War Gods

War Gods

The Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) also known as Great Indian Hornbill or Great Pied Hornbill, is one of the larger members of the hornbill family.

Their habitat is dense old growth forests in hilly regions.The distribution of the species is fragmented over its range in South and Southeast Asia. In South Asia they are found in a few forest areas in the Western Ghats and in the forests along the Himalayas. Their distribution extends into Thailand, Burma, Malaya and Sumatra.

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Largest Asian hornbill species with males larger than females. Males have more pronounced yellow casque than females. Both sexes black with some yellowish- whitish feathers. Back of casque reddish in females, black in males. Males have red iris with black skin surrounding, females white iris with pink or red skin surrounding.

Their calls & wing beats can be heard more than half a mile away.

Casque takes 4-5 years to develop. While casque looks heavy, it is actually light and hollow.

They love to bask in the sun.

Like all arboreal hornbills, female nests in tree cavity with wall made of mud, fruit pulp & poop. Hole big enough for female to fit into & once she’s in she walls herself up for 3 months, leaving narrow opening for male to feed her/brood.

Male defends territory. While walled up, female undergoes complete molt. When chicks & mom too big, mom breaks out with both parents feeding chicks.

Due to frugivorous diet, they’re very important seed dispersers.

Their impressive size and colour have made them important in many tribal cultures and rituals.

Knights of the Rainforests

Knights of the Rainforests

The lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus), or the wanderoo is an Old World monkey that is endemic to the Western Ghats of South India.

The natural habitat of the Lion-tailed macaque comprises of tropical dry forest and tropical rainforests of India.

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Lion-tailed macaques spend most of their time on trees and are excellent swimmers.

One of its unique features is its silver-white mane, which stretches on from the cheeks to the chin, while surrounding the head. This mane has led to the macaque being named as the ‘Bear Ape’ also.

Lion-tailed macaques are territorial in nature and defend the area they believe to be theirs.

The diet of a Lion-tailed macaque comprises of indigenous fruits, leaves, buds, insects, small vertebrates and invertebrates.

Cloud Goat

Cloud Goat

Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus Hylocrius), known locally as the Nilgiri Ibex or simply Ibex.

It is also called ‘Varayadu’ in Malayalam and nicknamed the ‘cloud goat’ because it is often seen moving in and out of mist, fog and cloud.

 

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Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius) is an ungulate living in the ranges of Western ghat mountains of Kerala, most of them are seen in Eravikulam National Park. They are also found in small groups at Nilgiri hills, Siruveni Hills , Elival Mala, Nelliampathi Hills, Top Slip & Parambikulam, Eastern Slopes of Ananmala, Grass hills of Anamala, Swamaimala …etc.

Towering cliffs and crags that would be considered inaccessible to most other animals are their natural habitat largely confined to altitudes from 1200 to 2600 m.

Both males and females have short and wrinkled horns, with a rounded outer surface. horns are bigger in males.

Adult males are much larger and darker in color than females.

Bucks turn a deep black-brown as they age and develop a distinctive, whitish saddle patch on their loins.

Nigiri Tahr is declared an endangered species in the IUCN Red List of  Threatened Mammals with surviving number estimated just below 2000 animals.

 

Uthiripookkal (1979)

உதிரிப்பூக்கள் (1979)
Director: J. Mahendran
Language: Tamil
Country: India

உதிரிப்பூக்கள் (1979)

உதிரிப்பூக்கள் (1979)

This is a movie about human relations, love and the fall from grace of a person possessed by greed. A movie that should be watched for the sheer narrative style and honest story telling. A classic indeed!

Udhiripookkal Photo Gallery

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Udhiripookkal Full Movie

The Color of Paradise (1999)

Rang-e khoda (1999)
Director: Majid Majidi
Language: Persian, Azerbaijani (only a few words)
Country: Iran

The Color of Paradise (1999)

The Color of Paradise (1999)

A Poetic Beauty

The story revolves around a blind boy named Mohammed who is released from his special school in Tehran for summer vacation.

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Awards

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards – Best Foreign Language Film
Uruguayan Film Critics Association – Best Film

The Color of Paradise Trailer

Turtles Can Fly (2004)

Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand (2004)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Language: Kurdish
Country: Iran, Iraq

Turtles Can Fly Poster

Turtles Can Fly Poster

Life in Iraq, as seen through children’s eyes

The film is set in a Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq.

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Awards

Berlin International Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Peace Film Award
San Sebastián International Film Festival – Best Film
Chicago International Film Festival – Special Jury Award
Rotterdam International Film Festival – Audience Award
Tbilisi International Film Festival – Best Film
Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children – Golden Butterfly

Turtles Can Fly Trailer

Babel (2006)

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Language: English, Arabic, Spanish, Japanese, Berber languages, French (only a few words), Russian, Japanese Sign Language
Country: France, USA, Mexico

Babel

Babel

Emotion needs no Translation

It tells four distinct stories, disclosing bit by bit the chronology and causality that link them and making much of the linguistic, cultural and geographical distances among the characters.

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Awards

Cannes Film Festival – Best Director, Technical Grand Prize (Editing)
Golden Globe Awards – Best Film
Academy Awards – Best Original Score – Gustavo Santaolalla
BAFTA Film Awards – Best Film Music – Gustavo Santaolalla

Babel Trailer