Once famous for farming, the people of the Mahua region have forgotten the earthy scent of rainfall on their soil. Erratic and receding rainfall has led many farmers into debt traps set out as loans offered by banks. Unable to grow food grain anymore and to escape repayments, the only way out is sacrificing their own life and committing suicide. In Dark Wind, the blind father of a farmer fears his depressed son may do the same.
Ruthless in his ways to repossess loans, a bank agent arrives with a growing list of suicides attributed to him. People call him a ‘god of death’. The father finds his son’s life threatened by the failure of his crops and the mounting pressure of bank repayment. In the case of the agent, the fierce sea, regular floods and frequent cyclones threaten his family in the coastal village of Satabhaya, Odisha(East of India). The blind father meets the agent with a request to defer his son’s debt. Angry rejection from the agent and mutual dislike soon develops into an odd partnership. Each wanting to save their own family, they end up helping one another. Human emotions take over inhuman realities of climate change. Embroiled together, their fates tremble under the pressure of two extreme weather conditions.
Dark Wind is not just fiction – it’s an eye-opening portrayal of the suffering of people and it is a wake-up call for the society still unprepared to face the consequences of their actions on climate change.
|Director:||Nila Madhab Panda|
|Producer:||Akshay Parija Productions and Eleanora Images|
|Cast:||Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tilottama Shome and Bhupesh|
Nila Madhab Panda
Nila Madhab Panda is an internationally acclaimed film maker and social activist. He has been awarded with the third highest civilian honor “Padmashri” by the honorable president of India in 2016.
Panda has produced and directed over 70 diverse and cutting edge films, documentaries and shorts. These films are based on important social issues such as climate change, child labor, education, water issues, sanitation and many other developmental issues across the globe. His films have won him several awards and critical acclaim. Most of his films have unique insights drawn from his own life, the metaphorical distance that he has traversed from a small obscure village based in one of the remotest parts of India, to metropolitan cities across the globe.