Screening : “Earth Witness-Reflections of the Times & the Timeless” #DocnTalk3

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Date(s) - 10/01/2020
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

M.L Bhartia Auditorium


“Four common people – a teacher, a farmer, a shepherd, a father – find themselves on the front line of the earth’s biggest, most complex crisis: climate change. Belonging to India’s ancient tribes, they bear witness to the science behind the changes that affect their day to day life. Living in diverse climatic regions, they use this challenge as a part of their art with nature.”

Alliance Française de Delhi (AFD) and the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) are glad to invite you to the screening of EARTH WITNESS: REFLECTIONS OF THE TIMES AND THE TIMELESS. Followed by a discussion with Paulina Lopez and Ravi Agarwal that will focus on major water issues faced in contemporary India.

Doc’N Talk is a series of events showcasing the best of Indian documentary films, followed by discussions with directors, researchers and young protagonists. We truly look forward to welcoming many of you for this third screening!

About the Discussants:

Paulina Lopez has an international academic background and a professional experience in the field of water, acquired at the intersection of natural and social sciences. After being qualified as a cartographer (Santiago, Chile), she obtained a MSc in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (Toulouse, France), a MSc and a Ph.D. in Water Sciences (Montpellier, France) and a MA in International Relations (New Delhi, India). In the framework of her former research, she calculated the future water availability of several glacierized basins of South America (with a special emphasis in Patagonia Region) under climate change scenarios. Currently she works at TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), is a consultant with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)-India and associate researcher at CSH. Her research focuses on water scarcity and the various political, socio-economic and environmental issues that emerge from it. Paulina addresses these problems from the perspective given by different units (or scales) of analysis, and is particularly interested in the challenges associated to water governance.

Ravi Agarwal  has an inter-disciplinary practice as an artist, photographer environmental campaigner, writer and curator. His work explores key contemporary questions of ecology, society, urban space and capital. Photography has been a prime medium for him for over four decades, which has expanded over time to include video, public art, installations, and recently also printmaking. His practice has been commented upon extensively in publications such as Fotografie – Eine Analyse der Arbeiten von Ravi Agarwal (inKulturelle Übersetzer, Cathrine Bublatzky, Germany 2018), Art & Ecology Now (Andrew Brown, Thames and Hudson, UK, 2014), Cities and Photography (Jane Thorny, Routledge, 2013), and Third Text (Dec 2014, ed. T.J Demos). The book Down and Out: Labouring under Global Capitalism (OUP 2000), which features his photographs, is now part of visual anthropology curriculums. Ravi is also the founder and director of the environmental NGO Toxics Link and has pioneered work on waste and chemicals in India. He serves on many policy and regulatory committees and boards. He writes extensively on sustainability both academically and in the popular media, and has co-edited several books. He was awarded the UN Special Recognition Award for Chemical Safety in 2008 and the Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurship in 1997.


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