A couple of years ago we explored the issue of debt bondage in the context of the unprecedented number of farmer suicides in northern India (nearly 200,000!) The film "Nero's Guests" took its title from those guests who attended the decadent feasts of the Roman emperor where human slaves were set afire to provide illumination. It pointedly inquired into the moral culpability of those who remain indifferent in the face of such brutal injustice. Here is a further look at those left behind in the wake of this largely unheralded tragedy. Will we be as acquiescent as Nero's guests?
Harvest of Grief A film screening and discussion with Amrita Basu
Barnard College Research on Women
Room 504, The Diana Center
Harvest of Grief, a 66-minute documentary, chronicles the stories of those left behind in the wake of an epidemic of farmer suicides sweeping the north Indian state of Punjab. Created by Rasil Basu and Ekatra, a non-profit devoted to supporting marginalized women and their families, the film reveals complicated dynamics of gender, economics, and sustainability in the wake of economic liberalization and globalization.
Watch the trailer: Harvest of Grief
Amrita Basu, daughter of the filmmaker and Professor of Political Science and Women and Gender Studies at Amherst College, will offer an introduction to the film and will participate in a discussion following the screening.
This event is part of BCRW’s Transnational Feminisms Initiative.