‘Jamnapaar’ (Hindi or Urdu for ‘Beyond the Yamuna’) lurks on the river’s edge seeking to explore how the inhabitants of the Yamuna relate to its degraded presence, the fragile nostalgia of its unknowable past and the horror of its unthinkable future. It is above all, an attempt to uncover new ways of imagining and relating to the natural world in the midst of the sixth mass extinction on Earth, our final planetary dream. The film is shot in Delhi, the site of the Yamuna’s most extreme degradation.
Abhinava Bhattacharyya has been working and trying to gain experience in the different disciplines of filmmaking for the past few years. He has been able to gain experience in writing, direction, camera and sound. A deep curiosity in the discipline of visual storytelling along with the need to express drives me to exploring the thin crack that runs between documentary and fiction, between reality and madness. Apart from film, his heart lies in nature, literature, silence (or music) and writing.