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SOS - Save Our Sholas| 23mins
Director: Shekar Dattatri | Producer: Shekar Dattatri
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: India
Subject Tags: asia, ecology, environment, india, resources
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
India’s Western Ghats are among the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world, and home to rare species found nowhere else on the planet. But they’ve been ravaged and systematically destroyed over the decades. While cash crops like tea and coffee have taken over vast stretches, other human impacts such as dams, roads, over-exploitation of forest products and fires have devastated fragile habitats, sometimes irretrievably. All that remains of once-extensive forests and grasslands are precious fragments scattered here and there. “SOS - Save Our Sholas” provides a glimpse into the amazing diversity of life in the “shoal” forests of the southern Western Ghats. It also illustrates some of the pressing problems that beset this habitat, and seeks to inspire viewers with examples of conservation successes that came about because of peoples’ actions. The film aspires to bring about a renewed interest and awareness in the conservation of the Western Ghats, which are the birthplace of most south Indian rivers, and a lifeline for hundreds of millions of people in peninsular India.

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