Fishing Palk Bay
Bordering the hot Tamil hinterland, the Palk Bay on the southern Indian coast is a shallowest expanse of sea. Its natural and cultural wealth is legendary but is fast vanishing, from this space and from memory. Fishing Palk Bay, a 29-minute documentary film explores the breadth and depth of human ingenuity, skill and even the paradoxes that Palk Bay’s fishing communities produce each day, through the extraordinary science and art that is fishing. The film was directed by Saravanakumar of Evanescence Studios and produced by Aarthi Sridhar of Dakshin Foundation. The underwater sequences were planned and shot by Umeed Mistry. The film has been screened at the Vatavaran Film Festival of 2017, at the Moving Waters Film Festival in 2016 and multiple screenings across India. Fishing Palk Bay was produced with funding from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, New Delhi as part of the CMPA (Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas) project. Dakshin Foundation partnered with Evanescence Studios, the grant recipients, to research and produce the film.