Indians in race

Published: Saturday 31 July 2004

Panda Nominations

Five films from India have reached the final nomination list of the Panda Awards, "the world's most prestigious accolade for films on the natural world". The awards will be given at the Wildscreen Festival, uk, in October 2004.

'Raju: the policing langur', produced by Bedi Films, has made it to finals of the bbc newcomer award section. Filmmaker Ajay Bedi shows Raju, a pet langur, and the human-monkey relationship in India.

'Rainwater Harvesting', a short film made by the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, has been selected for the awards' new campaign category.

'The 18th Elephant' is in the awards' tve category, meant for "programme makers... from countries with no long established tradition of natural history or environmental programming". Director P Balan's film shows the plight of the Kerala's caparisoned elephants, found in festivities and used to woo tourists. But the truth is that the elephants are tortured and chained to keep up a glamorous facade.

'Tiger Poaching', produced by New Delhi Television, and 'The Vanishing Giants', made by The Riverbank Studios, are in the news award category.

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