Cotton for my Shroud # 230

Cotton for my Shroud

17:00, Friday 14th June, CMB 1&2

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Nandan Saxena, Kavita Bahl
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 75 mins
  • Country of Production: India
  • Location: Vidarbha, Maharashtra, India
  • Ethnic Group: Cotton growing farming community
  • Language: English, Hindi, Marathi (English)

'Cotton for my Shroud' explores the life-threatening predicament and dilemmas in the life of the cotton-growing community of farmers in India. For the farmers, working the land is all. Their relationship with their fields and their entire way of life is an ode to Nature. When this relationship is threatened by commercial and mercenary interests, it plays havoc in their lives. Genetically modified crops are sounding a death knell for a way of life and the farmers are paying the price of this with their lives. Over 17 years, more than 2.5 million farmers have committed suicide in India.

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