V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Jai Bhim Comrade

V' 12

Jai Bhim Comrade

Anand Patwardhan
Indien, 2011
Documentaries, 182min, OmeU

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Jai Bhim Comrade

Anand Patwardhan
Indien, 2011
Documentaries, 182min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Anand Patwardhan
Sound: 
Simantini Dhuru
Vipin Bhati
P. M. Satheesh
Anand Patwardhan
Camera: 
Anand Patwardhan
Editor: 
Anand Patwardhan
Composer: 
Vilas Ghogre
Sambhaji Bhagat
Vitthal Umap
Anand Shinde
Atmaram Patil
Kabir Kala Manch und andere

Production: 
Anand Patwardhan
World Sales: 
Anand Patwardhan
Format: 
DigiBeta
Color

A 14-year labour of will, JAI BHIM COMRADE is an epic eyeopener for those who are unfamiliar with India’s severe caste discrimination. Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan prologues with the 1997 Ramabai colony shootings that killed ten Dalits – the oppressed, or “untouchables” – and proceeds to illuminate the socially destructive stratification that has existed for over 2,000 years. meandering through the dusty alleys of Ramabai and the Maharashtra villages, songs of “upliftment” and lament are being passed on to younger generations, urging them to continue the struggle for dignity. Dalits sing to recall their heroes past – most notably the political leader Bhimrao Ambedkar – and to hope for a better future. In an ominous turn, his teachings are being deceptively subverted by casteist, vote-hungry politicians as dissenting Dalit voices are repressed. Times definitely look bleak, but JAI BHIM COMRADE is meant to incite and outrage – and it does so with eloquence. (Sheffield Documentary Film Festival)
In the presence of Anand Patwardhan.

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