Stating this here today, Rajendra Rajan, Producer & Director of the film said that the 22 minute long documentary has been selected by IDPA – Indian Documentary Producers Association for a special screening on the eve of its Annual Award Presentation Ceremony being held at Mumbai.
He said that the ‘The Lost Roots’ showcases the plight of 175 people from 28 families of Pong Dam oustees living at Kuthera island for the last 42 years. They were not allotted land in Rajasthan and preferred to stay at Kuthera since 1971. He said that the island is encircled by 50-60 feet deep water and the people were living in most miserable and inhuman conditions.
He said that ‘The Lost Roots’ is an attempt to highlight the miseries and painful journey of Kuthera oustees and expose the insensitive, indifferent and apathetic attitude of all the successive State Governments of Himachal Pradesh. The island sans electricity, school, dispensary etc. and there are no signs of any development there. The school children are forced to pursue their studies at Dhameta village after covering a distance 6 kms in deep waters through locally made wooden boats. The film is a humble beginning to raise the issue of Kuthera oustees at national level and seek justice for them.
He said ‘The Lost Roots’ has also been sent as an entry to MIFF – Mumbai International Film Festival- 2014 in the national competition category. The festival will be held in the first week of February 2014. The film was today screened at Shimla for the staff of I&PR department as a premiere show.