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Chilika Bank$: Stories from India's Largest Coastal Lake from 1970-2007 by Akanksha Joshi

In a canvas spread over four decades, a banyan tree, on the banks of the lake Chilika, silently whispers tales of the lake and her fisher folk. From the times when there was no export bazaar, to the time when there may be no lake.

First Prize, Jeevika Film Festival, New Delhi
Best Film – Livelihood, CMS Vatavaran Film Festival, New Delhi
Film Southasia,Nepal
Voices from the Water – International Film Festival, Bangalore
International Film Festival of India, Goa
Rodos Ecofilms International Festival, Greece
Chennai International Film Festival
Fishing for the Future Film Festival, Newfoundland, Canada
National Film Festival on Art & Artists, Bhubaneshwar

Akanksha Joshi is in the nature of wandering minstrels, a story-teller who uses film, sound, text and dance to share her experiences of the visible and inner worlds. She is also an award winning filmmaker and photographer. Her oeuvre stretches from stories of compassion, Gujarat 2002 – Passengers, to spending four years on the banks of Chilika Lake in Orissa. Another few roaming the forests, the deltas and the arid lands for her most recent award winning work - Earth Witness. She is the recipient of many awards for cinematography, direction and a nomination for the Wild Screen Awards at Bristol 2012. She continues to be a one woman film company who films, edits, scripts and directs herself.

  • Script: Amrit Sagar
  • Cinematography and Editing: Akanksha Joshi
  • Project Partner: Doordarshan

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