The Last Migration was the first Asian film to win the The Green Oscar – Panda Award at the Wildscreen Festival. It subsequently went on to win seven other international awards.
The film depicts a 42-day wild elephant capture operation in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Driven out of their home range in Bihar, due to excessive deforestation; a herd of wild elephants migrated to eastern Madhya Pradesh 300 kms away, where the sterile teak plantations could not sustain the herd. Desperate for sustenance they went on a rampage and created havoc amidst the terrified tribals of the remote district of Sarguja – where elephants in the wild have been unheard of, for more than a century. A team of trained elephants was brought in to capture the herd.
The film portrays the man-animal conflict and its repercussions; the tussle between the ancient pachyderm and the tribals of the forest. It also digs deeper and finds that this is actually a manifestation of a more vicious cycle; the disruption and devastation of the balance in Nature by mankind’s relentless and unsustainable obsession with power and development.
The Green Oscar/ Panda Award, Wildscreen Festival, Bristol, UK – 1994
Spirit Of Wilderness, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA – 1994
Care For Nature Award, International World Wildlife Fund, Bangalore, India.
Special Jury Award, International Video Festival (IVFest), Trivandrum – 1995
We The People, South Africa.