An activist and his films: Remembering Saratchandran, 8 May


Documentary film maker, C. Saratchandran died in a train accident in Kerala on March 31 2010. Friends, colleagues and film makers are organising a one day retrospective of his films on May 8, 2010 across India.

Sarat’s films portray the trajectory of some of the key people’s resistance movements in Kerala. (For more on Sarat’s life and films see: http://www.saratchandran.com)

In Delhi we will screen two such films. Friends will speak about his films and the issues he highlighted with his camera.

Join us to remember Sarat and his work.

Programme
Activism and Films:
Speakers include Professor A K Ramakrishnan, Vijayan MJ, Aanchal Kapur and Sanjay Kak

Screenings:

The Bitter Drink (2003)
26 mins/ English
This film documents the formative days of a David and Goliath battle. The people of Plachimada (in Kerala), a majority of them tribals, launched a struggle against one of the most powerful corporations in the world - the Coca Cola Company.

To die for land – the ultimate sacrifice (2009)
30 mins/English subtitles
This film captures the dalit-adivasi land reclamation struggle in Chengara, Kerala. Located in Pathanamthitta district, Chengara is witness to the occupation, by some 5000 dalit-adivasi families, of over 2000 acres of land illegally claimed by the Harrison Malayalam Company Ltd. For the people who took over this commercial rubber plantation, the occupation is a defiant way to highlight their situation - over the years, plantation companies in collusion with state agencies have ensured that dalits and adivasis are now alienated from their ancestral homes.

Organised by:
Delhi Film Archive, Kriti Film Club and friends.

Contact:
Delhi Film Archive: Saba Dewan – delhifilmarchive@gmail.com
Kriti Film Club: Aanchal Kapur – 26027845/ space.kriti@gmail.com

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