[act-ma] Screening of Jai Bhim Comrade and discussion with Anand Patwardhan

Paul Malachi Penchalapadu paul.malachi at gmail.com
Wed Sep 19 22:57:10 PDT 2012

Screening of *Jai Bhim Comrade* and discussion with Anand Patwardhan

*About the film:*
For thousands of years, India's Dalits were abhorred as "untouchables" and
denied education. By 1923, Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo and fought for
the emancipation of his people. He drafted India's Constitution, led his
followers to discard Hinduism for Buddhism. His legend still spreads
through poetry and song.

In 1997, a statue of Dr. Ambedkar in a Dalit colony in Mumbai was
desecrated with footwear. As angry rsidents gathered, police opened fire
killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet, hung himself in protest.

*Jai Bhim Comrade*, shot over 14 years, follows the poetry and music of
people like Vilas and marks a subaltern tradition of reason that has, from
the days of the Buddha, fought superstition and religious bigotry.

*About the filmmaker:*
Anand Patwardhan has been making investigative documentaries in India for
over four decades. His films have often faced State censorship and the
wrath of religious fundamentalists.
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