Building a new India. Life for the land.

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About this work


With images of rural India and subsistence agriculture, this film is about the Indian Five-Year Plan (possibly the third, 1961-66) and the American programme of aid focusing on building fertilizer plants to enrich the impoverished soil and thereby producing a higher crop yield. The footage is shot mute (with no sound) with an explanatory narrtion in English. The film depicts how the local villagers co-operated by planting 'green' seeds and then the creation of refuse composting. However, the tired soil also required the addition of commercial fertilisers in the form of ammonium sulphate from a local fertiliser plant at Sindri; the Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL), it was the first of its kind in India and closed in 2002. (The plant was built in the late 1940s and started production in 1951.) The fertiliser is described as 'magic' for the villagers' soil. There are some general external shots of the huge manufacturing complex. The villagers get to work and utilise the green composting waste in the rice paddy fields.


India, 196?

Physical description

1 film reel (13 mins) : silent, color, 16 mm

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