This is seriously epic and an early start but I think it will be worth it.
Jai Bhim Comrade
Anand Patwardhan (Director)
Date: 23 February 2013
Time: 9:00 AM
Time: 2:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre
Type of Event: Film
9.00 Welcome Refreshments
9:30 Introduction ~ Anand Patwardhan (Director)
10:00-13:00 Film screening ~ Jai Bhim Comrad (India, 2012, 185 mins)
13:00-14:00 Roundtable Discussion & Q&A
For thousands of years India’s Dalits were abhorred as “untouchables” denied education and treated as bonded labour. By 1923 Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won doctorates abroad 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 residents 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 from the days of the Buddha, has fought superstition and religious bigotry.
Admission: This event is free and open to the general public.
Hosted jointly by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, the Centre for South Asian Studies and the Centre for Media and Film Studies at SOAS, University of London
Sukhdev Sandhu - The Guardian
"Legendary director Anand Patwardhan's epic doc about dalit people is a massive, musical, magnificent, masterpiece.... the foremost Indian documentary maker of his generation."
Mark Cousins - Sight & Sound
"Jai Bhim Comrade was screened at Ramabai Nagar on the eve of the nation’s 63rd year as a Republic. For three and a half hours, over fifteen hundred people saw the film on a makeshift screen, many standing through its entire duration."
Best Film, Films South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal
Best Film, Mumbai International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Hong Kong International Film Festival
Bartok Prize, Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Paris, France
Special Jury Award, National Awards, India