The first documentary I made single handedly over 4 years, Amazons in Saris, has been selected for an exhibition - Working Practices: a collaboration with Clark House Initiative in Mumbai - at the Showroom Gallery, London.
It is rare for Dalit politics to be featured in an exhibition. I thank the artists and curators from Clark House Initiative and The Showroom who highlighted the themes of caste, class and Blackness drawing on the connections between the British Black Arts movement and Indian contemporary art.
Amazons in Saris depicts, in all its horrors, the daily life of millions of Dalits, a community of people, previously called “Untouchables” in Bihar, India. Corruption, violence and death highlight the tragic reality of the Dalits, a population of approximately 200 millions, who have no means of escaping their condition.
Amazons in Saris denounces the caste system as one of the worst kind of “apartheid” in the world.
For the first tine in Indian history, Dalit women are rebelling against oppression and violence by using weapons to protect themselves and their families. The film follows the filmmaker on her search for these women in Bihar.
The film is a tribute to the courage and determination of the Dalits who fight against a 3,000 year old oppressive regime to regain their basic human right to life.