The documentary, Children of the Forest, relates the remarkable story of Dr. Prakash and Mandakini Amte, and their work among the Madia Gonds in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. Through their multi-pronged Lok Biradri Prakalp project, the Amte family has worked to improve the health and education of the tribals here, and have also successfully run the Amte Animal Ark, an orphanage for injured wild animals, for 35 years.
The orphanage came into being when Dr. Amte began taking in animal babies that were orphaned by the Madia hunters. The orphanage has today grown to include a huge variety of animals, who live in absolute harmony.
The Amte couple was awarded the Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 2008.
This documentary tracks their determined work in this volatile corner of the state, and pays tribute to their never-say-die spirit.
Join us on Saturday, December 7, for a free screening, and interaction, at the lovely Pagdandi - Books Chai Cafe.
About the director:
Mayuri Panse Kerr is a trained dentist, and moonlights as a film-maker to channelise her deep love for nature and wildlife. In 2007, she was one of the four, from among thousands of global applicants, to be selected for the Animal Planet reality show called 'Unearthed'. The four participants were trained in wildlife film-making in South Africa for a month.
She is currently studying for a Masters in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mayuri will join us for a Skype chat after the screening, and all attendees will be invited to share with her questions, suggestions, and more, with regards to the documentary.
For registrations and queries, contact:
Shishir - +91-9822132092
Shruti - +91-9096567519