A film by Teenaa Kaur
The deer, tree and me
The deer,tree and me
About the film
“If by laying our life even if a tree is saved, then our life is worthed”
A common saying in Bishnoi Community
An afraid Chinkara or Indian Gazelle cried for help in the deep recesses of a cold winter night in the desert. Shaitan Singh Bishnoi could not contain himself and rushed out to his rescue. Shaitan opposed the hunters but they shot him dead. A young and innocent bride of Shaitan, Pushpa has to take care of a young son Piyush, two years old and a girl seven years old.
The film revolves around Chinkara and Pushpa and their interactions. Chinkara symbolises the Mother Nature around us while Pushpa symbolizes the saviours of Nature. She belongs to the Bishnoi community wherein people lay down their lives to save an innocent animal or tree.
She carries forward the legacy of her husband Late Shaitan Singh by adopting a baby chinkara and naming him “Kishan”. Kishan’s mother died and the baby chinkara cannot live without the milk and love of his mother. Pushpa adopted the baby Chinkara. Her love of Kishan is visible when her 2-year-old son Piyush and Kishan share the same milk bottle. Piyush is envious of Kishan for sharing the love of his mother as well. What needs to protected animals or life of oneself in terms of crisis or hunting? She responds that animals cannot take care of themselves, they need to be protected first
Teenaa has been involved in the world of storytelling since 2005. Based in Mumbai, she worked with Zee TV as a Promo Director. However, following her urge and dream of storytelling she started doing documentary films since 2010. She studied Film Appreciation from Film and Television Institute India, Pune 2012. She is a Post Graduate in Mass Communications and a Production and Industrial Engineering Graduate.
“When the Sun didn’t rise” has received the "AND" Fund from BUSAN International Film Festival. It was also selected for DOCEDGE Kolkata, 2011-12and then in DOC WOK, 2014. Doc Wok is a part of DOK Leipzig, the International Festival for Documentary and Animated Films.
In 2013 she was awarded a fellowship by Time Warner foundation supported Asia Society, New York for her first feature film screenplay “The Red Autumn”.
She has received a Fellowship grant from Public Service Broadcasting Trust, (PSBT) for a documentary titled “The Woods are calling”. Khonoma a village in Nagaland, in North east of India where tribal Naga hunters have banned hunting of wild animals and logging of trees for conserving the biodiversity of the forest and reviving the survival of a rare endangered pheasant bird called “Tragopan”.
“In Symphony with Earth!” is a documentary based on the people in India growing natural fibre and living sustainable lives in tune with nature was broadcast on National Geographic and Fox History (2012-13).
“The deer, tree and me” is a short documentary film based on the relationship of a chinkara and a lady who adopts him. It has premiered at SIGNS film festival Cochin, Kerala 2015 and in Kolkata International film festival 2015.
Her debut documentary film on a martial art form celebration named as “Hola! The Mighty Colors” was a part of Sikh International Film Festival in Asia Society and Museum, New York, 2012.
Journey through FILM FESTIVALS
Awards and Recognition
Our Core Values
We stand for One World for all living beings whether it is trees or animals.
BAN, SHUN and LIVE
The Faulty Model of Development
Care for Nature
Chinkaras are losing their habitat due to increasing industrialization. Forests are being cut down paving way for highways and construction of buildings. They also get killed due to increasing number of vehicles passing through the forest. Building of roads and highways acts like a corridor wherein animals cannot cross from one side to another. People selling their lands to pave way for the construction of buildings is another threat to the existence of the animal. Hunting is another hurdle to be crossed.
What can you do about this?
Each human being has a role to play on this Earth. If you care, then don't sell your land to the builders. If you are bothered, then plant trees wherever you live. If you are concerned, then do rainwater harvesting in your building or bungalow. If it is your mission to care for Nature, then each day, create actions to conserve the forest, the drying river, and inspire your community.
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Film Critic, Collaborator at Cineteca di Bologna and Vice President at Associazione Leitmovie, Italy
An extremely important theme filmed with great experience and command of cinematographic language. It’s surprising the grace of Kaur’s touch, in particular in the expression of the relationship between men and nature (the scene with the little boy is pure “Vittorio De Sica” touch!). The influence of Italian Neo-realism and the golden era of Indian Cinema as Bimal Roy, Satyajit Ray is clearly visible.