A documentary series of 16 stories of resilience shot in five of India’s most climate-vulnerable sta
'Faces of Climate Resilience' - a short documentary series of 16 films - pans in on the stories of communities in five States adapting to climate change Women from 10 self-help groups from Tandahara village in Odisha's Puri district have been nurturing a forest, which will provide a measure of protection from the water, especially seawater intrusion, that destroys their fields.
These are part of a short documentary series Faces of Climate Resilience comprising 16 stories of climate resilience filmed in five of India's most climate-vulnerable States - Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
Each film has been shot in districts that feature the 'climate risk atlas' mapped by the Council on Energy Environment and Water.
The films, produced in association with Edelgive Foundation and Drokpa Films, were commissioned by the not-for-profit policy research institution and will be uploaded on their YouTube channel in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6 to 18.
Despite the urgency around climate change, these films are not bleak and without hope.
"These shorts 'humanise' climate change, bring out the stories of communities building climate resilience and how people are adapting despite the climate challenges, and get these out to people," says Shawn Sebastian.
The stories would have been bleak initially but Shawn says, "We were struck by the resilience of the people. The positive stories of survival and how they have adapted to climate change that has been creeping up on them. People are doing what they can to adapt, within their capacities/limitations. We got to see two sides of the impact of climate change: it was painful." The impact of climate change is multi-faceted.