Documentary | India | 2020 | 56 min. | Christoph Pohl

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EVER SLOW GREEN – Re-afforestation in Auroville, South India
50 years ago, a unique afforestation project took root on an eroded desert plateau in Tamil Nadu, South India, when people from diverse countries came together to establish the international experimental township of Auroville.

Initially driven by the necessity to make the harsh conditions more liveable, the idealism of some early residents lead them to develop expertise in cultivating the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest, a rare forest type native to the coastal belt of Tamil Nadu.

Today, the lush Auroville forest is an outstanding example of eco-restoration that recreates and preserves a type of tropical forest that is on the verge of extinction.

Ever Slow Green tells the story of Auroville’s 50-years-young forest through some of the diverse characters who have dedicated their lives to bringing it to fruition.


festivals / premieres / awards
Auroville Film Festival, Auroville, India / world premiere / won Wisdom Award

Jury statement: “This film wins the Wisdom Award for its cinematic narration of how Auroville became a one-of-its-kind forest town in India. It journeys with a community of people who value, protect and nurture the diversity of Auroville’s natural and human environment. Soft light and music take the viewer through the forest cover of the land, water and people that form the essence of Aurovilian life. A labour of love!”

Rishikesh International Film Festival, Rishikesh, India / won Best Director – Documentary

Eugene Environmental Film Festival, Eugene, OR, USA / won People’s Choice Award

Handle Climate Change Film Festival, Shenzhen, China / won Gold Award

CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival, Delhi, India / won Best Environment Conservation Film (national)

Green Screen International Wildlife Filmfestival, Eckernförde, Germany / international premiere / nominated Best Newcomer

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands / nominated Green Impact Award

Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary, Bozcaada, Turkey / Finalist

All Living Things Environmental Film Festival, Panchgani, India / Finalist

GNG Green Earth Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, USA, Finalist

Slemani International Film Festival, Slemani, Iraqi Kurdistan, Special Screen

Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Lihula, Estonia / Official Selection

Portland EcoFilm Festival, Portland, OR, USA / Official Selection

Science Film Festival, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Iran, Kenya, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela / Official Selection

Awareness Film Fest, Los Angeles, CA, USA / Official Selection

Spirit Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel / Official Selection

tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, London, UK / Official Selection (Documentary Impact Awards)

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA, USA / Official Selection

changeNOW summit & film festival, Paris, France / Official Selection

Patagonia Eco Film Fest, Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina / Official Selection

NatureTrack Film Festival, Los Olivos, CA, USA / Official Selection

Filmambiente, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Official Selection

Green Fest, Belgrad, Serbia / Official Selection

Babul Eco Film Festival, Hyderabad, India / Official Selection


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