A must read from http://everydayadventuresasia.wordpress.com/ about what it took to produce and show a politically charged movie about Dalits (untouchables) in India. Anand, the filmmaker and his friend (the author’s partner) were determined to show the movie publicly, without paying any bribes, and were able to finally accomplish that. Check out the movie because it won several awards in the international circles already!
I’ve shared how there seems to be a subtle shift in India… a frustration with crippling corruption and ridiculous red tape of bureaucracy… and a will to see tangible change. So when a friend – Anand Patwardhan, well-known activist and documentary filmmaker – approached my partner for help organizing a public showing of his politically charged film “Jai Bhim Comrade” (naturally with no budget!), my partner was undaunted and determined.
He was also very clear:
- If he could get all the permissions needed through sincere effort and above-board application process, duly providing legitimate documentation for requirements, he would go ahead with the event.
- If one single hand reached out for money to line their personal pockets, he would not only halt the process immediately, he would make a very loud and public stink too!
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