Director : Anusree Roy
The river destroys the
slowly built settlements in no time by its erosion. People are torn apart. The
balance of environment, ecology is broken down.
In our philosophy, one
bank is broken and another bank is built, this is the game of the river. Our
river Nabaganga plays the same game. When I was a little girl, the river was
far away from our house, now it has come closer to the house! Our village is
Debipur of Narail district. This river flows continuously with the happiness
and sorrow of the people of the village since ancient times. Flowing river
water is the main part of life and livelihood of people here. My village
Debipur was very bigger area when I was a child, now the village is about to
disappear due to river erosion. My family and other families spend their days
in uncertain apprehension, when will everything end? When the water in the
river rises during the monsoons, the river begins to swallow everything in a
terrible manner. Erosion of the river takes away people's unborn habitations,
houses, livelihoods. People are torn apart, separated and gone! The river
breaks, the relationship breaks down.
Most of the people on the banks of the Nabaganga river are dependent on agriculture. This river has been playing a major role in their livelihood for ages. But from the year 2000, erosion started in the Nabaganga river. The queues of displaced people in the city continued to grow. Some people want to build a house elsewhere in the village and try to live there again. There again the river struck too. People become jobless, their livelihood becomes difficult. The rural economy collapsed and poverty continues to grow. At the same time, the environment is collapsing, the ecosystem, the food chain is also collapsing. For about 22/23 years, in the same way, the erosion of this Nabaganga river has submerged our village. And after a few years the existence of these villages will be erased from the land forever. Hundreds of families along the Nabaganga river have been affected and esperately sitting on the road. This film is my attempt to tell the story of people who have become rootless.