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Documentary on Wayanad farmers

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Suma Josson's documentary `Before the last tree falls,' that depicts the peculiar plight of farmers in Wayanad district is being screened in different centres in Kerala.

The 115-minute documentary that seeks to analyse the reasons for the growing number of suicides among farmers in the hilly district, was screened at Kalpetta on on December 17, Manathavady on December 18 and in Kozhikode on December 19.

`Before the last tree falls' is a statement that one of the worst fallouts of globalisation is the fall in prices of agricultural commodities and in turn how it has affected the Indian farmer as well as their counterparts in developing countries.

The documentary portrays how the entry of multinational corporations had forced farmers to sell their products at whatever prices the global market demanded. The apathetic attitude of the Government to the genuine problems of farmers comes in for comment.

Ms. Josson is at present tworking a film on the cotton farmers of Vidharbha in Maharashtra.

Her feature film `Janmadinam' had won three awards. Nandita Das had played the main role in `Janmadinam,' which had focussed on the mother-daughter relationship.

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