In God's land / Pankaj Rishi Kumar. , India. - New Delhi : Public Service Broadcasting Trust, 2012. - 1 (DVD) (ca. 70 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. - Open frame .

Copyright notice on disc: Public Service Broadcasting Trust.

Research, Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Vagella Madhavi ; translation, Arvind Kumar; camera, editing, sound design and direction, Pankaj Rishi Kumar. Research, Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Vagella Madhavi ; translation, Arvind Kumar; camera, editing, sound design and direction, Pankaj Rishi Kumar.

This documentary follows the lives of villagers in Inam Alangulam, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu as they struggle to keep their land. The mythical birth of their village God, Sudalai Swami, inspires a village's unique journey to fight oppression of the Vanamamalai Temple. Now that the clergy owns the land, the settlers are reduced to being tenant farmers and must make way for redevelopment after the land is sold off for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). A dispute over 'god's land' begins. Recounting the history of the land, the film satirizes the exploitation perpetuated by religion and class distinction and looks at land within the larger issue of development, forcing us to recognize the totalitarian attitude of the ideals of development, ostensibly to bring economic prosperity but rarely a benefit to real users.


Interviews in Tamil and Hindi; narration in English with subtitles in English.

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Economic zoning--India--Tirunelveli.


Documentary television programs.
Nonfiction television programs.

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