THE TRIBAL SCOOP

CANADIAN PREMIERE

INDIA • 2018 • 50 MIN DOCUMENTARY • ORIYA/HINDI, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Beeswaranjan Pradhan | cin.: Piyush Puty, Harshbir Singh | ed.: Dev Rao Jadhav | snd: Bishwadeep Dipak Chatterjee | mus.: Hanif Shaikh | subjects: Dilip Tirkey, Dipsan Tirkey, Suru Mishra, George Tirkey, Lazrus Balra, Debasis Gauda, Abhay Pattnaik, Kalucharan Chaudhary, Jual Oram, Bimla Barua, Tileswar Majhi, Isideo Tirkey, Michael Kindo | prod.: Subrat Ray, Gajraj Rao

BEESWARANJAN PRADHAN

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 8:30 PM • SCREEN B

Deep into the lands of the state of Odisha, the small town of Sundergarh has never been touched by modern civilization, but is paying for it with the blood of the tribal people living there — a population so behind the times that they still depend on forests for survival. The problem is that those forests are fast being uprooted to make way for urban life. In the midst of this arena of destruction, there is one hope that they are desperately clinging on to: hockey! Once the only form of entertainment for this population cut off from the rest of the world, the game has now become a weapon with which Sundergarh is trying to claim its place in a world that never recognized it.

BEESWARANJAN PRADHAN is a native of Athmallik, a small town in the state of Odisha. With no formal training in filmmaking, his passion for storytelling and his background in theatre led him to pursue a career as a filmmaker. Inspired by such cinema greats as Martin Scorsese and Satyajit Ray, Beeswaranjan wants to tell stories that are character-driven and personal. An attachment to social causes — especially those concerning classes that are behind the times — led him to make his first documentary feature, The Tribal Scoop, which took him three years to complete. He travelled extensively for the film and the more time he spent with these tribal people, the more interested he became in their lives.