Documentary on bird conservation by Arunachal tribe earns nominations at Paris film festival

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: A 29-minute documentary on conservation of a rare bird species by a tribal community in Arunachal has earned two nominations at an environmental film festival to be held in Paris in December.

The movie, Wildlife Our Lifeblood, directed and produced by politician-turned-filmmaker Naresh Glow, has been nominated in the best film and best director categories at the 15th International Wildlife Conservation Documentary Film Festival.

Besides, the film has also been selected for screening at the 13th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest (KLEFF), 2020.

“This is the only Indian documentary nominated in the Paris film festival and one of the three movies from the country to be screened in the Kuala Lumpur event,” Glow told PTI.

He said this is his second documentary featuring the contributions of the Bugun tribe to wildlife conservation by setting up a community reserve in Singchung village in Tenga valley of West Kameng district.

“The Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve, spread over a 17 sq-km area, abuts the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, a home to the Bugun liocichla bird,” he said.

The bird species is classified as ‘critically endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, he said.

Glow, a three-time MLA from the Thrizino-Buragaon assembly segment, claimed that the bird is found only in Arunachal and the size of its population is small.

The Bugun liocichla was first spotted here by naturalist Ramana Athreya in 1995, he said.

“The bird derives its name from the Bugun community, and efforts are on to protect it. I decided to make this film highlighting their conservation practice,” Glow, one of the founders of the community reserve, said.

The 15th edition of the International Wildlife Conservation Documentary Film Festival will be held from 1-7 December at Caf de la Gare in Paris.

The KLEFF will be screening 53 films on its digital screening platform, Glow said.

It will be held from 8 to 11 October. (PTI)