Films : Documentaries : Shores of Silence - Whale Sharks in India
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The National Award for Best film ‘adventure & exploration’ 2005
The Green Oscar, Wildscreen Festival, Bristol, UK - 2000
Wildscreen - 2000
The Citta Di Toronto at the Cinemambiente Awadrs - 2001
The 6th Sichuan TV Festival , China - 2001
The Honour of Knowledge Award at Baristlava, Slovakia - 2001
The Golden Jury Award, Worldfest, Houston- 2002
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Shot under extreme conditions and threats from the local mafia, the film took 3 years to complete. This is the first ever and only video documentation of the massacre of whale sharks on the Indian coast.

This film moved the government of India into bringing in legislation and banning the killing of Whale Sharks on Indian shores. The Whale Shark was declared protected under the Indian Wildlife Act- 1972, bringing it at par with the Tiger and the Rhino.

This was a landmark move. It was the first marine species to be protected under the Indian law.

In November 2002, at the international CITES meet in Chile, Santiago, a negative voting changed into an overwhelming positive after this film was shown to the delegates - bringing global protection of the Whale Shark and giving the largest fish in the world a new lease of life.

The Film has also been greatly successful in bringing about change in the attitude of fisher folk along the Gujarat coast who have now become their guardians.
 
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