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Jai Bhim Comrade

  • Director(s):
    Anand Patwardhan
    Producer(s):
    Anand Patwardhan
    • India
    • 2011
    • 182 min
    • Digi Beta PAL
    • Marathi, English, Hindi

A 14-year labour of will, Jai Bhim Comrade is an epic eye-opener for those who are unfamiliar with India's severe caste discrimination. Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan prologues with the 1997 Ramabai Colony shootings that killed 10 Dalits - the oppressed, or "untouchables" - and proceeds to illuminate the socially destructive stratification that has existed for over 2,000 years. Meandering through the dusty alleys of Ramabai and the Maharashtra villages, songs of "upliftment" and lament are being passed on to younger generations, urging them to continue the struggle for dignity. Dalits sing to recall their heroes past - most notably the political leader Bhimrao Ambedkar - and to hope for a better future. In an ominous turn, his teachings are being deceptively subverted by casteist, vote-hungry politicians as dissenting Dalit voices are repressed. Times definitely look bleak, but Jai Bhim is meant to incite and outrage - and it does so with eloquence.

Strands

Official Website:
www.patwardhan.com
Festivals:
Film South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal 2011, Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai, India 2012
Awards:
Best Film, Film South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal
Best Film, Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai, India
Best Documentary, Hong Kong International Film Festival

Credits

Director Filmography

  • 2002, War and Peace (Jang Aur Aman)
  • 1996, A Narmada Diary
  • 1995, Father, Son and Holy War (Pitr, Putr anur Dharmayudh)
  • 1992, In the name of God (Ram ke Naam)
  • 1985, Bombay Our City (Humara Shaher)

Contact

Anand Patwardhan

Filmmaker

anandpat@gmail.com

+91 2224143782

www.patwardhan.com