By The Commons
Surya Sankar Dash, an activist-filmmaker whose films include Repression Diary, The Lament of Niyamgiri, Psychedelhi among others, speaks to us on people’s movements, independent filmmaking and such stuff. We had this interview on facebook, so read it like a chat. 🙂
The Commons: For an introduction, what are the topics that you’ve made documentaries on?
Surya Sankar Dash:
Well my approach to documentary film is that I make my skills available to people’s movements so that the medium can be used as a tool to fight against oppression. In Odisha the pressing issues have been displacement of Adivasi-Dalit and environmental degradation by mining companies. So, all my work in the last 10 years has mostly dealt with that.
TC: What kinds of problems did you face while filming? Did the mining companies, Vedanta et al, create any hindrance in your shooting?
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