One Land Many Voices

A film commissioned to explore and understand the views of the various communities in Great Nicobar Island - the Shompens, the Nicobarese and the Settlers - on the question of development and tourism
Client: NITI Aayog/AAJVS/ANTRI
Direction/Camera: Anirban Dutta Gupta
Format: Sony 4K
Date: 2019 
 

The Great Nicobar Island is the southernmost land mass of India. It is the home to the hunter gatherer Shompen PVTG and the Nicobarese. The island is also home to approximately 9000 settlers. The film explores the questions of development and tourism on the islands and what the various communities views are.

 

Shompen coming out of the forest
Shompen coming out of the forest
Making fire
Making fire
Shompen mother and son
Shompen mother and son
Something catches his attention
Something catches his attention
Gathering for food
Gathering for food
The community uses rivers to navigat
The community uses rivers to navigat
Along a forest stream
Along a forest stream
Monkey skull hunted and eaten
Monkey skull hunted and eaten
Using a boat to navigate the rivers
Using a boat to navigate the rivers
Crocodile skulls
Crocodile skulls
Mouth of Galatea river
Mouth of Galatea river
Lizard
Lizard
Tree Fern
Tree Fern