Did you know that one of the holiest rivers in India has been “stolen” and replaced by sewage? Did you know that about 80 million people are affected by the pollution, and 23% of the children in the area suffer and die from lead and arsenic poisoning? Did you know that no living organism can survive in the waters of the Yamuna, and the river has officially been declared “dead?” And did you know that most probably you, too, are contributing to this ecological disaster?
There are several factors contributing to the Yamuna’s pollution, but the root cause is the lack of sufficient fresh water flow to maintain life along the entire stretch of the river. Within a few miles from its origin, almost 100% of the Yamuna’s water is being diverted to irrigate rice fields, leaving the riverbed empty, then filled with municipal, agricultural and industrial waste. Not a drop of fresh Yamuna water reaches Delhi, Braj or the areas further south. Most of the rice cultivated with the diverted and exploited Yamuna is for export, and ends up on grocery store shelves abroad.
What can you do?
1. Stop buying rice imported from India (especially basmati)
By being conscious consumers we have the power to decide what we contribute to. A decrease in consumer demand would inspire the rice industry in India to switch to a more environmental-friendly cultivation method with less water consumption, which has already been proven to be working in several countries.
2. Host a public screening for ‘The Stolen River’ film
Most people want to be good citizens of the world and do the right thing, however they simply do not know the full picture. It is certainly true in the case of the Yamuna river's exploitation. Now you can help raise awareness by hosting screenings in your community, and start a discussion. To request a copy of the film for public screening....
3. Donate to help bring the film to large audiences worldwide
'The Stolen River' has been produced on a "shoestring" - out of dedication to the issue; the film's core team has been working on this project for years for free. However, to be able to make the pollution victims' voices heard and achieve the desired impact on policy making, the film needs to get out as far and wide out as possible. Please help make that happen by donating below. (Every contributor gets a free perk, a photo, a piece of music, or a video.)
PUBLIC THANK YOU PACKAGE - $10
You will receive a public 'thank you' on the film's website and a large amount of good karma for helping saving the river and the lives of those who depend on its water.
CLEAN YAMUNA SCREENSAVER PACKAGE - $20
You will receive a high resolution screensaver photo of the River Yamuna, a public 'thank you' on the website and a large amount of good karma for helping saving the river and the lives of those who depend on it.
PACKAGE - $25
You receive a digital copy of one of the film’s main theme songs “Yamuna Puline”, performed by European musicians led by Gunagrahi Das and violin artist Gergely Balazs. You will also get the previous level’s perks.
Contributors get the previous levels' perks as well as a special streaming access to 'Nature's I.Q.' documentary presenting a wide array of extraordinary animal behavior, making us witness that nature can be more unfathomable than contemporary science allows for.
EXCLUSIVE DANCE VIDEO PACKAGE - $51
Exclusive access to the “Yamuna’s Plea” music & dance video, featuring Odissi-dancer Shatakshi Goyal portraying the river Goddess Yamuna, artfully expressing her longing for the sacred land Braj, from where she had been exiled. You will also get the previous levels’ gifts.
PACKAGE - $75
Supporters will receive a private link allowing a one-time streaming access to view the film. They will also get the previous levels’ gifts.
PACKAGE - $108
Supporters will receive one-month free rental of the movie. They will also get the previous levels’ gifts.
DOWNLOAD & UNLIMITED STREAMING PACKAGE - $208
Would you like to own a digital copy of the film? Supporters of this package will get the opportunity to download and get unlimited streaming access to the movie. You will also get the previous levels’ gifts
PUBLIC SCREENING PACKAGE - $308
Host a public screening of 'The Stolen River' in your home, school, club, community or a venue of your choice for your friends, or members of your community. You’ll receive a full HD digital version of the film, along with a three-time public screening rights of the film. You will also get the previous levels’ gifts.
DOUBLE-FILM PUBLIC SCREENING PACKAGE - $508
Host a public screening of two award-winning films 'The Stolen River' and ‘The Joy of Devotion' (www.joyofdevotionfilm.com) in your home, school, club, community or a venue of your choice. You’ll receive a full HD digital version of the films, along with three-time public screening rights. You will also get the previous levels’ gifts.
SCREENING WITH FILMMAKERS PACKAGE - $2,508
Host a private screening of 'The Stolen River' in your home, school or a venue of your choice for your closest friends. The filmmakers will attend and participate in an intimate post-screening discussion on a mutually agreed-upon date. (Available in North America and Europe.) You will also get the previous levels’ gifts.
TRIPLE-FILM PUBLIC SCREENING PACKAGE - $751
Host a public screening of three award-winning films 'The Stolen River', ‘The Joy of Devotion” and “Nature’s I.Q” in your home, school, club, community or a venue of your choice. You’ll receive a full HD digital version of the films, along with three-time public screening rights. You will also get the previous levels’ gifts. (More about the additional films: www.karunaproductions.com)
FILMMAKER & ARTIST
PACKAGE - $1,108
Got a screenplay, a documentary, short film or a full feature that you need to get to the next level? Experienced creative professionals documentary producer Dr. Krisztina Danka, or Hollywood story analyst and New York University screenwriting professor Mark DeGasperi will give you detailed notes, plus have an hour-long Skype consultation with you about your project. You will also get the previous levels' perks.
DONATE ANY AMOUNT TO THE CAMPAIGN
You will receive a large amount of good karma for helping saving the river and the lives of those who depend on its water.
Special thanks to the film's generous supporters:
Amrita Ford Hari (USA), Ofelia C Echeverry R, Dr. Jozsef Danka (Hungary), Maxim Varfolomeyev (Russia), Olga Avramenko (Russia), Sivarama Swami (Hungary), Rupa Raghunath (India), Susan O'Leary (USA), Pranada Comtois (USA), Marta Magyar (Hungary), M. Mohan Ginoux, Mark DeGasperi, Edwin F. Bryant (USA), Shyama Chandra Das, Martin Gurvich (Belgium), Michael Jarvis, Tiffany E. Cooper (USA), Ausra Budriene, Srinivas R. Palakala, Devaprastha Das (USA), Omkara Das & family (Hungary), Haimavathi Bhat, Vraja-kumara das, Yamuna-jivani dasi (Hungary), Jayadeva John Richardson (UK), Vigneau Sylvie (France), Radha Kanti Dasi (Poland).