Eco India: 'Tiger Widows' unite to protect the endangered Sundari tree

Directed for a story in Scroll's 'Eco India series' on the Tiger Widows of Sundarbans
Client: Scroll.in & DW
Direction: Anirban Dutta Gupta
Camera: Rupam Majumdar

Format: HD PAL
Duration: 14 Min
Date: 2021
 

Eco India is an online environmental video magazine curated by Scroll.in and DW. I directed the short documentary on a group of women from Sundarbans who have lost their husband to tiger attack. These 'Tiger Widows' as they are called have come together to form a self-help group to plant the indigenous and endangered Sundari tree - the tree from which Sundarban's gets its name. This has not only given them a focus and a livelihood, but has also helped stabilise the banks of the islands and withstand the devastating effects of vicious climate change driven cyclones.

Boat enters mangrove forest
Boat enters mangrove forest
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Tiger widows
Tiger widows
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Island of Rajat Jubilee
Island of Rajat Jubilee
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Rajat Jubilee
Rajat Jubilee
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Tiger widows heads out to fish
Tiger widows heads out to fish
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Tiger widows fishing
Tiger widows fishing
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Tiger widows fishing
Tiger widows fishing
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Tiger Widow
Tiger Widow
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Puja offered to Bon Bibi
Puja offered to Bon Bibi
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Bon Bibi temple
Bon Bibi temple
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Tiger widoe
Tiger widoe
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Heading to collect Sundari seed
Heading to collect Sundari seed
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tiger-widoes-05
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Planting Sundari sapling
Planting Sundari sapling
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Tiger widow
Tiger widow
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