Visual evening | Timbaktu | 27th September 2016 – 6:30pm

Date(s) - 27/09/2016
6:30 pm

M L Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Delhi


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Initial release: 2012
Directors: Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh
Running time: 30min
Free Entry. Open to all

Plot: A land where the soil has started to breathe again. A village that does not exist on the map. A people who celebrate life. A no-where, no-where land…

When a small farming community in South India decided to switch from their decades-old practice of chemical agriculture to organic farming, little did they know that they were planting the seeds of a silent revolution. By showcasing the exemplary efforts of farmers of a tiny village in Andhra Pradesh, the Film explores critical issues of food security and sovereignty.

Post-screening discussion

Discussion on Agroecology with Dr. Bruno Dorin, Prof. Himanshu, Rintu Thomas (director)

 Directors Bio :-

Rintu and Sushmit are award winning filmmakers who have produced and directed films that explore issues of gender and sexuality, HIV/ AIDS, street children, disability, maternal and child health and environment. They founded Black Ticket Films, a film production agency that has been recognised for creating films with a unique visual language. Their films have been screened at various international film festivals and leading global television networks as well as at global platforms like the UN Convention on Climate Change. They are also being used by various development sector organisations and governments as advocacy and public engagement tools.

Dr. Bruno Dorin :-

Bruno Dorin, born in 1966 in France, was trained in economics (Ph.D., Montpellier, 1994), management (post-graduate diploma, Montpellier, 1989) and agriculture (diploma in engineering, Lyon, 1988).

Began working in Paris for the French Ministry of agriculture and the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) on French or European issues (farm bankruptcies, 1992 CAP reform) prior to two long stints in India over eight years, first in Andhra Pradesh for doctoral work (1990-1991), then in New Delhi (1995-2000) as Director and researcher at the Centre de Sciences Humaines ( Returned to France in 2000 to teach economics (ESAP, Toulouse).

Joined CIRAD in 2002 (, Montpellier) and has been involved in several international research projects (value sharing in the cocoa-chocolate industry, agricultural greenhouse gases emission/sink, food-biofuel competition in land use), mostly in partnership with CIRED (International Research Centre on Environment and Development, Paris). In 2006, began to develop “Agribiom”, a quantitative tool for analysing the world’s production, trade and use of biomass, in order to undertake collective scenario-building such as “Agrimonde” (Paillard, Treyer & Dorin, 2011), hybrid models such as the “Nexus Land-Use” (Souty, Dorin & al., 2012), worldwide analyses on labour productivity and structural transformations. Is author or co-author of many scientific studies and peer-reviewed articles, in addition to five books in English: “National Identity and Regional Cooperation” (Delhi, 1999), “The Indian Entrepreneur” (Delhi, 2003), “Agricultural Incentives in India” (Delhi, 2004), “Agriculture and Food in India” (Delhi, 2009), “Agrimonde: scenarios and challenges for feeding the world in 2050” (Versailles, 2011, Springer 2014).

Prof. Himanshu :-

Himanshu is Associate Professor in Economics in the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to this, he has taught at the Centre for Study of Regional Development, JNU. He is also visiting fellow at Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi and Associate at India Observatory, LSE. He has also been a research fellow in economics at the Centre de Sciences Humaines and C R Parekh fellow at Asia Research Centre of the London School of Economics. His areas of research include issues related to poverty, inequality, employment, food security and agrarian change. His current research interests revolve around measurement of poverty and inequality in India. He has been involved with various government committees including Expert Group on Measurement of Poverty (Tendulkar committee), National Statistical Commission and Ministry of Rural Development. Himanshu writes a fortnightly column on issues related to development in MINT. He has received the Sanjay Thakur Young Economist Award of the Indian Society of Labour Economics and Personnalité d’ Avenir of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Himanshu received his PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University.