My name is Jyoti Nisha. I am an independent Bahujan Writer/Documentary Filmmaker based in Mumbai. For the last two and half years I have been working on a feature length documentary film, ‘B. R. Ambedkar Now and Then.’ I am writing this to you to share with you a crowd funding campaign of my film. Please contribute to the effort here:
The film ‘B. R. Ambedkar Now and Then’ (BRANT) draws a parallel between Ambedkar’s larger than life fight against an omniscient Brahmanical hegemony during the Indian National movement and the contemporary times in India when his minority status and Constitution are once again becoming a challenge for the Brahamanical intelligentsia. This feature length documentary of 90 minutes argues and explores ideas of religion, revolution, freedom and Indian mythology, touching upon the scheme of caste in Indian politics and academia.
BRANT delves deep into issues such as voice of youth, representation, identity, symbolism, condition of the oppressed and status of women. BRANT juxtaposes Buddha Poornima celebrations at Shravasti, Babasaheb’s birth anniversary, Dhamma Chakra Pavataan at Deeksha Bhoomi, Nagpur and Mahaparinirvana day at Chaitya Bhoomi, Mumbai against very personal, unexplored facets of Babasaheb’s life.
Footage shot over the course of years covers various Dalit-Bahujan protests, marches, and conferences of significance all over India. BRANT features interviews of artists, scholars, professors from Harvard, LSE, JNU, DU, TISS, activists, student leaders, musicians and filmmakers from Bahujan background and otherwise. ‘B. R. Ambedkar Now and Then’ also touches upon the role of the Fourth Estate, the popular Indian media and the politics of its narratives.
There are two Trailers. One in English and other in Hindi & Marathi. Please find the links below.
Looking forward to your support!
About the filmmaker
Jyotinisha is an independent Writer/Filmmaker/Illustrator and Scholar based in Mumbai, India. She is an alumnus of the prestigious, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, and Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Currently she is pursuing MA in Media and Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and making a feature length documentary film on Dr. B. R Ambedkar.