A three-year study of Bt cotton by the AP Coalition in Defence of Diversity and the Deccan Development Society in collaboration with the Permaculture Association of India, unveiled this truth in its report: Bt Cotton in Andhra Pradesh : A Three Year Assessment, published in 2005.
The film Bt Cotton in Andhra Pradesh: A three year fraud, a complement to the report, vividly brings out the stories of terrible loss, deep pain and cold anger, leading to explosive violence and even death as narrated by farmers.
The earlier film Why are Warangal Farmers Angry with Bt Cotton made in 2003 by the women filmmakers of the DDS Community Media Trust has now been translated into French, Spanish, Thai and German, besides English, and is making waves around the world. It has also been shown at film festivals, both national and international.The women have continued their strides to bring out a new perspective on Bt cotton this year through the film Bt Cotton in Andhra Pradesh: A three year fraud. They traveled to Warangal month after month, braving the scorching sun, carrying their equipment, walking miles into farmers’ fields, talking to farmers, especially women,
creating a camaraderie, and generating brilliant interviews. They have filmed the death of Bt cotton at every stage and analysed the reasons with farmers. Being small and marginal farmers themselves, the media women of CMT have sensitively captured the images and voices of the Bt farmers in crisis. The brilliance and invaluableness of their effort cannot be adequately described.
The last year of their filming was led by Eedulapally Manjula and was supported by Matoor Shakuntala, Nagwar Kavita, Ippapalle Mollamma, Humnapur Laxmamma, Borancha Sangamma and Pastapur Chinna Narsamma.
The cost of the CD is Rs. 250