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Asia-Pacific Best Documentary award for Doordarshan’s ‘Whispers of Warming’

The one-hour documentary film on climate change, directed by Anoop Khajuria, Assistant Director, revolves around climate change and the serious health hazards that it poses

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | May 17, 2016

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The State broadcaster, Doordarshan’s one-hour documentary titled, ‘Whispers of Warming’ has won the best documentary film award at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union TV Award competition held in Krabi, Thailand.

The one-hour documentary film on climate change has been directed by Anoop Khajuria, Assistant Director of Programme, Doordarshan It attempts to tell the story of the people who inhabit the western Himalayas and are being impacted by the climate change due to global warming.

The film has documented the phenomenon of climate change through the perceptions of people in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and focused on their struggle to adapt to changing weather conditions. The documentary revolves around the theme of climate change in the Ladakh division of the western Himalayas,

The documentary competed with 40 films from 20 countries across the world. It was produced to fulfil Prasar Bharati’s mandate as a Public Service Broadcaster. Jawhar Sircar, CEO Prasar Bharati congratulated the team.

The Documentary:

The silence and wilderness of Zanskar was shattered by a massive landslide that blocked the River Phugtal at 4000 meters above ground, where the day temperature was minus 35 degrees Celsius. A 14 - kilometer long frozen lake threatened to wash people away. Nomadic shepherds known as Gujjars experienced extreme and critically low temperatures in September 2014 at Zojila pass of the Pir Panjal range. The Kashmir valley was inundated with heavy and excessive rains marooning millions and killing two hundred people. The meteorological department described the phenomenon as a rare condition.

Climate Change is an issue which is affecting every aspect of human life from food, water, energy security, health and the global economy.  It is manifesting itself in more unpredictable weather patterns and frequent and intensive natural hazards such as typhoons, sea level surges, flooding, landslides, drought and glacial lake outbursts. India is a major stake holder in the Paris Declaration on climate change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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