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SPITI

STORYTELLING EXPEDITION

Explorations designed to learn the art of

impact photography & documentary filmmaking

12 Storytellers x 8 Days

* Only 10 spots left

Dates:

17 - 24 August

Destination:

The Program:

The Impact Storytelling Expedition is a documentary journey designed to learn the art of effectively communicating issues and solutions related to climate, the environment, communities, cultures, and co-existence, via the medium of photography and filmmaking.

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A DOCUMENTARY 
FILMMAKING EXPEDITION

Discover tales of resilience and change, document local issues, learn from masters & experts and collaborate with a collective of storytellers, keen on preserving our lasting stories.

The camp is specifically designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about building relevant narratives and telling stories to help spread awareness and create a meaningful impact on our society.

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Experience Snapshot

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DAY 1

Meet the collective at Chandigarh & head to Manali. Kickstart with personal & mentor introductions & evening inspirations.

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DAY 3

A day to acclimatize and initiations/orientations into the landscape, culture and storytelling with our mentor and a local NGO.

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DAY 5

A day to spend at Demul on the fields, exploring cultural systems, art & artisans, farming practices and conservation.

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DAY 7

Head to Manali. A day to finish collaborative projects and present your first 180 SEC FILM SHOWCASE, ending with a celebratory dinner with the collective.

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DAY 2

Traverse through the ever-changing landscapes and mountain passes to reach Kaza. Check-in to your hotel in Kaza and rest for the day.

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DAY 4

Head to Demul for a community exchange program where we spend the next 2 days documenting local life and co-existing narratives.

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DAY 6

Mentorship sessions over final productions, editing and perspective sharing with peer to finalize the films & projects

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DAY 8

Head out with a renewed perspective to sharing your narratives with the world.

Fostering the art of Impact Storytelling

Creating awareness about impact is the need of the hour, and one effective medium of doing this is through visual communication tools like photography and filmmaking. Films and photographs have the ability to engage us both emotionally as well as socially.

By incorporating impact and relevant social themes into films, there is potential for the creation of a new dimension to the spread of scientific ideas by sparkling citizen interest and simultaneously inspiring audiences to further engage in broader discussions on the issue itself. 

Program Snapshot

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Climate Change: Deconstructing issues of climate change through impact driven visual communication

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Community interactions: The journey will expose you to cultures and communities that co-exist at such landscapes

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Fundamentals of Impact Photography & Documentary Filmmaking: From concept to final conceptualization. Get acquainted with the stages of production

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The Art of Editing: From raw files to the final product, a lot of things happen on an edit table.

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Media Pitch: Here we discover an impactful project to submit your 1st 180 SEC showreel/photo story

Mentor on Board

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Rakesh Rao

Science Filmmaker & Photographer

A photographer, filmmaker and a science enthusiast who specializes in documenting scientific expeditions and research activities. He has been involved in several projects with his work taking him to the three Cryospheric polar regions of our planet (Arctic, Antarctic and the Himalayas) making him amongst the few documentary film makers to do so. His recent film “The Climate Challenge” won the Best Science Film award at the International Science Film Festival of India.

His work has been published in the book “90 Degrees South” and several of his photographs have been a part of international photo exhibitions, including the “Sur polar IV” held in Argentina in 2012, and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) open science congress meeting held in Portland, USA . He has contributed for several newspapers, digital publications, magazines including National Geographic Travelers India, Sky and Telescope and several others. His works has been featured in several magazines that includes Smart Photography, Goa Today, Timeline Goa and a number of online platforms the likes of The Better India and TheVIBE. 

What to expect?

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Curated Interactions

If storytelling is your thing, join this community of explorers, photographers, filmmakers, writers and storytellers, discover unseen & untold stories, gain insights by renowned professionals, exchange traditional knowledge, indulge in authentic explorations, meet local thought leaders and co-create magic on this journey of endless possibilities. 

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Documentary (Field Visits)

Find your niche in Impact Storytelling by exchanging knowledge with local leaders, meeting a resonating tribe and opening doors to potential collaborations with thought provoking storytellers. Curated with thought, the expedition is an immersive and authentic experience of workshops, film screenings, discussions and a mix of untold explorations & mentorship guidance from professionals on the art of impact storytelling. 

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Personal Mentorship

A one-of-a-kind experience with exposure to the leading minds in the field, our trip is heroed by renowned storytellers who will guide you to open your minds to diverse forms of storytelling & leadership. Join a National Award Winning filmmaker on this quest to document narratives of resilience, climate change and local cultures in extreme environments. 

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Collective Learning

Films and photographs have the ability to engage us both emotionally as well as socially. By incorporating scientific research and relevant themes into films, there is potential for the creation of a new dimension to the spread of scientific ideas by sparkling citizen interest and simultaneously inspiring audiences to further engage in broader discussions on the issue itself.

TRAVEL, INVESTMENTS, FAQ's

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The Stay
Nature Bliss, Manali & Osel Rooms, Kaza, Spiti.

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WHY JOIN THIS COLLECTIVE?

Harness the power of storytelling to shape positive narratives, revive lost legacies and serve as sentinels to voices that need attention.

Break away from travel companies, and discover curated explorations to gain insights and knowledge about nature, climate, cultures & traditions that co-exist.

For a creative mix of travel and storytelling, meaningful conversations and break-through sessions designed to share perspectives

Meet a collective that aims to build collective awareness and drive social change toward the dire issues of our times, by means of storytelling and leadership actions that range across the niches of exploration, travel, writing, climate research, nature studies, scientific expeditions, photography and filmmaking and more.

Explore the art of impact storytelling by discovering untold narratives that intertwine with social impact, art, environmental conservation, climate actions and restoration of lost legacies.

Authentic and inspiring storytelling through the lens of local leaders, social entrepreneurs, natural history storytellers, communities and educators, leading the way.

We take travel seriously, as means to create livelihood, foster impact storytelling and build a conscious collective that aims to leave a positive imprint, using skill and knowledge exchange.

Joined by a collective of creative change-makers

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Oishimaya Sen 

Conservation Writer

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Johann Binny Kuruvilla

Storyteller - Kochi Heritage Project

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Amit Srivastava 

Author & Travel Photographer

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Pubarun Basu

Forbes 30 under 30 Photographer

Akshay Bapat 

Documentary Filmmaker

Kavya Narayanan

Biologist & Science Journalist

EDITIONS COVERED

SPITI | PANNA | RAJASTHAN | GOA | ODISHA

SRI LANKA | SIKKIM