Bhubaneswar, Feb 21: Director Nila Madhab Panda has entered his Odia film ‘Kalira Atita’ (Yesterday’s Past) for the Oscars this year.
The film is about the disappearing villages of India’s eastern coastline in Odisha because of climate change and rising sea levels.
The movie is made available at the Academy Screening Room onwards and will be viewed by the academy members for votes and nominations, said a statement.
The film was earlier screened at the Indian Panorama section of the ongoing 51st International Film Festival of India in Goa.
“In 2006, on the front page of a national daily newspaper, I saw a frightening picture of a lone hand pump standing tall amidst the sea. It was surprising as a hand pump which was generally located in the middle of our villages which used to pump ground water is now in the sea,” Panda wrote on leading English news portal www.prameyanews.com.