Barnard College: Film Screening of "Jai Bhim Comrade" & Discussion with Director
Bhim Comrade (2011, 198
Followed by a discussion with director Anand Patwardhan
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute and the Film Department, School of the Arts
Introduction by Rachel Fell McDermott, Professor and Chair of the Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures Department
Fourteen years in the making, Anand Patwardhan's documentary tells a story of Dalit and communal politics in Maharashtra, and the ongoing struggles of Dalits for justice and equality. When a statue of B. R. Ambedkar in Mumbai's Ramabai colony was desecrated in 1997, angry crowds gathered, and the police opened fire, killing ten unarmed persons, all of them from the Dalit community. Vilas Ghogre, an activist, poet and singer, who witnessed the events, later hung himself in despair. Jai Bhim Comrade traces the decade-long story of the protest through the poetry and music of Ghogre and others. Jai Bhim Comrade was named Best Film at both
the Mumbai International Film Festival and Film South Asia, Katmandu, Nepal, and received the Firebird Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Anand Patwardhan earned a B.A. in English Literature from Bombay University, a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University, and a Master's degree in Communications from McGill University. He has been making
award-winning political documentaries for nearly three decades, pursuing diverse and controversial issues that illuminate social and political life in India. Many of his films were at one time or another banned by
state television channels in India and became the subject of litigation by Patwardhan who successfully challenged the censorship rulings in court. His film War and Peace/Jang aur Aman (2002) received a Best Documentary award from the National Film Awards of India in 2004, as well as top prizes at film festivals in Karachi, Kerala, Mumbai, Sydney, Tokyo, and Zanzibar.
Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first seated basis.
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Julius S. Held Lecture Hall, Room 304, Barnard Hall
Enter Barnard College campus at 117th Street and Broadway