By Shafat Mir
SRINAGAR: Kashmir-based environment and science filmmaker, Jalal-ud-din Baba has won Palamdale Vision Award 2017 at the 5th WATER TAKE 1 Film Festival at Ventura, California, USA.
“Saving The Saviour”, a documentary film by Baba about the deteriorating condition of Wular Lake won the Special Environment Award on the occasion of 22nd World Water Day.
More than 1000 water themed short films were submitted and only 52 were selected from across the globe after a rigorous entry process.
The award is conferred annually to a documentary film that propagates values of environment conservation and water preservation.
Baba’s film, Saving the Saviour, has already won three national and two international awards.
“This is a great honour for Jammu and Kashmir that the first ever environment themed film on Wular Lake made such a successful entry at the international level that too in the USA where quality of environment film making is exemplary,” Baba said
Saving the Saviour is about a 15-year-old boy who collects trash thrown into Wullar by people for a living. The boy’s occupation becomes a redeeming contribution towards conservation of the lake.
“Boy’s struggle and good intent melts your heart and jolts your mind physically and emotionally and pushes you to do good to nature,” Baba said.
Baba, who hails from Adipora village in Sopore, said, “Passion for social justice and equality drives me. For me the most important thing is to capture the emotions and portray the story with maximum objectivity. Compassion and emotions galvanize my humanistic instincts to do whatever it takes.”
“Even an individual can make a great difference if you have a passion to do things, which matter most in your lives. Through this film I am trying my best to draw attention towards our environmental marvels like Wular Lake,” he said.