Fri, October 12, 2007 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Indie-India in association with 3rd I NY & Alwan for the Arts Present
A Fundraising Screening & Discussion of Swaraj / The Little Republic
Swaraj / The Little Republic is produced by Institute of Social Sciences in India and deals with the socio-political struggle of four women from lower caste in a small village in India. Funds from this event will support the Institute of Social Sciences and for the family of the Dhoola Ratnam, a lower caste woman panchayat (village council) member from Andhra Pradesh who along with her grandson was burned in her sleep in retaliation for exposing on-going corruption. For more info on the death of Dhulla Ratnam: http://news.oneindia.mobi/2007/08/03/405941.html
SWARAJ / THE LITTLE REPUBLIC (Anwar Jamal, India, 2002, 90 min) The film is about a small village community in Rajasthan, India, where not only the low castes but even the women have little say in the affairs of the village. Four strong-willed women come forward through the democratically elected panchayats (village councils) to change the way their lives are run by the patriarchs of the community. It is a microcosm of democratic process, a parable for the world today.
This film is produced by Indian Institute of Social Sciences and directed by talented director, Anwar Jamal. It has been shot entirely on location in a remote village in the state of Rajasthan. It is inspired by the real life story of Leelavati, the elected Municipal Councilor of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
The film has been screened at Palm Springs International Film Fest, Montreal World Film Festival, and won the One Future Prize at Munich Film Festival.
Indie-India is committed to promoting aesthetically rich and meaningful cinema. Delivering the best selection of independent film from India, our diverse catalog includes award-winning art house films, best of regional films, shorts and documentaries. www.indie-india.net
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