Thursday, February 17, 2011

'The Die is Caste' screening in Bangalore - 18th Feb 2011

Bangalore International Centre presents

"The Die is Caste"

Directed by Mr. Ranjan Kamath

Duration of film: 83 minutes

Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

Mr. Ranjan Kamath, Director will be present to interact with the audience after the screening.

Date: Friday, 18th February, 2011 at 6.00 p.m.

Tea will be served at 5:30 pm

About the film:

‘The Die is Caste' is an appraisal of three decades of the Naxalite (extreme left) movement in the state of Bihar, in eastern India. It examines the role of Naxalites (e.g. Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninst) Liberation, People's War Group and Maoist Communist Centre) as agents of socio-political change, employing violence.

Against the backdrop of Parliamentary and Legislative Assembly elections in Bihar, between 1999-2001, the film portrays the change - over 30 years - in social and political status of the Scheduled Castes (i.e. the lower castes including the Dalits or "Untouchables"); the benefits accruing to the middle castes engineered by the Mandal Commission and the emergence of Laloo Yadav and the consequent violent backlash from the upper-caste landlord militias like the Ranvir Sena.

‘The Die is Caste' is thus an exploration of caste dynamics in Bihar and raises the question as to whether any benefit has accrued to the Schedule Castes or are they mere pawns on the political chessboard.

Excerpt from the documentary " The Die Is Caste"

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