GEORGE THENGUMMOOTTIL
DOCUMENTARY EDITOR

 

 

WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARY FILM 

The Return of Sangai

In the far reaches of North East India, lies a place, so hidden, that few have heard about. A realm of waterways, and floating meadows. Indeed, a unique environment, essential to both the people who live around, and the wild animals, that share it. This, is the story of the only floating national park on our planet, and the only home to an endangered deer subspecies, that has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction.

 

 

Commissioned By
Language
Running Length
Year
Video Format
Audio Format

: Forest Department, Manipur
: English, Manipuri
: 11:00
: 2017
: 1080p
: Stereo

 

     

THE INSPIRATION


From the time I visited this place for the first time, I felt a strong attachment to this place.

It was so remote, in one corner of India, far away from everything thing i knew. What amazed me more was thet, nobody knew about this floating National park.. the only floating national park in the word.

I felt this special place deserve more respect, and Sangai deserves more attention.

That is when we though to make this short film. Though we tried to shoot the Sangai for a broadcast documentary, a couple of years ago, we were not successful, as the Sangai, the very shy deer was far away from us and used to come out only during the early morning, when its dark.

Early morning trip to Pabot island looking for Sangai (Cameraman Sumanth with forest guard Basanda)

But everything worked when we, team of Sumanth and I reached the park in March 2016. Though the Sangai was far away from us, we could shoot the Sangai. 

There are only two people who could shoot the Sangai. Sandesh Kadur and Sumanth.. it requires a lot of practice.

The camera setup from Felis Creations

Later the story was developed by documenting the work of forest guards, and post processed at my studio at Bangalore. 

The film was initially screened at the opening ceremony of Sangai Festival on 19th November 201 and later released worldwide on YouTube on 10th January 2018.

 

SCREENINGS


UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Coimbatore (Date TBA)

PAST SCREENINGS

2017 November 19 : 
Sangai Festival,
Curtain Raiser Function, Keibul Lamjao National Park.

 The Sangai Editing Timeline

Sangai in its natural habitat


 

 "Its so inspiring to see your work every time and this is one truly remarkable documentary by your team again. Congratulations to you and your entire team for bringing out such breathtaking visuals and stories together. Got to know so many hidden & unknown things about this beautiful floating lake and its fragile ecosystem. It only increases my wanderlust to visit north east." 

Rajesh P Nayak, Traveler and Filmmaker 


An aerial view of the national park

 

EXPIRENCES


WHEN WE LOST ONE OF OUR CAMERAS

During one of the shoot days, we accidentally left one of our cameras in the visitors gallery of the National Park. After three days we found that we were short with one camera. We looked all around..inside our bags.. cars.. rooms.. everywhere. It was only after three days that, we remembered that we may have left it inside the park and we found it there intact.....nobody has stolen the camera. It was like getting our lives back....

Most of the days it was rainy and foggy. Initially we were not confident of filming Sangai, but after six days of wait the sky cleared and opened the Sangai for us.

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THE HARE RAMA COOK

The cook at the forest IB is a local villager, who doesnt know English or Hindi. The only way we could communicate with him was by sign language. The only word he could speak to us was Hare Rama Hare Krishna and we ended up name him the same.

A real hard-worker, And my favorite shot in the documentary was him rowing the canoe ..

 

     

TEAM


     

GEORGE THENGUMMOOTTIL
WRITER / DIRECTOR

SUMANTH KUDHUVALLI
NATURAL HISTORY PHOTOGRAPHY

DHEERAJ AITHAL
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

BHASKAR GAURIBIDANUR
NARRATOR


OUR SINCERE THANKS TO

Venue at Keibul where the documentary was premiered

Shri N. Biren Singh
Honorable Chief Minister, Manipur

Shri Th. Shyamkumar
Honorable Minister, Forests & Envt., MAHUD, Hort. & SC, Manipur

Shri Shambhu Singh, IAS
Addl. Chief Secretary, ForestS & Envt., Manipur

Shri Kereilhouvi Angami, IFS
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and HoFF, Manipur

Shri DJN ANAND, IFS
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (WILDLIFE), Manipur

Shri ANURAG BAJPAI, IFS
Chief Conservator of Forests, Manipur

ARUN RS, IFS
Forest Department Manipur

VINOD KUMAR DK, IFS
Forest Department Manipur

Nirmala Chanu
Forest Department Manipur

L Biramangol Singh
Forest Department Manipur

FILMING EQUIPMENT
Felis Creations Pvt. Ltd.

SPECIAL THANKS TO
SANDESH KADUR
Felis Creations Pvt. Ltd.

THANKS TO
Adarsh NC
dr. Chongpi Tuboi
Dilan Mandanna
Giuseppe Bucciarelli
Kalyan Varma
Malaika Vaz
Nitya Sood
Rahul Raghav
Rohit Sapam
Sooraj Puthiyedam
Thokchom Romen Singh
Thomas Joseph Thengummoottil

Staff at Keibul Lamjao National Park
The People of Keibul Village

TITLE SONG

Sangai - The Pride of Manipur

Written By 
L.M Khaute, IPS, 
DGP Manipur

Performed By 
Lourembam Bedabati, Pushparani Huidrom

Composed By 
Jeeten Kumar Naorem

Directed By 
B Maisnam

Produced By 
Akoijam Family (Mongsangei) 
BM Production, 
Dreams Production 
Tantha Entertainment Pvt Ltd

MUSIC

Composed by Al Lethbridge (PRS) 
           Ocean Odysey
           Dark Piano
           Heartbreak

Memory Waltz 
          by Stewart Winter, Joseph Saba
Heavy rainfall 
          by Bergersen, Thomas
Noose 
          By Ashford by William, 
          Joel, Michael
Widows walk 
          by Dwyer, John Carlo, 
          Mendelsohn, Ronald Alan 

 

George Thengummoottil
Thengummoottil
Kappad PO
Kottayam Dist
Kerala
India


p: +91 94462 93302
e: george@theindia.info



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