“Have you ever seen an adivasi begging?” asks an old woman in a scene from I cannot give you my forest, National Award-winning filmmaker couple Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl’s latest film. “That’s because we don’t need to beg for food, as long as our forests
are alive,” she says. But today, many from her tribe cannot say that with the same sense of pride. And this is what the film deals with, the dependence of tribals on uncultivated forest food, which is fast depleting. While the 30-minute film is in its post-production
stage, a part of it was screened in Bhubaneswar earlier this month, at a national-level seminar focusing on tribal malnutrition in India.