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What Marxist-Ambedkarite-Periyarite environmentalism would look like
Advocate Vetriselvan, associated with the anti-nuclear Koodankulam struggle, talks about Periyar’s thinking on the alienating and stifling effect of caste, religion and nationalism on society and Ambedkar’s idea of democratic urbanization and mechanization
Film ‘Origin’ effectively conveys the lived experiences of discrimination and oppression
Unlike many Indian filmmakers who resort to the convenient excuse of ‘unavailable suitable actors’ to justify casting ‘upper-caste’ actors in Dalit roles, Ava DuVernay takes a different path, one paved with genuine effort and respect...
Films of 2023: Some (social) reality check amid a generous helping of patriotism and mythology
The anti-caste films collectively demonstrate the potential of cinema to dismantle harmful stereotypes and reconstruct Dalitbahujan identities. They empower viewers to engage with cinematic representations through a critical 'Bahujan lens’, fostering resistance and asserting self-worth,...
Films of 2023: Unmissable Savarna gaze produces forgettable Dalit characters
The camera then turns to the inner turmoil of Hari Shankar, an 'upper-caste' character, rather than deeply investigating the assertion of the Dalit community, which ultimately finds a way to include Guthlee in the education...
Lasting peace
Please look at Christ, not at human, sinful followers. Yes, misguided missionaries, with all good intentions imposed their...
Champion portrayal of resistance to casteism in the short film ‘Champaran Mutton’
Through its linguistic choices and innovative narrative structure, the film deftly captures the essence of a marginalized community...
The film ‘Chaityabhumi’ captures what Ambedkar means to an Ambedkarite
Somnath Waghmare’s unique perspective and innovative storytelling through ordinary-yet-extraordinary Ambedkarite people and their music make the documentary film...
‘Kushi’: Happiness in the upper-caste bubble
In this film, a ritual symbolic of brahmanical supremacy trumps science and a rationalist comes to terms with...
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