Oftentimes, the conversations around climate change take a backseat based on the reasoning that you can’t really see the impact now and by the time it comes around, this generation will be gone. This is wrong in its entirety. The impact can very well be seen now, it’s just that chances are, a number of people do not live in the locations that are directly affected by the harmful impact of this phenomenon. While this generation is at the core of the problem it is also its solution.
The animated film ‘Wade’ puts a lot of this into perspective. Directors Kalp Sanghvi and Upamanyu Bhattacharyya created a narrative that is rooted in the truth of climate change and is put across in a manner that we can only describe as horror.
The film follows the tale of a family of climate refugees (people forced to dislocate from their homes due to ill and unbearable effects of climate change) who experience an attack by a group of tigers on the flooded streets of Kolkata. The flooding is an unmistakable result of the sea levels rising in the region.
The film is so raw in its storytelling that it makes it difficult to look away, and it forces you to face the grim reality of what could be our future. Finding a way to meld animation and environmentalism, Wade is impressive by way of being frightening. It is always challenging to approach a disheartening subject with awareness and knowledge, but this Indian animated short film does it beautifully.
Survival and instinct take distinct places in this film, but climate takes centre stage. Wade is a comfortless yet much-needed reminder of the direction we are headed in and with the help of the dynamic art form of animation, the film’s team has succeeded at conveying their message in a matter of 10-odd minutes.
Find Team Wade here.
Find Kalp Sanghvi here.
Find Upamanyu Bhattacharyya here.
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