An Indian filmmaker, Achyutanand Dwivedi, made amends for India’s disappointing no-show in the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Dwivedi’s three minute short film won ‘Seed Mother’ won the third prize in the international section of Nespresso Talents 2019 in Cannes recently.
The three minute short film celebrates the exceptional spirit of Rahibai Soma Popere and her movement to empower farmers, a woman who hails from Akole, about 200 km from Mumbai, Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district.
Achyutanand Dwivedi relished the ‘phenomenal food’ he had at Rahibai’s home two months ago. He revealed, “I ate rice chapatis, brinjal and beans curry.” He spent a day at the home of Popere, called ‘Seed Mother’ for her work in preserving indigenous seeds. The director filmed his visit to Popere’s home.
Now in its fourth year of conception, Nespresso Talents is held annually as part of the Cannes Critics’ Week to encourage fresh talents. The contest is limited to films shot in a vertical 9/16 video format. This year’s theme was ‘We Are What We Eat’, which aimed at wxploring the world experiencing diversity and sharing experiencing and knowledge through food. It received 371 videos from 47 countries in three broad categories- Farming and Biodiversity, Food Heritage and the Value Chain and Food in Popular Cultures.