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Set for November release in India and set to screen at film festivals world-wide. See korgw101.blogspot.com
Odia-language cli-fi movie "Kokoli" from India explores climate change issues in coastal regions
Love in a time of climate change? A new cli-fi Indian film puts cli-fi on India's map, following in the footsteps of Amitav Ghosh's novel ''The Hungry Tide''.
"Kokoli" -- the name of the female character in the movie and also a type of fish -- tells a story of a fishing community along tbe coast of India facing the loss of livelihoods and land as sea levels rise in due to climate change and global warming the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The Odia-language movie will be released in November.
The Odia-language film centers on Miss Kokoli and her boyfriend, who sets out to build a wall to keep towering waves from destroying and uprooting his village - a task he must succeed at in order to win her mother's approval. Romance? Yes.
"Fishing is the only livelihood for them and the only skill they know. They are victims of climate change," filmmaker Snehasis Das told reporter Annie Banerji for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"Simultaneously, I focus on how love - a relationship - can be disturbed due to calamities," said the 43-year-old director. "It is a lot about how they adapt to love and climate change. Their future hinges on adaptation."
With a nearly 500 km (300 mile) coastline, Odisha state is home to many coastal communities that depend on the sea.
The state is also one of India's most vulnerable to the effects of global warming, hit by rising sea levels, cyclones and floods, with vast stretches of the shoreline being lost to erosion.
In June, the state government warned in a report that fishermen's catches could plummet with rising temperatures.
India faces the most severe threat from climate change, followed by Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh, a survey showed in a March 2018 survey of 67 countries.