2-2.30pm – Soya chai, Indian sweets, lassi and samosas (for a small donation)
2.30pm Prisoners of Conscience(41 min, 1978): An important historical record of a traumatic period in India’s recent political history, this documentary focuses on the State of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi from June 1975 to March 1977.
During the Emergency the media was muzzled, over 100,000 people were arrested without charge and imprisoned without trial. Awards?Grand Prize, The Tyne Award, UK, 1982
3.30pm DAM/AGE(50 min, 2003): Prize winning writer Arundhati Roy’s bold and controversial campaign against the Narmada dam project in India. DAM/AGE traces writer Arundhati Roy’s bold and controversial campaign against the Narmada dam project in India, which will displace up to a million people.
4.30pm Short film clips and discussion on the GM movement in India
5pm The Gulabi Gang (16 min, 2010): The Bundelkhand is one of the poorest parts of the Uttar Pradesh region of northern India. The inhabitants of Bundelkhand face a daily struggle for survival as they cope with infertile land and a corrupt judicial system.
In the midst of this plight, a group of vigilantes who call themselves the Gulabi Gang (gulabi means pink) is fighting, often literally, for equality. The gang is made up of over 10,000 women, all of whom wear the Gulabi uniform of pink saris. They specialize in the lathi, a traditional Indian fighting stick. Be inspired by this short film!
5.30pm -6.15pm – South West Against Nuclear will show some clips on the movement in Tamil Nadu State against Koodankulam nuclear power station. People across the world have been moved by the bravery of local people’s resistance to nuclear power.
6.30pm -dhal, chickpea curry and rice followed by Indian-sytle rice pudding for a donation of £2.50 for the main, 50p for rice pudding.
7.30pm – Caroline Beatty Ekta Parishad, speaker on Indian land reform. Caroline will also show photos of the most recent march. For more information, visit ektaparishad.com
8.45pm – Caste Wars (17 min, 1994): A woman in a brightly coloured sari crawls through a field of goats and cows with her gun at the ready. She is from India’s poorest caste – the ‘untouchables’ – who have long been at the bottom of the heap. They are fighting back. Young ‘untouchable’ women are learning to kill. They are gaining self-respect and, most importantly, protection in a hostile world. Higher castes are also arming their people after repeated attacks. Villagers speak of terror campaigns. As India’s ruling party faces crucial state polls the country’s battle lines are being drawn not only by religion but caste. Politicians can no longer afford to ignore the lower caste majority. This film examines the plight of the ‘untouchables’ and how they’re helping themselves to an improved life.
9.15pm – Close