About Quotes from the Earth
“Quotes from the Earth” has been first of its kind in the Indian Capital since 2004. It uses a discursive platform to highlight environmental challenges at the national and international level through films, which happen to be one of the most powerful media of communication and discussion. The festival, which is a collaborative effort by Toxics Link and India International Centre, Delhi brings under one umbrella the persistent and persuasive films on all shades of environment - from vanishing bio-diversity to rampant mining, lives of tribes to global climate change, threats to lakes and river contamination to forest conservation, and household waste to solutions of global energy challenges. Since its inception it has attracted an overwhelming audience as well as films and film makers from around the globe; and each time it has grown and become all the more popular. A panel discussion is also conducted during the film festival to provide the audience with a wider context to the meaning of films and their role in societal change.
The festival is proposed as an event, which goes beyond viewing films. Besides showcasing around 18-25 films in a span of 2 days, there is a Q&A session with the directors after the completion of each of the films. The films screened are a mix of documentaries, animation films, and feature films made by renowned and the upcoming film makers from around the world. A panel discussion with eminent journalists, environmentalists, academicians, film makers, policy makers, and personalities from civil society organizations, is also conducted on relevant topics during the film festival.
About Toxics Link
Toxics Link is an environmental research and advocacy organization set up in 1996 by The Just Environment Charitable Trust. It lays a special emphasis on reaching out to numerous grassroots groups; community based organizations and the public at large through its empirical study-based information on environmental issues. Toxics Link works closely with all other stakeholders working on similar issues and has played a seminal role in facilitating the development of several common platforms for them on the national, regional as well as international levels. Toxics Link works in the area of Community and Waste, Toxics-free Health Care, Clean Industry, Chemicals & Health and Information & Communication. We work from New Delhi and have our nodal offices in Kolkata in West Bengal.