Producer: Abhinandan Sekhri and Prashant Sareen, Small Screen
Commissioned by: Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Subject Focus: Mobilisation of rural communities to undertake
water harvesting in Rajasthan.
Water scarcity has reached a crisis stage in many areas of rural
Rajasthan. While government schemes and aids are dismal or non-existent,
many villages and communities have resorted to tackling the issue
themselves. Now this movement is spreading to the west, the most
water scarce region in the country. Water harvesting structures
and methods are being devised and implemented at village level with
dramatic results. The film depicts how water harvesting has changed
the landscape and lives of hundreds of people in Eastern Rajasthan.
Profile: Abhinandan Sekhri has directed and scripted Temples
of Water. He was also an Assistant Director of Filhaal; he worked
as a Camera Assistant in Mira Nairs Monsoon Wedding.
Sareen is the co-founder and director of Small Screen. He was the
Senior Executive Producer, Sony Entertainment Television. He also
worked as the Producer of Newstrack, Indias premier current
and Prasahant won the Best Travel Documentary award in Spring Fest
2000, eveo.com, San Francisco and received a Special Jury Mention
at the Okinawa Film Festival, Japan for their film Chadar.