Film southasia

"Festival of southasian documentries"

Jai Bhim Comrade

Directed by Anand Patwardhan | |

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In 1997, the police shot dead 10 unarmed Dalits in Mumbai.  Vilas Ghogre, a poet and musician hung himself in protest.  This film covers that moment and goes on to explore events that unfolded in the aftermath.  Shot over 14 years, it is an overview of Indian history seen through the prism of caste and class.

[director]Anand Patwardhan has been making political documentaries for nearly three decades, pursuing diverse and controversial issues that are at the crux of social and political life in India. Many of his films were at one time or another banned by state television channels in India and became the subject of litigation by Patwardhan, who successfully challenged the censorship rulings in court. In recent years, Patwardhan has been active in movements for housing rights of the urban poor, for communal harmony and participated in movements against unjust, unsustainable development, militarism and nuclear nationalism.[/director]

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