IN SEARCH OF SOCIAL JUSTICE: Documentary Activism and the Films of Anand Patwardhan

IN SEARCH OF SOCIAL JUSTICE: Documentary Activism and the Films of Anand Patwardhan

Anand Patwardhan has been engaging in the struggle for social justice through political documentary filmmaking for nearly three decades. In this forum with the filmmaker we will screen and discuss Patwardhan’s major work of the last two decades that focuses on three main questions: militarism and nuclear proliferation, the ideology of Hindu nationalism, and in his new film Jhai Bhim Comrade  (2012, 180 mins.), on the Dalit struggle for social justice. The forum will conclude with a round table and extended conversation with Anand Patwardhan about his work. Panelists:  Arvind Rajagopal (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU);  Arjun Appadurai (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU);  David Ludden (History, NYU); in discussion with filmmaker  Anand Patwardhan.


Thursday March 14th and Friday March 15th


Thur March 14th 


Nuclear Proliferation

Ribbons for Peace, 1998, 5mins. An anti-nuke music video.

Jang Aur Aman (War and Peace), 2002, 148m. Examines the politics of nuclear proliferation between India and Pakistan.

Friday March 15th

9:00AM: Hindu Nationalism

We are not your Monkeys, 1993, 5 min. A left/Dalit critique of the Ramayana through a music video &  Ram ke Nam (In the Name of God), 1992, 75 min. On the rise of Hindu  Nationalism and the demolition of the Babri Mosque.

10.45am-11am Coffee break

11.00 am: Pitr, Putr aur Dharmayuddha (Father, Son, and Holy War), 1995, 120 min. Explores the patriarchal roots of Hindu Nationalism and communal violence in India.

1.30pm-2.30pm Lunch

2.30 pm: The Dalit Struggle for Social Justice

Jai Bhim Comrade, 2011, 199min. Explores the struggle for social justice among Dalits after the killing of 10 Dalits by police in Mumbai 1997.

6.45pm-8.00pm Dinner Break

8.00 pm: Round Table - Documentary filmmaking and Social Justice. 

In conversation with filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, with Arjun Appaduri (Media, Culture, and Communication), Arvind Ragagopal (Media, Culture, and Communication), David Ludden (History), Kanchan Chandra (Politics)

Chair: Richard Allen (Cinema Studies)

Co-sponsors: NYU Departments of Cinema Studies; English; Media, Culture, and Communication, South Asia@NYU and the Dean of Humanities, FAS.

photo credit: still from the film, Jhai Bhim Comrade

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