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 Dr. Nikhil Anand, Associate 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.