Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, a 282 square kilometre wildlife sanctuary in the Lower Dibang district of Arunachal Pradesh is known for both its breathtaking natural beauty as well as the man-made challenges. Recently, a young filmmaker named Anoko Mega Miso from Roing showcased Mehao in his documentary called ‘Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary’ which has been nominated in the CMS Vatavaran Festival this year.
Speaking about his film in an exclusive conversation with Eclectic Northeast, Anoko says the prime motto behind making this film is to create awareness about conservation of nature among the local people. Talking about what led to the film, he says, ‘ Well, I did this as part of an internship project. There is an organization called Greenhub which select 20 students from Northeast for fellowships. I was among the first batch of students from Northeast to get that fellowship in 2015-16.’
When asked about his reason to make a film on Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Anoko says, ‘Well, the main reason was that I was familiar with the place. It is near my home and as a local I got lot of help from locals as well as the forest officials. I spoke to the DFO before starting the project. Wildlife department helped me a lot.’
The sanctuary has become an attraction for the tourists lately, which Anoko attributes to more than 200 species of bird available there. However, there is also the looming threat of poachers which threatens to wipe out some sheen from the beautiful landscapes of Mehao. Anoko has focused on this aspect in his film as well.
‘Most of the people here hunt for self-consumption but this is leading to a decline in the population in certain species. I am trying to spread awareness among the villagers on the importance of protecting the biodiversity. I have screened this documentary in various villages near the forest to press my message. I am happy that I have got a positive response from people in my endeavours’ he said.
Regarding his plans for the future, he says that he wants to continue making films on biodiversity. ‘ For now, I want to make more films on Arunachal Pradesh. Later, I want to expand to other areas of Northeast as well. This will be my way of fighting for nature, with my camera.’