Indian Documentary ‘Black Sand’ Qualifies For Oscars 2021, One Out Of The 114 Movies In The Documentary Short Category

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Oscars 2021 has been garnering all the buzz and for right reasons. There are several Indian contenders in the line and hopefully, we will have more to talk about soon. In fact, there’s already an addition; Indian documentary Black Sand has qualified for 2021 Oscar awards under the Documentary Short Category section. According to Business Insider, the documentary which highlights the ill-effects and irreparable damage caused by sand mining at Alappad in Kollam district, Kerala, is one of the 114 movies that got selected into the category.
The film also documents the lives of the inhabitants who have lost their lands and homes to the horror that is mining. It is directed by Sohan Roy who is a marine professional based in the UAE. Roy had also directed Hollywood film DAM 999 which contended for the 2011 Oscars and received five selections in three categories. is produced by Abhini Sohan Roy under the banner of Aries telecasting Pvt. Ltd. Reportedly, Black Sand has also got official selection at the Rajasthan International Film Festival 2021 scheduled for March 20-24 at Jaipur.
Earlier, Malayalam film Jallikattu was selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2021. It was supposed to compete in the Best International Feature Film category, but unfortunately Lijo Jose Pellissery’s didn’t make the cut. Suriya starrer Tamil film Soorarai Pottru which is directed by Sudha Kongara however, is still in the running. Not to mention, Bittu which has been shortlisted for Live Action Short Film. Directed by Karishma Dev Dube and is presented by Indian Women Rising (IWR), a cinema collective that was recently formed by filmmakers Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga, Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, and Ruchika Kapoor.
Meanwhile, these films will have to compete and make it to the final nominations for the Academy Awards which will be announced on March 15. Also, the 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25 and will be televised live on ABC.

Source: Mashable