INDIA, 2013, DIGITAL, 35 MIN
ODIYA/HINDU/KUI/ENGLISH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Kucheipadar, a Khonda tribal village in Odisha, India, is a bauxite-rich block that since India’s economic liberalization has been the subject of conflict between the Adivasi inhabitants and a mining venture. Singing has come to articulate creative forms and political structures that steered a resistance movement from subalternity, through solidarity, into dissolution. Blood Earth interweaves the efforts to record song, farming, village life, and a political meeting to improvise a junction between voice, music, silence, sound, and noise.
Kush Badhwar is an artist and filmmaker operating across media, art, cinematic, and other social contexts. He is interested in ecology, including the life of sound and image across stretches of time and political change.