Documentary director strives to find key, stop suicide by farmers

 Filmmaker Anshul Sinha is on a mission that's as ambitious as his film on it: zero farmer suicides. Having made 41 films, several of them award-winning, Sinha's latest is 'Mitti - Back to Roots', is a docudrama that highlights 27 major issues perpetuating the problem, with focus on the farmer suicide belts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab.

"During our one year of research, we practically learnt agricultural science and farming from the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), Hyderabad and also under the mentorship of Rythu Swarajya Vedika that works towards creating sustainable agricultural communities in Andhra Pradesh," says Sinha.

 The film includes real interviews of farmers and their families, highlighting the issues they face. Sinha has made the film with expert opinion from G V Ramanjaneyulu, executive director of CSA. Crowdfunded with help from Australia, Korea, US and India, the film has had nine screenings in the US and 25 road shows in India. According to Sinha, following the film's screening, the residents of PBEL City in Hyderabad have decided to buy produce from the organic farmers of Enabavi in Jangaon, also India's first organic village....Read more
Source web page:Times of India

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