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Dhanwarlo O’ Avva is a 6 minute 20 second film made by Masanagari Mayuri, an eight year old girl from a dalit farm labouring family that lives in Pastapur Village of Medak District in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Mayuri studies in the Government Primary School in her village.

Dhanwarlo O’ Avva is the profile of an 80 year old woman who in spite of her advanced age, is still robustly engaged in ecological agriculture and maintains vibrant biodiversity on her farm. She has not only avoided chemicals on her farm but has last applied even farmyard manure as far back as eight years ago. Through her cropping systems, she has maintained rich fertility of her soil and produces a wonderful yield of diverse foods.

It is this protagonist that Mayuri follows in her little film, talking to her, getting to know of her farm and home and making her own observation about her protagonist and what she represents for her. This child’s observation of an ecological farmer and her farming is summed up in her closing remark: Ratnavva does not buy any food from outside while the rest of us have to buy it from outside. If everyone was like Ratnavva how nice it would have been!

This is as far as a child can go in defining food sovereignty in her own terms.

For more details, contact :

Masanagari Mayuri
Village Pastapur, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, 500 220, India

Deccan Development Society
#101, Kishan Residency, Road No 5, Begumpet
Hyderabad – 500 016, Andhra Pradesh, India
Email: ddshyderabad@gmail.com