Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in North East India characterized by its unique floating biomass ‘phumdi’ is the primary source of livelihood for the fishermen who live on huts built on the phumdis. The lake, rich and abundant in bio-diversity also serves as a source for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. For years, Loktak has faced serious problems due to human induced developmental activities. Today it is considered a dying lake. Government agencies and local conservationists are struggling to save Loktak lake, while residents try to save their homes and livelihoods.
[director]Haobam Paban Kumar is an alumni of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. His documentary film “AFSPA 1958” won several awards including the FIPRESCI prize at Mumbai International Film Festival, 2006. His next film “A Cry In The Dark” was world premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2006, shown at MOMA New York, telecast at YLE Finland and got a Special Jury Mention at the One World Human Rights Film Festival, Chezkoslowakia 2007. Some of his films “Ngaihak Lambida” (Fiction), “The First Leap”, “Mr. India” And” AFSPA1958” were screened in the Indian Panorama Section, IFFI Goa. The film “AFSPA 1958” and ”Mr. India” have won National Film Awards in India. In 2011 he was one of the six emerging talents to represent India at Cannes film Festival 2011, a National Film Development Corporation, India initiative.[/director]