Renew Oceans is a non-profit organization working to reduce ocean plastic pollution where it begins—in populous, river-adjacent communities in the developing world.
The film highlights the initiatives taken by the NGO to divert 100,000 pounds of ocean-bound plastics in India, empowering local women and others in Varanasi to help protect rivers and oceans from plastic pollution.
This was one of those shoots which was in the middle of summers in India, with heat that was overbearing and torturous. We all mutually decided to finish as much as possible during the early morning hours as most of our filming was outdoors. Despite that, the crew was exhausted by mid-day. It was a strenuous job – purely due to the high temperature of 45 degrees celsius. One would think to get some relief, it would be ideal to just take a jump into the river, but now that we had in-depth knowledge of how polluted it was, we decided to brave the heat. A cold dip in the river had lost its charm!
In the end, our hard work paid off… the film turned out to be one of the best we’d been a part of. Visually and thematically, it was a beautiful representation of what the client had aimed for. All the pain was worth it and eventually, that’s all that matters.