7. Jawai: The Land of Leopards

A film by Katya Ignatiev

People have lived in Jawai for hundreds of years, but the untold secret about this specific community is that here they share their land with leopards. Are they intruding on each other’s territory? Is there a rift between man and this predatory species? In this story we dive deep into the life of a single Rabari shepherd. He believes there is religious significance when a member of his livestock is taken; a small sacrifice made for a harmonious and respectful coexistence. However, are both fates of the Rabari community and the Jawai leopards equally threatened by an adjusting modern world?