This feature documentary, which is set in India’s Garwhal Himalaya, explores the local struggle for community-owned ecotourism.
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From Jade Ajani, the award-winning director of Growing Awareness, comes JANADHAAR!
The exciting news is that JANADHAAR is ALREADY FINISHED! We've watched it two hundred times and couldn't be prouder of what we've made. The process was arduous and expensive but also enlightening. Now comes the fun part --getting this labor of love to you and other thirsty eyes and hungry brains. Unfortunately, this process is also expensive and we have no money left. We need financial support to pay the high costs of international film festival submission fees and associated costs. It would be a shame if its chance for theatrical viewership and distribution was severely limited due to this lack of funds. We anticipate needing no less than $2,000 to pay these submission fees, which range from $25-$100 per festival. We also need funds to pay for the costs associated with shipping materials, producing DVDs for submission, postcards, and making screening copies in costly formats, such as HDCAM.
We plan on submitting to more than 20 film festivals, including many important international mountain and adventure festivals: Banff Mountain Festival, Mountain Film: Telluride, Adventure Film: Boulder, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, as well as the Kathmandu, Kendal, and Vancouver International Mountain Film Festivals among many others. The more money we get the more festivals we can submit to!
Are you interested in social and environmental justice, ecotourism, climbing and mountaineering, northern India, indigenous rights or the staggering beauty of the Himalayas? If so, then please support this project! Remember, funding is all or nothing with Kickstarter.
This feature-length documentary, which is set in India’s Garwhal Himalaya, explores the struggle for community-owned ecotourism and sustainable rural development within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.
Nanda Devi (7817 meters) is the highest peak entirely within India, and for nearly a century it drew alpinists and hikers from throughout the world. When Nanda Devi was designated as a national park in 1982, however, mountaineering and trekking were prohibited from the area. This ban has negatively affected the economy of the region, causing many people who had been dependent on ecotourism as a source of income to migrate out of the area. Since 1982, the local Bhotiya people in Nanda Devi have been involved in a campaign to win back their right to economic self-determination. In 2006, the Bhotiya won a concession from the Indian Forest Department (which oversees the Reserve) to run treks within certain limited areas. This enabled the local community to form their own ecotourism organization, the Mountain Shepherds, which now offers a variety of alternative tourism options, such as small group treks, and cultural home-stays. The group’s first trip, a trek involving local residents hiking alongside women from both India and Western countries, took place in the fall of 2006. This film documents the Bhotiya’s nearly thirty year struggle and recent success through interviews with the local women, international participants, activists, government officials and villagers as the trek proceeds through the mountains.
Ecotourism has gained increasing attention given the global focus on development that is both environmentally and economically sustainable as well as culturally sensitive. However, much ecotourism is the product of external development, and does not take into consideration the importance of the needs or histories of the local communities. Janadhaar, which means "grassroots," highlights the efforts of one Himalayan community to make a difference in both environmental conservation and participatory economic development.
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