The Bishnoi: India's Eco-Warriors

November 12, 2023 (Sunday) / 2:00 pm

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

The Bishnoi: India's Eco-Warriors

Dir. Franck Vogel and Benoit Segur, 2011, 52 min.

For centuries, the Bishnoi of Rajasthan in India have been stewarding and preserving the biodiversity of their land. They follow a 500 year old philosophy that all living beings have the right to survive and share all resources. Filmmakers Franck Vogel and Benoit Segur share the stories of three Bishnoi people: Khamu Ram Bishnoi, who fights against plastic pollution; Rana Ram Bishnoi, who has planted over 22,000 trees in the desert; and Ranveer Bishnoi, who hopes to become a priest.

Presented with new subtitles created for this screening.

Followed by a conversation with filmmaker Franck Vogel and Nikhil Anand, Daniel Braun Silvers, W’98, WG’99 and Robert Peter Silvers, C’02 Family Presidential Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.

Presented by Penn Museum and cosponsored by Penn’s Center for Experimental Ethnography, Cinema & Media Studies Department, Program in the Environmental Humanities, South Asia Center, and Wolf Humanities Center.