Eco Short Category

To Wake - Buddhi
South Africa, 2017, 14:54 minutes

Directed by: Yakima Waner

"To Wake's" narrative follows a remarkable 5 year old little girl named Janisha, who has dedicated her magical life to sustaining and saving the forests that surround her. She has seen and experienced things that have disturbed but yet empowered her, witnessing beautiful providing trees burn for no sustaining reason, only ones of greed and ignorance. The documentary takes place in Kullu, the valley of the gods situated in India's Green Himalayas. This location is one of the most vulnerable areas on the planet to climate change, deforestation, erratic water supply and pollution. The fate of this very land affects each and every one of us.

About the director:
Yakima Waner is a Johannesburg based Environmental & Social Awareness Documentarian. After completing her honor studies in BA Dramatic & Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand she began her career in Wildlife Conservation & Journalistic Documentary, where she was shadowed by some of the best in the field during her internships on the coasts of South Africa and in the rainforests of India. Her signature was immediately based on experimental representation and vivid emotion. Her production company Intent Conscious Media showcases different stories that purely reflect the amazing relationships in this world between nature and humanity, and humanity in itself.

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