Six young people in India uncover a major environmental disaster to which we all unknowingly contribute.




Genre:  documentary

Running time: 39 min.

Director: Krisztina Danka, Ph.D.


“This film is a gripping story of one of the most sacred rivers in India. The future of the Yamuna is at risk along with the lives of some 60 million people who depend on it. With powerful images and engaging narration the viewer will be forever changed.”

-  Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University

Synopsis: Six young people in rural India set out on a journey to find out who is poisoning their sacred river Yamuna, causing people and animals to fall sick and die en masse in their village and surrounding areas. By the time they arrive at the foothills of the Himalayas, a shocking reality unfolds in front of them: their river has been “stolen” and replaced by an open flow of sewage, causing a major ecological disaster affecting tens of millions -- to which, unknowingly, the whole world contributes. Can they save the river, people’s lives and their holy land, the very heart of the ancient Indian culture?

“The Stolen River tells an urgent and timely story with grace and beauty. This powerful and moving film explores the complex factors at play in the pollution of the Yamuna river, offering viewers an eye-opening look at an ecological tragedy. By highlighting the activism of a group of Indian and Indian-American young adults, the filmmakers expertly weave together a story that is both global and deeply personal."

- Vineet Chander, Coordinator of the Hindu Life Program,Princeton University 

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Awards & Film Festivals:

Winner, Bronze Award, Independent Shorts Awards, North Hollywood, CA, USA (4/2/2018)

Winner, Best Film on Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Calcutta, International Cult Film Festival, Kolkata, India (3/16/18)

Winner, Best In Show Award, Cinema Verde International Environmental Film & Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL, USA (2/11/2018)

Winner, Award of Recognition, Impact DOCS Award Competition (1/28/2018)

Winner, Best Green Film, LIFTT India Cinefest, Lonavla, India (9/5/2017)

Top 5 Finalist, Kuala Lumpur International Eco-film Festival, Malaysia (10/25/2017)

Semi-finalist, Green Earth Film Festival (10/5/2017)

Voices from the Water International Traveling Festival, Bangalore, India (Official Selection)

Noida International Film Festival, Delhi, India (Official Selection)

Subject areas:

  • Environment & Sustainability;

  • Religion;

  • Hindu Studies;

  • Human Rights;

  • Sociology; 

  • Political Science;

  • Global Culture

Questions / Concerns? 

“All Hindus should be concerned about the plight of the River Yamuna. This movie, The Stolen River, highlights how far we have strayed in our responsibility to care for her. To ensure she is free from pollution, that she is vibrant and full of life - that is the heart of Hinduism.” 


- Gopal D. Patel, Director

The Bhumi Project

Oxford Center for Hindu Studies