Landing Together films is communicating science using audio-visual media. It is unique in documenting the voices of thousands of unheard stories of indigenous and pastoralist communities.
Purabi is using her meagre savings in producing and directing India's comprehensive independent documentary film under the non-profit initiative, Landing Together. Her expertise as an environmentalist (forest, land tenure, conservation and climate change) and social scientist (human rights, governance and social diversity) in a perfect balance to generate emotions among audience.
As a film director, she chooses not to use voice overs. This way she is amplifying the voices of indigenous and pastoralist communities - many of them have never seen and/ or been in front of a camera, giving her films a human emotional touch.
She intimately weaves stories in her films about the 'way of living' of diverse indigenous communities and their landscapes as warp and weft. The tough combination to bring science and arts together to create subtle contents through her films challenges her audience to confront their ideologies, culture, values and their own identity.
As a child I grew up watching world art movies. Thanks to my elder brother, Prabir Bose, who inculcated in me the taste of film appreciation as well as skills for dance, music and performing arts like puppetry and street theatre for development. I've an aptitude in ethnographic filmmaking for development without undertaking any formal training.
Short films (under 30 minutes)
2018 Landing Together’s four short multilingual - 11 languages and dialects - films covers 12 unique communities of tribal mainland and northeast India.
2017 TARA, Alpinia nigra, a film about forest food and impact of displacements and lack of forest tenure. Nominated and screened in various international film festivals. Trailer:
2016 Four films for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome
2015 Our Forests, Our Rights a 8-minute low budget film about Gond adivasi, Oxfam-India
2011 Forest Rights is a short indie docu film integral part of my PhD thesis, International Foundation for Science, Sweden
Feature film (over 60 minutes)
2018 Vaña Vaasiyon (Forest Dwellers), Purabi's self-funded debut 85 min feature film series on the way of living for the adivasis and the particularly vulnerable tribal groups of India.
Official Selection in Film Festival: Nominated for Dadasaheb Phalke Award Documentary Film (India, 2018), and CULTUREELS Ethnographic Film Festival (Finland, 2021)
Forest Rights (2011)
This short 13 minute ethnographic film was produced and directed by Purabi and is an integral part of her Ph.D. thesis book titled Forest Rights .
Watch the full here in YouTube. The film is about Bhil adivasis and their struggle for legal claim for traditional forest rights.
Languages: Bhili dialect and Hindi. Subtitles in English.
This film is being used as an educational material for courses on human rights, land tenure and forest rights in the universities of USA, Europe, Brazil and India.
TARA Alpinia nigra (2017)
TARA premiered at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam in July 2017.
This film has been selected for screening and nominated as the Best Documentary including in 2018 at the Woodpecker International Film Festival (Delhi), 8th National Science Film Festival of India, and in 2017 at the Arica Nativa (Jalalla) Indigenous Film Festival, Chile among various other film festivals .