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