Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Little Revolution—A Story of Suicide and Dreams

Life isn’t always as easy as it seems. Heartbreak, devastation and illness all take a toll on a person’s self esteem. Imagine almost fulfilling a dream and then in a matter of seconds it could seem light-years away. Denial, wallowing and grieving are all part of the process to recover. Unfortunately, the process is different for everybody. Those who are unable to recuperate from such awful tragedy only see one way out—taking their own life.

As sad as it may seem, suicide is the answer for many farmers in the rustic village of Punjab. What could be so horrible that would make so many people drastically decide to take their own life? Large regions in India are suffering from severe times of crisis. Many people are going unaware of the brutal crisis consuming entire districts in India. However, whether or not people are aware, their problems are only getting worse.

Currently, there is no answer to the crisis. Only time can determine the faith of these regions in India and the hope of the people. What makes these farmers go over the edge? Industrially motivated policies on farming, interest loans and environmental damage.

Follow the expedition of filmmaker Harpreet Kaur as she treks across these villages to meet the most powerful government officials. She strives to help them realize the aftermath of their harsh legislative movements and she hopes to find an answer to give these children better prospects in life.

What would you say to a person who is considering ending their life in times of conflict or distress? Please leave suggestions, answers and comments in the space below.

This will be one of the films shown at the Film Festival in September.  

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