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“Of Friends and Foes” | Documentary Feature

“Of Friends and Foes” | Documentary Feature

Dark Business in Dehing Patkai | Friends Who Band Together to Save Their Heritage

A former technician in a plastics factory, who moves on to become a rap singer and environmental activist, along with his youthful conscientious friends, take us on a journey into the Dehing Patkai forest in India’s northeastern state of Assam to reveal the story of illegal coal mining and oil drilling. In the journey, the motley crew discovers a subterranean nexus of the administration, mining mafia and local media that threatens the very existence of the last remaining rain forest of Assam. Alongside their expedition, we also get a peek into the story of old-time environmental activist friends turning foes and the complex terrain of relationships in a difficult world.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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