A FESTIVAL OF INDIAN ACTIVIST FILMS
15-17 Rampart Street, London E1 2LA
The rampART Creative Centre in East London is hosting a week long festival of contemporary documentary films from India. Grouped around themes of social and political issues, made by accomplished and dedicated filmmakers, this festival brings to London audiences documentaries that are rarely seen, inside or outside India, with the intention of creating spaces for debate. Disturbing, impassioned, humorous, inspiring and controversial, these films provide a glimpse into some of the most difficult challenges facing Indian society.
The festival runs over 6 days, from Monday 10th January to Saturday 16th January.
On Tuesday 11th Lesser Humans looks at India's caste system through the lives of manual scavengers in Gujarat and The Die Is Caste examines how violence rooted in caste conflict has led to the emergence of radical left wing groups in the state of Bihar.
On Wednesday 12th - Burnt But Not Defeated follows the efforts of women across Karnataka, who when attacked with acid, choose to challenge patriarchy at various levels. When Women Unite documents the amazing success of women in Andhra Pradesh who campaigned against the government supply of alcohol to their villages.
On Thursday 13th - Is Small Still Beautiful? The age-old way of life for India's tribal people is vanishing fast, together with their land, as the authorities seek to "consolidate" smallholdings. Development At Gun Point highlights the plight of Adivasis (indigenous people) in Orissa who, faced with forced evictions and violence from the state and the multinational companies, unite to offer fierce resistance.
On Friday 14th The Tales Of Night Fairies - Five sexworkers in Calcutta - four women and one man – provide personal and musical stories about collective organization and prostitution.
On Saturday 15th at 12pm, War And Peace - patriotism and nationalist fervour sweep the country as India gets another nuclear bomb. Buddha Weeps In Jadugada describes the price being paid for India’s nuclear dream by adivasis in the country’s only uranium mining site. Passengers tells how in the years after the massacres in Gujarat, ordinary people struggle to regain normality.
At 8pm, In The Name Of God focuses on the Ayodha dispute – in which a 16th century mosque, that some Hindus claimed was built on the birthplace of the god Ram, was destroyed, sparking nationwide riots that claimed thousands of lives. Gujarat, A Laboratory Of Hindu Rashtra- examines how Muslim villagers faced a backlash of violence and hate against a background of political parties using religion to further their aims.
All films begin at 8pm, except for the midday showing on Saturday 15th. The films will be followed by a public discussion of the issues raised. Entry is free, donations will be welcome.
The rampART Creative Centre and social space is an autonomous community space in East London. Since the summer of 2004, rampART has been hosting cultural and political events, including a community cinema, exhibitions, benefit gigs, discussions, meetings and workshops etc.
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