Watch: ‘India’s Coal Rush’ on AJ+ Feat. Music By Frame/Frame

28 August 2015

A powerful new film by Enrico Fabian and Vikram Singh (who recently reviewed the Dekmantel festival for us) out on Al Jazeera’s digital news channel AJ+ highlights the impact of India's growing production and consumption of coal. The film is called ‘India’s Coal Rush’ and features music by Delhi based producer Frame/Frame.

The documentary short travels from the coal fired power plans of Chhattisgarh to Jharia in the Dhanbad district in Jharkhand - an area that is infamous for coal-field fires that has burned underground for nearly a century. The film speaks with locals, governmental authorities and NGOs to trace the devastating effects that India’s rapidly increasing greed for coal has on the people and the environment.

We’re not going to say much more, but we strongly recommend that you watch it.

The film’s score feature original compositions by New Delhi based musician Frame/Frame and experimental German duo 4.og (Martin Gehrmann and Dominic Korb).

‘I’ve used Nikhil’s music in the past for other projects, and I’ve always appreciated his ability to create a strong sense of space and atmosphere. For this film, we worked together to create a track that scores one of the film’s most powerful sequences - a haunting interview at night filmed by firelight. We went back and forth a few times, but Nikhil nailed the mood and intensity for that part with a rising synth. It really holds that part of the film together.' – Vikram Singh

Singh and Fabian’s previous films for AJ+ - Toxic Legacy and Deadly Medicine - features music by Lifafa (Suryakant Sawhney’s solo project), Tritha Electric as well as 4.og. Watch 'India's Coal Rush' below in its entirety:


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