Uma’s story of transforming a scuba diver inspired independent filmmaker Priya Thuvassery and she made a 52-minute documentary film called Coral Woman.
The film has traveled through film festivals and has been widely recognized for the powerful narrative and notoriety it has generated. Priya met Anupama Mandloi at Good Pitch India in March 2020, where the latter joined Priya as an impact producer with the specific purpose of strengthening engagement with youth regarding the urgent need for marine conservation and coral rehabilitation. .
As part of their project, the team designed an illustrated children’s book called Coral Woman.
“The book is the starting point of our Impact project. Coral Woman is an illustrated children’s book aimed at raising awareness of the importance of coral reefs and the very real danger they face, supporting the marine ecosystem and raising awareness among the young players on our planet – children. Coral Woman was conceptualized around the short film of the same name by director Priya Thuvassery and is the story of Uma Mani – a story as inspiring as the lady herself. It’s about a 50-year-old housewife who finds the courage to do something as unexpected and intimidating as diving into the deep waters to see the corals that fascinate her. It is also the most current story of India’s coral reefs and the urgent need to preserve them, their impact on marine life and the coastal communities they support, ”Anupama Mandloi told DT Next. The book was written by Lubaina Bandukwala and the illustration is done by Sanket Pethkar. The book will officially be released on October 29.