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Jai Bhim Comrade
Jai Bhim Comrade (2011)
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  • Director:
    Anand Patwardhan
  • Category:
  • Writer:
    Anand Patwardhan
  • Time:
    3h 19min
  • Year:
    2011
An exploration of caste in India. The documentary begins with the suicide of Vilas Ghogre, a Dalit poet and singer, following the 1997 atrocities against the Dalit community of Ramabai in Maharashtra. It is the culmination of over 14 years of work by Anand Patwardhan.
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Jai Bhim Comrade (2011)
Falya
Falya
I have seen all of Mr. Patwardhan's documentaries. They should be essential viewing for anyone who wants to look beyond 'the official story' put forward by the media and the Indian government i.e.the rich and powerful.

Jai Bhim confronts the dirty reality of the caste system something India hides from the rest of the world. Indians are quick to point out racism against them in other countries when they are guilty of the worst kind of racism and discrimination -violent, brutal and degrading and all this comes down from their 'sacred' but completely sexist,racist Hindu texts.
Tygokasa
Tygokasa
For well over 2000 years India's Dalits were abhorred as "untouchables" denied an education and treated as bonded labor. By 1923 Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won doctorates abroad and returned to India to fight for emancipation of his people. He drafted the Indian Constitution. He led his followers to discard Hinduism for Buddhism. His legend still spreads through poetry and songs.

In 1997 a statue of Dr. Ambedkar in Dalit colony in Mumbai was desecrated with a garland of footwear. As angry residents gathers, police opened fire killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a lefties poet, hung himself in protest.

'Jai Bhim Comrade' shot over 14 years, follows the music and tradition of reason that Vilas had been a part of. Anand Patwardhan has been making investigative documentaries in India for over three decades. His films have often faced State censorship as well as the wrath of religious fundamentalists.