ShortsTV, the first and only 24/7 linear and OTT HD TV channel dedicated to short form video entertainment, is pleased to announce that the award-winning Indian documentary short film “Tailing Pond”, distributed globally and exclusively by ShortsTV, has qualified for consideration for the 93rd Academy Awards in the Documentary – Short category, having screened to critical acclaim at numerous Indian and international film festivals.
Produced and directed by Saurav Vishnu and narrated by ‘Sex and the City’ star Cynthia Nixon, “Tailing Pond” is an exposé of India’s post-independence nuclear programme. This short film investigates the horrifying effects of uranium extraction on the health of the indigenous population of Jadugoda, Jharkhand, East India, where thousands of young children are falling ill and ultimately dying due to radioactive waste pollution. The short film was shot in Jadugora and explores the impact on health and human rights and how the villagers continue to live amidst the situation.
“Tailing Pond” has travelled to film festivals such as the New York Indian Film Festival, the Jaipur International Film Festival and many more. As an independent entry from India, and as part of ShortsTV’s promise to provide support and a platform for bold, passionate filmmakers, “Tailing Pond”, alongside other leading short documentaries from around the world, now stands a chance of being nominated for the 2021 Oscars.
Saurav Vishnu, Producer and director, said “I feel highly privileged that “Tailing Pond” has been considered for nomination under Documentary Shorts and stands a chance at the 93rd Academy Awards.
“Being an Indian and from Jharkhand, I personally took on the responsibility to bring out the true story of the people of Jadugora when I decided to make the film.
“I am humbled that the people of Jadugora trusted in me and allowed me to enter their lives with a camera to document and share their story with the world. I truly hope that their story receives much-needed attention and that this film goes on to create a difference which was my honest intent.”
“I am thankful to the team at ShortsTV and the Academy for considering the film for an entry. Even a nomination for the Oscars will be a victory for the people of Jadugora,” Vishnu added.
Carter Pilcher, CEO of ShortsTV said, “we’re proud to join with Cynthia Nixon and the makers of “Tailing Pond” to bring this issue to light and showcase it across our global platform.
“This highlights the power of short films and ShortsTV to bring untold stories to global audiences that make change possible and give voices to those, such as the community of Jadugora, who aren’t otherwise heard,” Pilcher said.