GEORGE THENGUMMOOTTIL
DOCUMENTARY EDITOR

 

WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARY FILM 

THE RETURN OF SANGAI


 The dear story of a deer, saved from extinction, at the only floating National Park in the world, Keibul Lamjao National Park

In the far reaches of North East India, lies a place, so hidden, that few have heard about. A realm of waterways, and floating meadows. Indeed, a unique environment, essential to both the people who live around, and the wild animals, that share it.

This, is the story of the only floating national park on our planet, and the only home to an endangered deer subspecies, that has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction.

 

 

Made for
Language
Running Length
Year
Video Format
Audio Format 

: Forest Department, Manipur
: English, Manipuri
: 11:00
: 2017
: 1080p
: Stereo


"Congratulations! Your film is terrific. I’ve been showing it to all my friends and I am proud of you.

It’s a great subject, well narrated, with excellent photography and illustrations."

Bruce Dale, National Geographic Photographer

 

   

"Enjoyed watching the film. Visually 
beautiful and edited well too."

Rita Banerji, Filmmaker, Dustyfoot Productions

 

 FEATURED IN

 

 "Its so inspiring to see your work every time and this is one truly remarkable documentary by your team again. Congratulations to you and your entire team for bringing out such breathtaking visuals and stories together. Got to know so many hidden & unknown things about this beautiful floating lake and its fragile ecosystem. It only increases my wanderlust to visit north east." 

Rajesh P Nayak, Traveler and Filmmaker

     
 

FILM FESTIVALS


Screening
India Heritage Walk Festival

Official Selection
SEFF - Smaragdni Eco Film Festival 2018

MANIPURI

 

The flat paddy fields with no people and the mountains far away at the horizon.. the natural beauty captured my attention very well.. this is my favorite spot in Manipur, just behind Keibul Lamjao National Park.

THE INSPIRATION


From the time I visited this place for the first time, I felt a strong attachment to this place.

This place was so remote, in one unseen corner of India, far away from everything thing I knew and heard about. 

What amazed me more was that, none of my friends even knew about this floating National park.. the only floating National Park in the world.

I felt this special place deserve more respect, and Sangai deserves more attention from around the world.

That is when we thought to make this short film. Though we tried to document the Sangai for a broadcast documentary, a couple of years ago, we were not successful. Being very shy Sangai, was far away from us and used to come out rarely, only during the early morning, when its dark.

Early morning trip to Pabot island looking for Sangai (Cameraman Sumanth with forest guard Basanda)

But everything worked when we, team of Sumanth and I reached the park in March 2016. 

It was raining most of the days and they were so far away from us. We had to wait for several days looking at the vast grasslands before we saw them and finally document them.

Thanks to wildlife film maker Sandesh Kadur who helped us in all aspects of making this documentary.

SCREENINGS


The film was initially screened at the opening ceremony of Sangai Festival on 19th November 2017 and later released worldwide on YouTube on 10th January 2018.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Coimbatore (Date TBA)

PAST SCREENINGS

2017 November 19 : 
Sangai Festival
Curtain Raiser Function, Keibul Lamjao National Park.

Venue at Keibul where the documentary was premiered


 

Sangai in its natural habitat


 


An aerial view of the national park


 

EXPERIENCES


WHEN WE LOST ONE OF OUR CAMERAS

Halfway during our first visit to the National Park, we noticed that we were short of once camera. we searched for it in all our bags, vehicles and literally everywhere we could think of.

We were worried and we convinced ourselves that, we may not have taken that camera to Manipur.

After a couple of days, when we visited the visitors gallery (Near the above photograph), we found that the camera was laying there on one of the chairs.... after three days.

It was intact.....nobody had stolen the camera....infact nobody would have visited that place. It was like getting our lives back....

THE HARE RAMA COOK

The cook at the forest IB is a local villager, who doesnt know English or Hindi. The only way we could communicate with him was by sign language. The only word he could speak to us was "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" and we ended up calling him the same. I still dont know is real name.

A real hard-worker, and my favorite shot in the documentary was him rowing the canoe .. The next time I visited the National Park to screen the documentary, I knew that everyone at the forest department started calling him "Hare Rama Hare Krishna"

Hare Rama, Hare Krishna


 
With my friend Promod  during his studies at Chil Chil College at Kanglatongbi near Imphal

     

CREATIVE TEAM


       

GEORGE THENGUMMOOTTIL
WRITER / DIRECTOR

SUMANTH KUDHUVALLI
NATURAL HISTORY PHOTOGRAPHY

DHEERAJ AITHAL
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

BHASKAR GAURIBIDANUR
NARRATOR (ENGLISH)

SRIJANA PRADHAN
NARRATOR (MANIPURI)

 

TEAM


 

OUR SINCERE THANKS TO


Shri N. Biren Singh
Honorable Chief Minister, Manipur

Shri Th. Shyamkumar
Honorable Minister, Forests & Envt., MAHUD, Hort. & SC, Manipur

Shri Shambhu Singh, IAS
Addl. Chief Secretary, ForestS & Envt., Manipur

Shri Kereilhouvi Angami, IFS
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and HoFF, Manipur

Shri DJN ANAND, IFS
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (WILDLIFE), Manipur

Shri ANURAG BAJPAI, IFS
Chief Conservator of Forests, Manipur

ARUN RS, IFS
Forest Department Manipur

VINOD KUMAR DK, IFS
Forest Department Manipur

Nirmala Chanu
Forest Department Manipur

L Biramangol Singh
Forest Department Manipur

SPECIAL THANKS TO 


FILMING EQUIPMENT
Felis Creations Pvt. Ltd.

SANDESH KADUR
Felis Creations Pvt. Ltd.

THANKS TO


Adarsh NC
Akhil KS
Dr. Chongpi Tuboi
Dilan Mandanna
Giuseppe Bucciarelli
Kalyan Varma
Malaika Vaz
Nitya Sood
Rahul Raghav
Rohit Sapam
Sooraj Puthiyedam
Thokchom Romen Singh
Thomas Joseph Thengummoottil

Staff at Keibul Lamjao National Park
The People of Keibul Village

TITLE SONG


Sangai - The Pride of Manipur

Written By 
L.M Khaute, IPS, 
DGP Manipur

Performed By 
Lourembam Bedabati, Pushparani Huidrom

Composed By 
Jeeten Kumar Naorem

Directed By 
B Maisnam

Produced By 
Akoijam Family (Mongsangei) 
BM Production, 
Dreams Production 
Tantha Entertainment Pvt Ltd

MUSIC


Composed by Al Lethbridge (PRS) 

           Ocean Odysey
           Dark Piano
           Heartbreak

Memory Waltz 
          by Stewart Winter, Joseph Saba
Heavy rainfall 
          by Bergersen, Thomas
Noose 
          By Ashford by William, 
          Joel, Michael
Widows walk 
          by Dwyer, John Carlo, 
          Mendelsohn, Ronald Alan 

 

George Thengummoottil
Thengummoottil
Kappad PO
Kottayam Dist
Kerala
India


p: +91 94462 93302
e: george@theindia.info



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