Community Screening of “Jai Bhim Comrade”

Sunday, December 9, 2012
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
North Lecture Hall, PACE UNIVERSITY, 1 Pace Plaza, New York

South Asia Solidarity Initiative in coordination with Ambedkar International Center, Ambedkar International Mission, Begumpura Cultural Association of New York, and 3rd i NY present a free screening:

Jai Bhim Comrade: A documentary by Anand Patwardhan

(India, 195 mins, English/Hindi/Marathi, 2011)

In 1997 police opened fire on unarmed Dalits killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet and singer, hanged himself in protest. Shot over 14 years, the meticulous “Jai Bhim Comrade” follows the music and the tradition of reason that Vilas had been a part of. Anchored in a simple but brutal fact: Dalits have faced caste oppression in India for more than 2,000 years – Jai Bhim Comrade demands a discussion, an interrogation, an evaluation of our collective futures.

Winner of the Best Film award, Mumbai International Film Festival and the Muhr AsiaAfrica / Documentary Special Award at the Dubai Film Festival 2011-12


What the Reviews Say…..

The spectrum is broad indeed — from a proud song describing the Dalit who became a barrister, to those that recount the travails of migrant workers to the city; from lullabies based on the teachings of the Buddha, to naughty qawaalis that celebrated sexuality equally by men and women. Almost each song is juxtaposed with evocative visuals… (The Hindu)

The rousing songs are countered by compromised speeches by Dalit leaders. One idea that the sprawling film most consistently engages with is that Dalit unity has traditionally been a bulwark against the Hindutva politics of the Shiv Sena. (Mumbai TimeOut)

No wonder the state views them as a threat.Resistance and symbols of resistance need to be wiped out like Pochiram Kamble who was killed for uttering the words “Jai Bhim”. Yet the film that documents the recent decades of caste oppression, has found that symbols of joy, hope, perseverance and resistance, always survive, irrespective of thousands of years of oppression. (DNA India)

Documentaries thus serve as a public justice system. The powerful may not be punished for their murders, but those who see the film can see their true face, and remember. (Times of India)

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