Screening of Project Heartland – Short Films by Pratik Parmar
Venue: Museum of the Moving Image, NYC
Time: Friday, January 24, 7:30 PM
Project Heartland is a collection of short documentary films by director Pratik Parmar telling the stories of Dalit-Bahujan folks across the Indian state of Gujarat, chronicling caste atrocities and acts of superhuman resistance. From the infamous Una flogging incident where seven members of a Dalit family were assaulted by a group of dominant caste vigilantes under the pretext of cow protection, to the frustration and despair of Muslim Bahujan citizens seeking political rights, the series offers a critical lens on what shapes and un-shapes political agency within Gujarat and India as a whole.
This program is presented as the young director prepares his next endeavor, Jal, Jungle, Zameen, a socio-political feature-length documentary that examines the current predicament of Adivasis (indigenous people) in Gujarat, their resistance to illegal land-grabbing, and the displacement caused by dams and the industrial corridor.
Episode 1: What do Muslims of Godhra Expect from Upcoming Gujarat Election?
Episode 2: Plight and Assertion of Valmikis
Episode 3: Milk and Caste
Episode 4: The Land Struggle of Ramji Bhai
Episode 5: When a Dalit Woman Leads
Episode 6: Straight from the Tannery
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Anand is a computer science postgraduate from IIT Delhi, currently working in the US as an IT professional.