The Forest Man of India

At the age of 17, Jadav Payeng started to grow trees on barren land. Many challenging years later a jungle of 1200 hectares has grown out of this idea. This is a story of passion and perseverance and how an individual can change the course of nature.

Director Ankur Didwania

»THE FOREST MAN OF INDIA is about one individual and how his story can be an inspiration for all, since the answers to today’s dilemmas lie in the efforts of every individual and how these efforts can culminate into a change.«

Julia Balogh, weltwärts volunteer

»Is an individual really able to cause change? This film is for those, who are in doubt. The story about the afforestation of an entire jungle by Jadav Payeng is proof that everybody has the ability to change something. This is the message I want to pass on.«

Film information


India 2013

Color, 7:55 min.

Assamese/Hindi with English or German subtitles

Crew / Cast

Director: Ankur Didwania

Camera: Hardutt Trivedi

Editor: Mehul Patel

Music: Akash Shah

Executive Producers: Alexander Pfeuffer, Frank Domhan

Info Ankur Didwania

Ankur Didwania

Ankur Didwania worked on more than 80 documentaries for various non-profit organizations across India. For over five years he has been creating media and tools in the field of development communication.