‘India Untouched’ film to be screened in Mumbai

16May07

‘India Untouched!- Stories of a People Apart’ will exclusively screened in Mumbai, Hurry up!!  The filmmaker will be present for discussion.

Day : Friday 25th May | Time: 6.30 pm

Venue:  Bhupesh Gupta Bhawan, 85 Sayani Rd, Prabhadevi (diagonally across
from Rabindra Natya Mandir)

Film Name: INDIA UNTOUCHED- Stories of a People Apart

110 minutes. Hindi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalm with English sub-titles; Directed by Stalin K., Produced by Drishti, Presented by Navsarjan

A Message:

“INDIA UNTOUCHED-Stories of a People Apart” is perhaps the most comprehensive look at Untouchability ever undertaken on film. Director Stalin K. spent four years traveling the length and breadth of the country to expose the continued oppression of ‘Dalits,’ the ‘broken people’ who suffer under a 4000 year-old religious system.
The film introduces leading Benares scholars who interpret Hindu scriptures to mean that Dalits ‘have no right’ to education, and Rajput farmers who proudly proclaim that no Dalit may sit in theirpresence, and that the police must seek their permission before
pursuing cases of atrocities.  The film captures many ‘firsts-on-film,’ such as Dalits being forced to dismount from their cycles and remove their shoes when in the upper caste part of the village.  It exposes the continuation of caste practices and Untouchability in Sikhism, Christianity and Islam, and even amongst  the communists in Kerala.

 Dalits themselves are not let off the hook within Dalits, sub-castes practice. Untouchability on the ‘lower’ sub-castes, and a Harijan boy refuses to drink water from a Valmiki boy. The viewer hears that Untouchability is an urban phenomenon as well, inflicted upon a leading medical surgeon and in such hallowed institutions as JNU, where a Brahmin boy builds a partition so as not to look upon his Dalit roommate in the early morning. A section on how newspaper matrimonial columns are divided according to caste presents urban Indians with an uncomfortable truth: marriage is the leading perpetuator of caste in India. But the film highlights signs of hope, too: the powerful tradition of Dalit drumming is used to call people  to the struggle, and a young Dalit girl holds her head high after pulling water from her village well for the first time in her life.

Spanning eight states and four religions, this film will make it impossible for anyone to deny that Untouchability continues to be practiced in India.

Directed by Stalin K: Stalin K. is a human rights activist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. In recent years, he has become known for his pioneering ‘participatory media’ work with urban and rural communities, in which local people produce their own videos and radio programs as an empowerment tool.  He is the Co-Founder of DRISHTI- Media, Arts and Human Rights, Convener of the Community Radio Forum-India, and the India Director of Video Volunteers.  He is a renowned public speaker and has lectured or taught at over 20 institutions ranging from the National Institute of Design and the  Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India, to New York University and Stanford and Berkeley in the US.

‘INDIA UNTOUCHED’ is Stalin’s second film on the issue of caste—his earlier film ‘Lesser Humans,’ on manual scavenging, won the Silver  Conch at the Mumbai International Film Festival and the Excellence Award at Earth Vision Film Festival, Tokyo, and helped to bring international attention to the issue of caste.

Produced by DRISHTI-Media, Arts and Human Rights: DRISHTI is a leading media and human rights organization in India, with program areas of community radio, campaign design, documentary filmmaking, street theatre, participatory video, community arts and youth activism. Drishti has produced  30 films on development issues, designed over a
dozen rights-based campaigns, and conducted over 300 training workshops with more than 100 NGOs. Drishti’s films are used by more than 5000 groups around the world, and the organization is a leading proponent of community radio, having set up one of the most renowned and successful community radio programs in the country.

Presented by Navsarjan Trust: Navsarjan Trust, a leading Dalit human rights organization, works in over 3000 villages in Gujarat.  Its mission is to eradicate Untouchability through legal remedies and struggles against forced occupations such as manual scavenging, and by ensuring Dalits’ access to education and livelihood.  Navsarjan’s
Founder, Martin Macwan, was the recipient of the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Human Rights.  He has led the Dalitstruggle at an international level as the Convener of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, when he led a delegation of 200 Dalit activists to the World Conference against Racism in South Africa.

Message from:
Stalin K.
Co-founder & Director
DRISHTI – Media, Arts & Human Rights
103, Anand Hari Tower
Bodakdev, Ahmedabad 380054
TEL: +91-79-2685 1235 and 6661 4235
www.drishtimedia.org



One Response to “‘India Untouched’ film to be screened in Mumbai”

  1. nice blog


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