Yasar Sharief (28), from Hyderabad in India, entered his 3-minute film about the food growing techniques of the indigenous Bonda people in the hills of the Eastern Ghats in India.
Indigenous people are some of the most affected by the climate and ecological emergencies, and Yasar told Earthbeat about how their knowledge, especially of traditional farming and land management, is important to help fight climate change and restore the balance with nature.
His aim is to carry out further research with local people and share this through future films.
Yasar’s words have been lightly edited for clarity
The project behind the film
I launched my own project called "Indigenous knowledge to tackle climate change" in 2019. During in these first two years I met different tribal groups including the Bonda people. I had the objective of learning about and highlighting the knowledge of tribal people which is often ignored. I want to communicate what I have found out to others and spread awareness that indigenous people's knowledge is vital for tackling climate change.
Making the film
I learned about making films by watching documentaries on National Geographic and the BBC. I believe the best filmmaker is the best storyteller. As a filmmaker you need to learn to imagine things beautifully in your mind. I shot this film with my Blackberry evolve phone and used Da Vinci software to edit my film. I worked with a talented editor called Manzoor. Dangar Chas is my second film. Previously I made a documentary about a historical fort. A big thanks to team Earthbeat. They gave me a platform to showcase my filming skills on a global arena. People started recognizing me as a filmmaker. A local online news portal wrote an article on me and my film.
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In the media
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Photo story: Odisha’s Bonda tribe hit by changing climate Mongabay, environment and conservation news platform
Indigenous Farming systems: Indigenous Peoples’ food systems hold the key to feeding humanity International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
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