Following the trail of the King of Birds 

The movie will probably be screened as a part of the continuing digital Rising Gardens Movie Competition.

Directed by Munmun Dhalaria, The Jujurana’s Kingdom takes us deep into the Western Himalayas, to the Nice Himalayan Nationwide Park, which is the habitat of the Jujurana, or the western tragopan. 

One of many least photographed birds on this planet, this lovely however susceptible pheasant species is tough to search out. Desirous to {photograph} it in its pure habitat, Dhalaria units out to search out the elusive creature. The documentary makes us conscious of this magnificent chicken, referred to as Jujurana, or the King of the Birds, for a motive. With its distinct purple face and blue wattle, the horned male of the species places on an elaborate, in depth courtship dance which is a delight to look at. Nonetheless, as one of many specialists factors out, there’s a normal lack of expertise about pheasants and this chicken specifically, as they’re arduous to search out and are going through extinction.

The Jujurana’s Kingdom gives information concerning the chicken, whereas additionally telling us concerning the filmmaker’s journey in making an attempt to movie it. The movie widens its scope by touching upon the situation of India’s biodiversity and the distinctiveness of the Nice Himalayan Nationwide Park in being one of many final pristine forests left within the nation. In doing so, it foregrounds the individuals working to preserve the park. By the way, Himachal Pradesh is the one place on this planet the place the western tragopan is being bred in captivity, to be later launched within the wild.

With breathtaking photographs of the park and its untouched habitat, the documentary emphasizes the significance of letting nature and its creatures flourish of their pure world. Though the movie foregrounds the chicken and its habitation, one needs that there have been sure points of it that had been explored slightly extra. A number of extra statistics concerning the chicken inhabitants would place the scenario firmly in context. There’s additionally the slight point out about the one resident of the nationwide park being an 80-year-old girl whose coronary heart aches on the considered the chicken being hunted by poachers. I discovered myself desirous to know extra about her and her distinctive scenario throughout the context of the movie.

The movie received the award for Finest Movie: Mountain Wildlife on the fourth IMF Mountain Movie Competition 2020 and will probably be screened as a part of the digital Rising Gardens Movie Competition, which is being organised from 16-19 April 2021.

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