In collaboration with the Cinema Collective1
The World’s Most Famous Tiger
English Film (45 minutes)
Machli, the legendary Tiger Queen of Ranthambhore National Park in Western India was known for her fierce determination, bravery and confidence. She captured the imagination and hearts of tiger fans like no other. Machli died at the record age of twenty years but not before she had played a key role in the regeneration of tiger population in the Ranthambhore and Sariska National Park. This film chronicles Machli’s journey from her prime to her death; telling the incredible stories behind Machli’s rise to power, her heartbreaking descent and the extraordinary legacy she left behind. Machli taught us a valuable lesson that protecting one tiger can create a forest.
Life Force – India’s Western Ghats
English Film (48 minutes)
A blue-chip documentary that celebrates and explores the unusual, the unexpected and the downright bizarre. Revealing incredible habitats where nature has allowed eccentric animals and unorthodox patterns of behavior to flourish through the miracle of natural selection and the magic of evolution. The Western Ghats is a moist tropical oasis thrust up above the arid Indian subcontinent by an ancient super volcano. Over millions of years, this strip of stepped coastal highlands has become a refuge for a unique collection of creatures, many of which cannot be seen anywhere else on earth like the slow moving Slender Loris, Lion Tailed macaque, the strange looking Hornbill; and the living fossil – the Purple Frog, along with multiple species cats; the Asiatic lion of Gir, Tigers and Leopards. Considered The Western Ghats has an exceptionally high level of biological diversity and endemism and is recognized as one of the world’s eight ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity. The documentary reveals the reasons behind the evolution of these species in the Western Ghats and the magnificent orchestration of nature which has allowed this extraordinary habitat to develop and thrive.
Directed by S Nallamuthu
Admission on a first-come-first served basis. NCPA members will get preferential seating till 6.20 pm