Short documentary Yak, directed by Renu Negi, has bagged the Silver Beaver Award at the eight National Science Film Festival at Guwahati University.
The film was conferred with the honour and was among 200 other entries in the same category from different parts of India.
The 16-minute short documentary is a film based on the animal contribution to the socio-economic activities of the pastoral nomads.
“‘Yak’-The ship of the mountains is a 16 minute film that portrays how the animal is contributing to the socio-economic activities of the pastoral nomads. The animal was losing its existence with time and development and how Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has put in concerted efforts to revive it,” Renu Negi, director, said.
When asked about her experience for selecting such kind of topics for short documentaries the director credits her previous films, which were shot in various location across India.
“I have so far made around 75 films. With a vast experience of having worked on tribal subjects, My films have revolved around various tribes that include Bhil, Gonds, Baiga tribes of Madhya Pradesh, Khasi of Meghalaya, Mishmi, Khamti, Sherdukpen of Arunachal Pradesh, tribes of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti in HP, Buxas of Uttaranchal,” said Renu, who already has an experience of around 15 years in film making,” the director explained.
Last year she got an offer from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), to make a film on the animal with the National Yak Research Centre at Dirang in AP.
Her latest project is a documentary film on the Home Stay and Health Tourism in HP for national Film Development Corporation, besides other success stories for Ministry of Agriculture that is keeping her busy.