An endless loop

At the end of award-winning filmmaker Shriprakash's documentary, one of the adivasis interviewed makes a simple demand, “I want my patta (title deed),” he says, before setting out into the deep forest. “Delayed Justice” is more than a film on the implementation of The Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006. It gives you an idea of the life of the forest dwelling communities, in this case in Andhra Pradesh, and their alienation from the rest of the world.

The purpose of the film was to document how the Act is being implemented. The Act is a radical one in Indian history and the film tackles how it is being implemented in all the regions of Andhra Pradesh (AP). “I chose AP because on the surface it had a pretty good track record,” says Shriprakash. Made in 2009, it is part of an ongoing research on the Act and produced by the University of East Anglia. “I thought AP is one of the few states where there is some governance but I found in the remote areas where I filmed, Marripalam for instance, things are the same,” he says. “If this Act cannot be properly implemented in a state like Andhra I wonder what is happening to it in the rest of the country,” he adds............Click for more



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