About The Project

Environmentals awareness needs a special communication vehicle to reach out to masses, since the long term impacts and attributes of environment can’t be visualized instantaneously and learnt. This needs specialized knowledge and prolonged experience, which cannot be expected from commons though they are the most vulnerable to environmental changes, especially in the climate milieu. In the given situation, audiovisual communication acts as a panacea, as since it breaks down the traditional barriers of written communication to ensure that our audience understands the message easily, resulting in better discussion and collaboration in business, education and personal applications. This remains the main rational in qualifying the present proposition of Eco-Cinema. Further, using documentaries in course curriculum of American institutes of higher learning’s, to repeatedly expose students to real issues, has proved to be beneficial in developing students’ perspective-taking and critical thinking abilities and sense of relevance, which collectively led to a more pro-environmental disposition. This substantially signifies the importance of this intervention in the urban perspective.

This festival comprises of Indian and American film shows, exhibition of photography and Indian Child Art, Sit & draw, Poster contests and a specialized contest on ‘Art of Recycling’, in four cities in India, Kolkata, Ranchi, Guwahati, and Patna.


SAFE & US Federal Assistance Award

SAFE

South Asian Forum for Environment, SAFE is a registered civil society organization working at science- society interface towards sustainable environment development and poverty alleviation in the Indian ecoregion of South Asia since 2004. SAFE was started to achieve sustainable environment development goals for poverty alleviation through empowerment, equity and reciprocity in the milieu of climate change in Indian ecoregion. It envisages global reciprocal partnership and participatory policy frame for 'Biorights' of commons to promote wise use of natural resources through community governance and inclusive growth for sustainable development. SAFE is nationally accredited in India by MoEF & CC, It is also a major stakeholder in the UN Environment Assembly and enjoys consultative status with ECOSOC, UNEP, UNDP, UNFCCC, UNCCCD, CANSA and GEF-CSO council of World Bank and Gender CC. SAFE envisages achieving Sustainable Development Goals through community based climate adaptive interventions.

US Department of State, Federal Assistance Award

South Asian Forum for Environment is hereby provided a federal award, the purpose of which is to: The grantee will organize and implement a film and art festival and tour that aims to generate awareness on creating a sustainable environment in East India and promote sustainable environmental practices. To support initiatives that utilize art and films as a medium for education, information and advocacy in addressing the challenges to creating and maintaining a sustainable environment. Objectives: Through series of activities and film festivals the grantee will organize and implement a film and art festival and tour that aim to generate awareness on creating a sustainable environment in East India and promote sustainable environmental practices in four cities of consular district.