Cotton for my Shroud

Tuesday 1 January 4.00pm
Oliver Thompson Theatre, City University London
UK Premiere

India 2011
Directors: Nandan Saxena, Kavita Bahl
Producers: Kavita Bahl
Language: Marathi and English. English subtitles, Hindi

Cotton for my Shroud investigates the ongoing farmer suicide crisis in India and the culpability of the multinational Monsanto and the Indian government. It examines the strategy of multinational corporations to control seed supply, and corrupt politicians' willingness to help in this second colonisation of India.

Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) Award for the Best Investigative Film at National Film Awards, 2011.
Gold Award for Script, Awards for Excellence, Indian Documentary Producers' Association, 2011. 

Followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bhal, Dr Keith Tyrell, Director of Pesticides Action Network UK and Amy Leech of Soil Association. Others - TBC.

Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl work in the genres of documentary and poetry films. Their oeuvre spans ecology, livelihoods, development and human rights. Both completed their Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Delhi in 1991 following this with a course in journalism. Kavita went on to work as a journalist for a national newspaper 'The Indian Express' for six years and Nandan worked in television news and current affairs programmes.

In 1996 they founded 'Top Quark Films' and started working as independent film makers. Their films explore peoples' relationship with their environment through many windows- cultural, political and anthrobotanical.
Dr Keith Tyrell - Director of Pesticides Action Network UK.
Keith has over 20 years' environmental experience. Prior to joining PAN UK he was the Director of Programmes and Research at the Koru Foundation – a charity that supports community scale renewable energy projects in the developing world. He also spent eight years working on UK and EU environmental policy at the ENDS Report where his last role was Climate and Energy Editor. He has extensive experience of working with grassroots organisations and ran the European arm of a three-year international research and advocacy project for WWF. He holds a Doctorate in Development Studies, and MA in Environment Development and Policy - both of which involved research into pesticide use.

Cotton for my Shroud - a review by OneWorld - The Larg


Panel discussion with the directors Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl, Dr Keith Tyrell, Director of Pesticides Action Network UK and Amy Leech of Soil Association (others- TBC) on the farming crisis in India and internationally. Followed by a drinks reception.


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