"Screening Caste" Screening of films from Dalit perspectives
Commission on Dalits, National Council of Churches in India
In partnership with
Venue: CDC Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala
As part of the intervention of the Commission on Dalits in the scenario of the use of newer and effective forms of media in fighting the caste system and the challenges raised against it by the dominant caste society, ‘Papilio Buddha’ and ‘3 D Stereo Caste’ (documentary) were screened for an audience, at the AICUF centre in Trivandrum, Kerala. (pic)
Mr. V. J. George, the chairman of the national Council of Dalit Christians, welcomed the gathering. Rev Sunil Raj Philip presented the concept. Dr Simon John was the moderator of the discussions.
‘3D Stereo caste’, which is a documentary on the caste system that has been prevalent in the arena of music, was screened. The Director of the film, Mr Ajith Kumar was present and he responded to the doubts and criticisms raised by the audience.
‘Papilio Buddha’ was screened in the afternoon. This movie was well received by the audience. The main criticism was that the movies do not maintain the balance between aesthetics and the message they want to convey. Films being an art form should be aesthetically sound even though they put forward a politics.
The audience, who are predominantly Dalit Christians, raised the point that there are many documentaries that portray the plight of the Dalits as a whole. But there is no single movie/documentary is made to portray the specific issues faced by the Dalit Christians. NCCI was challenged by the gathering to take the initiative to make that kind of a documentary, which exclusively talks about the issues and discriminations faced by the Dalits Christians in India.
Ms Ashey Thomas, Director of the Dr M M Thomas Study centre gave the vote of thanks.
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip,