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A H I M S A   :   C O M P A S S I O N   F O R   A L L   L I F E
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As our human population continues to grow and expand across the globe it becomes increasingly difficult to observe strong affiliations between humans and nature. Though in one of the most populated countries in the world, India, one such connection exists and it is all because of the predominant religion, Hinduism.


AHIMSA explores the extraordinary relationships between humans and animals that occur throughout India, due to reverence. In Hinduism: animals viewed by the rest of the world as vermin are considered family, species thriving and causing havoc in busy cities are treated like kings and whole communities have become conservationists in order to respect their religious principles. However, in some situations, reverence is causing more harm than good.


Can the rest of the world learn anything from Hinduism about how the natural world should be perceived and treated as it becomes increasingly threatened?

The Team

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Ralph Woollcombe

Director / Producer

Science and animal behaviour has guided Ralph through his studies. With a BSc in biology and an MA in directing and producing science and natural history, he is now working in the industry on some the most exciting and spectacular blue-chip series to date.

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Amy Pettipher


Amy has edited a number of fiction and documentary shorts and music promos, as well as brand films for O2, Reuters and IBM. Recent credits include a short film commissioned by the Helen Bamber Foundation highlighting the experiences of asylum seekers detained in the UK.


Jose Pablo Ramirez

Sound Designer

With four years of professional experience working as a Sound Editor and Audio Implementing, Jose continually demonstrates his creative versatility on a wide range of high-quality projects in many genres. Films he has worked on have premiered at Sundance and Edinburgh International Film Festivals and screened on national TV networks.


Rachael Philip


Rachael is a UK-based composer specialised in scoring for screen. Most recently Rachael graduated from the National Film and Television School with an MA in Composing for Film and Television and has worked on numerous award-winning and award-nominated films and commercials as well as documentaries and games. Formerly she studied Music and Popular Music at the University of Liverpool specialising in composition and music technology and has a background in performance of cello and guitar.


Liz Glennard


Liz's love for dark rooms and image processing began at photography A level, where she discovered through analogue practices the expansive possibilities of image manipulation. She studied Art History at SOAS, co-founded and still runs an arts/music venue in Hanoi, and worked as a VJ and Photographer. Reinvigorated by the shift to digital, Liz has trained as a colourist at NFTS. Baselight, Resolve and Nucoda her weapons. Story, mood and emotion her game.

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