student at MTA School, shared his thoughts on the films that left a lasting impact. He singled out ‘All Day and All Night,’ which depicts the bond a 13-year-old girl forms with water near Ahmedabad’s largest landfill, Pirana. The impactful narrative left a lasting impression on Sudhanshu, prompting him to contemplate water as a precious resource.

The carefully chosen movies connected with our audience, comprised of more than 60 students and teachers, mainly from colleges in the Berhampur area. People from institutions in Berhampur town, like Presidency College, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shalom Institute of Management Studies, and Gram Vikas staff, also attended.

We spoke to Tanushree Padhy, a Master of Social Work student from Presidency College, Berhampur, who found the film “Between The Rains” very touching. She said, “I learned a lot from the film. It showed the challenges faced by the people of Kenya, dealing with issues like drought, and how they overcame them. It was an inspiring film, and I am glad I got the opportunity to watch it at Gram Vikas’ Mohuda campus


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