The other day my 9-year-old nephew and his friends schooled some adults about Swachh Bharat who were throwing empty packets in our society’s parking lot. Naturally, I was beaming with pride! However, it also reminded me that I am guilty of the same. Often we tend to throw thing here and there thinking people won’t notice. Sadly, there are many places in India where coexisting alongside garbage has become a part of life. One such place is Dibrugarh in Assam.
Getting into the topic, recently an Indian Revenue Officer (IRS) made a mocking commentary on this very issue with a short film named Finding Beauty In Garbage. This 7 minutes 19 seconds film by Satyakam Dutta has already bagged the Best Short documentary film award in Asia South East International Short Film Festival. The festival was held in Cambodia.
Not just that, the film is also selected for special screening at the ‘Short and Sweet Film festival Utah’ in the USA. In India, it will be screened at ‘Ooty Film Festival’ and ‘Bengal International Film festival’.
Talking about the subject matter, the film is a satirical take at the garbage issues in Dibrugarh. It is a town located in Assam where IRS officer Satyakam Dutta is posted. Frustrated with the situation of the town he decided to express and address the issue with a film hoping it will have some impact on the local residents to bring a change in the situation.
It is true that the basic facilities for dealing with waste management lie on the shoulders of the government. However, at the same time, the citizens also need to play their part in making sure that their city, state, or country stays clean.
Satyakam realized that the inhabitants of Dibrugarh are so accustomed to the garbage that they have started cohabiting with the same. Hence, he wrote the script of the story. However, it took him about one and half years to find volunteers to make the film. Finally, he created it with help of his wedding photographers. This is what he said:
“They were assigned to photograph my wedding in October 2016. They offered to work without any fee because they wanted to break from the monotony and hoped to earn some name.”
The film shows how the inhabitants of the city have become accustomed and immune to the garbage and dirt around. The mocking commentary highlights the fact that they no longer want to fight the issue but want to cohabit with the same. Since the release of the film on YouTube, the netizens couldn’t help but praise it. Some even said that this is the scenario of whole Assam and not just Dibrugarh. Here are some of the comments:
— Plabita Borgohain (@plabita158) January 4, 2019
Finding beauty in garbage is a fantastic idea. If only it wasn’t just in NYC. Love this!
— NineCarolineAntiques (@9CAntiques) May 10, 2017
Proud to share that Satyakam Dutta IRS, has won the Phnom Penn International Short Film Prize. Kudos to the young officer. #finding beauty in Garbage #swachha bharat #satyakam Datta #dibrugarh https://t.co/bfeHrBHDr3…
— shri (@shri08327731) January 1, 2019
Finally, here is the short film Finding Beauty In Garbage that created a stir among the viewers. We certainly hope that it will fulfill its intended purpose.
Did you like this satirical film on the ‘Tea City Of India’, Dibrugarh? Do you think it is every citizen’s duty to keep their surroundings clean? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.