Vaña Vaasiyon

Area

Project Overview

Cinematography

Cinematography

Cinematography 

Project Overview

Project Overview

Vãna Vaasiyon is a feature-length independent documentary that is divided up in a series with four short stories. The documentary touches upon indigenous peoples' way of living inside the forest, and the interface of environment-human relations focusing on key issues related to extractive mining industries, traditional shifting cultivation vs. oil-palm plantations, women's rights to land and forests, and communal forest rights in indigenous territories. Presented below are the trailers for the 4 shorts that are part of the feature-length documentary.

Areas Covered While Filming In India

Cinematography

Cinematography

Artboard 1

Approach

Cinematography

Cinematography

I worked as a cinematographer on this project. We covered multiple states covering each corner of the country documenting the unique tribal communities. Working with a small crew the shoot was demanding but we got unusual stories from the people. As a cinematographer, I kept filming the subjects as they moved around on the unique landscape. We documented their daily activities and the problems they are facing leading them. Working on the field is something that I enjoy doing. and has helped me with my craft and the ability to explore my storytelling abilities when they get reflected in my editing or animations.

Tariqah

Cinematography

Cinematography

A film about the long path by the indigenous communities to claim traditional community forest rights, and adivasis including traditional pastoralist's 'way of living'. Collective forest rights rarely gets recognition despite the historical legal provisions of the Forest Rights Act 2006

Abadiat

Cinematography

Cinematography

A film about women's empowerment and their struggle to claim communal forest rights. Women's rights to land and forest resources continues to be a big challenge. The film looks at adivasis women's forest and land rights within the context of fuel wood for household use and access to other non-timber forest products.

Kabza

Cinematography

Cinematography

A film about land tenure and extractivism - coal and bauxite mining inside the demarcated tropical ever-green forest areas that also happens to be traditional indigenous territories.

Tasawuff

Cinematography

Cinematography

A film about oil palm cultivation and the traditional Jhum or shifting cultivation in the country's largest (almost 90 percent) indigenous population state, Mizoram. 

Selected Works

Mama ProtinexArt Direction, Illustration, Animation

Animated ExplainerMotion Graphics

State vs Malti Mahske - Film Opening SequenceArt Direction, Illustration, Motion Graphics

Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai - Film Opening SequenceArt Direction, Illustration, Motion Graphics

Kanyadaan - Film Opening SequenceArt Direction, Illustration, Motion Graphics

The Pendulum LoopsCinema 4D Animation

TMWMotion Graphics

Clean ScienceLogo Design

Agni Pariksha Direction, Animation

Shifting TidesDirection

Vaña VaasiyonCinematography

Our Forests, Our RightsCinematography, Editing