Archive for the ‘Documentaries’ Category

Maoists unleash publicity war

July 11, 2007


Propaganda war: A video grab from the documentary released by the Maoists shows rebels training at an obstacle course in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.

HYDERABAD: The Maoists seem to be adopting the latest technology in their bid to strengthen their armed struggle. They have now launched a publicity blitzkrieg to enlist youth into their fold by circulating a one-hour documentary on their “military successes” in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.

VCDs containing the documentary are in circulation in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and other States. The documentary is primarily intended to encourage youth to join the ranks of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), the military wing of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

The documentary urges viewers to support the cause of the Maoists and join the PLGA in protecting the “rights of the adivasis” in Bastar “being ruthlessly exploited by successive governments.” Intelligence officials are worried about the propaganda war, for which there is neither an answer from the Government nor a counter-strategy from the security forces.

The documentary, a copy of which is available with The Hindu, not only shows the preparations of the PLGA fighters but also live footage of the raid on the Murkinagar police outpost in Bijapur district on April 16, 2006. During the raid, seven policemen and 10 Special Police Officers were killed, and 49 weapons, including a light machine gun and thousands of bullets, were seized by the Maoists. The footage shows the ease with which the PLGA fighters mounted the attack and overran the police camp amid gunfire and the crackle of wireless sets used by them to coordinate the movement of their assault teams. Explosion of hand grenades, rapid fire from an LMG, orders being shouted for advancing towards the camp and firing …, the documentary captures every detail, just like the war movies.The documentary also dwells on the endurance and fitness modules, and weapons and combat training of the PGLA men.

“The documentary would certainly appeal to the youth as it projects an extremely positive image of the Maoist rebels. It seeks to drive home the message that the Maoists are in no way inferior to the security forces,” a top officer said.

The Hindu

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Documentary film on nandigram by anindita sarbadhicary

June 11, 2007

Documentary film on nandigram by anindita sarbadhicary

Uttorer Khoje

Comrades… the first one minute shows the events of Nandigram uncensored
while the remaining I couldn’t understand because it was in bengali and there
are no subtitles..

So do watch the first one minute at least if think you won’t understand the whole
documentary.

Link on googlevideo

Guerrillera – A documentary on the FARC- EP of Coloumbia

June 5, 2007

A one hour documentary on the FARC , a revolutionary communist organisation
which is waging an armed struggle against the Columbian state and American
Imperialism.

Know more about the FARC on Wikipedia

1 hr 15 min

“With English Sub- Titles “

I have translated the spanish description to english below.

From what little that I have seen of the video.. it looks extremely interesting !

I recommend that all those who have
the necessary bandwidth and time to watch it
should not miss it.

Description

“Guerrilla girl” directed by Frank Piasecki Poulsen is a documentary of 90 minutes that the life of “Isabel” narrates, her story as a young person of 20 years from a family of middle-class of leftists who decides to enter the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia).

They have chosen this guerrilla because it is the “older and greatest movement of liberation of Latin America” and ends up being including in the list of terrorist organizations of E.U. and the EU. A year and means after to have initiated by means of intermediaries the contacts with the FARC, gave green light them and traveled to Colombia in September of 2003 where the director entered and left Colombia illegally to make the production and had to request lent money because nobody wanted to support a so dangerous project.

GUERRILLERA
Uploaded by CUBA_SOCIALISTA

Link on Googlevideo

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) releases "Bigwas" a documentary on the New Peoples Army

April 7, 2007

Video features celebrating NPA anniversary now posted on YouTube

The Information Bureau of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today announced that the recently released video documentary “Bigwas” and two other revolutionary music videos have been posted on YouTube. The documentary and music videos were released recently in conjunction with the celebration of the 38th founding anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA).

“Bigwas” is a feature documentary that exhorts the New People’s Army (NPA) to intensify its tactical offensives to deal armed blows against the Arroyo regime as punishment for perpetrating the extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and harassment of activists and members of progressive organizations and terrorizing their mass constituencies.

CPP spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal said that “We take the opportunity of posting ‘Bigwas’ and other forthcoming documentary and music videos on the internet to make information on the New People’s Army more widely accessible to the public and thus serve to inspire a greater number of Filipinos in their efforts to resist the Arroyo regime’s brutal state terrorism through all forms of struggle.”

Internet users can view “Bigwas” by accessing the following addresses:

Part 1

Link to part 1

Part 2

Link to Part 2

Source:Leftspot

Blazing Trail: A Journey Through the Indian Revolution

December 19, 2006

Blazing Trail: A Journey Through the Indian Revolution

An awe inspiring video documentary from the Red areas of India. This film documents the emergence of the Indian revolutionary process, coming as it is in a world of struggle, mass upheaval, rebellion and revolution!

This film includes footage of the Vietnamese people’s defeat of the US imperialists, the victory and success of the Chinese People’s Revolution and massive street rebellions shaking the citadels of imperialism. It shows the overall dialectical development of revolution, both in the oppressed and oppressor nations, shaking the imperialist system’s foundations.

Today in India, the communist forces are stronger, united within the Communist Party Of India (Maoist), leading the Indian revolution by developing People’s War. A must own for anyone who is seriously considering a whole new world.

This movie is a saga of heroism and sacrifice in the face of a brutal enemy masquarading as the World’s “largest democracy”, foundations are being laid for a New Democratic India..

Watch it on the google video website

Abadbhumi, a documentary film based on the forcefull aquisition of farmer’s land in Singur by West Bengal Government on behalf of TATA Motors.

November 30, 2006

Abadbhumi, a documentary film based on the forcefull aquisition of farmer’s land in Singur by West Bengal Government on behalf of TATA Motors.

*With Sub Titles in english.*


Watch it on the google video website

Outfoxed – Mind control techniques used by American Media – Now being replicated on Indian News channels at a television set near you

November 29, 2006

Outfoxed – Mind control techniques used by American Media – Now being replicated on Indian News channels at a television set
near you.

Excellent documentary on mind control techniques used by
media corporations in U.S.A.
All the more relevant for Indians here because
Rupert Murdoch has a large presence in India through
Star Network.

I recommend all readers view this.
Even user’s with low bandwidth and slow internet connections
will be able to watch this.


OUTFOXED

Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.

The first minute of this video is in Dutch – The remainder is in English

Click on the link below to watch this video

Outfoxed Documentary

Corporations Are Legal Psychopaths Part3

November 21, 2006

Corporations Are Legal Psychopaths Part3

Link to Part 3 of Corporation on Googlevideo

Part 1 and 2

The corporation Part 2

November 19, 2006

The corporation Part 2

Link on Google video

for part 1 click below
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3622246866192924215

The Corporation – Part 1-Corporations are Legal Psychopaths

November 16, 2006

The Corporation

THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news, and corporate propaganda, illuminates the corporation’s grip on our lives. Taking its legal status as a “person” to its logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist’s couch to ask “What kind of person is it?” Provoking, witty, sweepingly informative.
The Corporation includes forty interviews with corporate insiders and critics – including Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Michael Moore – plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.

Winner of 24 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, 10 of them AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS including the AUDIENCE AWARD for DOCUMENTARY in WORLD CINEMA at the 2004 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. The long-awaited DVD, available now in Australia and coming in March to North America, contains over 8 hour of additional footage.

The film is based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan.

http://www.thecorporation.com/

" We " – A documentary overlaid with the words of Arundhati Roy, and images of humanity and the world we live in today.

October 17, 2006

” We ” – A documentary overlaid with the words of Arundhati Roy,images of humanity and the world we live in today.

Watch it on the google video website

In 1997 Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize for her novel “The God of Small Things”. In 2004 she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

The film examines the widely unregarded worlds of Anthropology and Geopolitics in a very dynamic manner, and is probably stylistically quite unlike any documentary that you have previously seen.

It covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation. It is particularly hard hitting when it comes to the United States and western powers in general.

Its unconventional style has proven to be very successful in engaging younger viewers – many of whom find more traditional content dealing with these subjects quite dry and uninteresting. It is almost in the style of a music video, featuring contemporary music (lush, curve, love & rockets, boards of canada, nine inch nails, dead can dance, amon tobin, massive attack, totoise, telepop, placebo and faith less) overlaid with the words of Arundhati Roy, and images of humanity and the world we live in today.

I am dalit, how are you – A documentary on the suffering of Dalits and lower castes’s in India

October 12, 2006

I found some parts of this documentary absolutely repulsive
and disgusting.It will be an eye opener for some of you who
live outside India as to what the Maoists are fighting against.
Link via Shivamvij

Watch it on the Youtube website
160 million people in India are born outside the four castes of the Varna system – the oldest surviving social hierarchy of the world.

They are called the “untouchables”

They themselves have chosen the name DALITS (broken people).

The Truth – A short film in bangalore by Alexis Dias

October 9, 2006


The Truth – A short film about bangalore by Alexis Dias

Click on the link below to watch it on the Google Video Website

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Bangalore: For this young software professional, the shift from Madurai in Tamil Nadu to Bangalore was something of a culture shock.

“Someone earning Rs. 25,000 a month is considered well off there, but here we have many young people earning twice or thrice that much and still wanting more,” says Alexis Dias.

High spending and high living apart, what affects him more is how indifferent people are to the less privileged, especially children who cannot go to school but have to make living. Hawking things at traffic signals, shining shoes on footpaths, washing plates at eateries, working with small-time mechanics and scooter repairers and generally doing an adult’s work but at half the wages. “The good thing is they have not taken to begging or petty crime, but want to earn by honest labour and feed themselves… perhaps even their families,” he says.

Putting his ideas into film is what Mr. Dias next did, after months of planning. His friend and cinematographer Rajkamal helped, and between them a six minute and 10 second film was created and is now posted for free viewing on a website. You can see it by visiting http://www.pukar-dias.com. “I have also shown the video to group of acquaintances and fellow IT professionals so that they can think of doing something to help these children. I felt moved when a friend cut down on his smoking so that he could save money and help one or two such children in need,” Mr. Dias says. The title is `Do We Accept The Truth’ and it is all about accepting the truth that even in a prosperous city there are those less fortunate.
Link

Website where you can download the movie – http://www.pukar-dias.com/

People of the Shining Path – A documentary on Peru

September 29, 2006

People of the Shining Path

This film provides a sympathetic look at the Peruvian revolution and the Peruvian Communist Party before President Gonzalo’s capture.

Eight Glorious Years of Nepali People’s War (2004)

September 28, 2006

Eight Glorious Years of Nepali People’s War (2004)

This movie shows the heroic and inspiring struggle of the Nepali people, against all odds, even in the face of US imperialism and Indian expansionism.

In the face of all of this oppression and imperialism, the third poorest
country in the world with extraordinarily backward fuedal relations that oppress women and indigenous peoples, is standing up from the ground and ripping all oppression from the very root of culture, economic, and social relations.

The People’s War in Nepal is a shining beacon to all oppressed peoples around the world, and this documentary vividly demonstrates that.

This documentary has two parts

Click here to watch Part 1


Part 2,
1 hr 36 min 7 sec

Click here to watch or download this video on the Google Website

Eight Glorious Years of Nepali People’s War (2004)

September 26, 2006


Eight Glorious Years of Nepali People’s War (2004)

This movie shows the heroic and inspiring struggle of the Nepali people, against all odds, even in the face of US imperialism and Indian expansionism.

In the face of all of this oppression and imperialism, the third poorest
country in the world with extraordinarily backward fuedal relations that oppress women and indigenous peoples, is standing up from the ground and ripping all oppression from the very root of culture, economic, and social relations.

The People’s War in Nepal is a shining beacon to all oppressed peoples around the world, and this documentary vividly demonstrates that.

This documentary has two parts

Part 1,
1 hr 26 min 22 sec


Click here to watch or download this movie on Google Video

The Revolution will not be televised – Hugu Chavez,Venezuela

September 22, 2006

The Revolution will not be televised

Link

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
is a 2002 documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

A television crew from Ireland’s Radio Telifís Éireann happened to be recording a documentary about Chávez during the events of April 11, 2002. Shifting focus, they followed the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events that contradicted explanations given by Chávez opposition, the private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. The documentary concluded that the coup was the result of a conspiracy between various old guard and anti-Chávez factions within Venezuela and the United States.

The film has won awards at the film festival screenings where it was shown.

Documentary – ABC-TV5 Frontlines – Documentary on the NDF in Bicol,Philippines

September 13, 2006

Documentary on the NDF in Bicol,Philippines

On August 23, ABC-TV5’s new program, Frontlines, broadcast a documentary on the NDF in Bicol, focusing on the operations of the “shadow” government run by the NDFP in the areas it controls. The Frontlines documentary also featured the NDF-Bicol tri-media group that operates the broadcast through VCD and audio tape programming and production, and distribution to its constituents in the region.

Images from the documentary


‘Battlefield’ Bicol

Download in 5 parts (Appproximately 10 mb each )
(Note- There are NO english subtitles and the whole documentary
is in the native language )

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

‘Battlefield’ Bicol

The Bicol Region, located at the southernmost part of Luzon, is one of the places where the battle between the government and communist revolutionaries for winning the hearts and minds of the people is particularly intense. Mang Ricky and Aling Melba, interviewed by Bulatlat somewhere in the region, said that aside from the poverty they face everyday, they also have stories about their bad experience in the hands of state forces.

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
Bulatlat

The Bicol Region, located at the southernmost part of Luzon, is one of the places where the battle between the government and communist revolutionaries for winning the hearts and minds of the people is particularly intense.

So when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo about two months back declared “all-out war” against the Left, she identified Bicol – which encompasses the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Catanduanes – as among three critical areas, the other two being Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog. The “all-out war” declaration was further pumped up by the allocation of P1 billion ($19.5 million, based on an exchange rate of P51.25 per U.S. dollar) as additional funds for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) purportedly to crush the “communist insurgency” within two years.

Mang Ricky (not his real name), a peasant somewhere in the region, tells of having come into contact with both government soldiers and New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas.

He does not at all have bad words about the NPA guerrillas who, he said, occasionally pass through their village. “Tumutulong sila pag may gagawing trabaho” (They help when there is work to be done), he said, referring to work in the field.

He first met NPA guerrillas in 1972, when he had just finished grade school, he said. He wasn’t afraid of them then and he isn’t afraid of them now, he said. “Wala namang rebeldeng nananakit ng sibilyan” (There are no rebels who hurt civilians), he said.

Aling Irma (not her real name), 42, who also lives somewhere in Bicol and makes handicraft from abaca for a living, shared the same observations about NPA guerrillas. “Noong una kaming makakita ng NPA, hindi naman kami natakot. Bakit kami matatakot? Ano nga ang ikakatakot ko? Hindi naman gumagawa ng masama sa amin. Tulad sila ng mga normal na tao” (When we first saw NPA guerrillas, we weren’t scared. Why should we be scared? What have we to be scared of? They don’t do anything bad to us. They’re like normal people), she said.

Aling Melba (not her real name), a peasant woman also somewhere in Bicol and a mother of 10, agreed. “Parang natural lang pag dumadaan sila. Kasi, maganda naman ang pakikitungo nila sa amin. Wala namang problema” (We go on with our daily lives if and when they pass by. Because they treat us well. We have no problem with them), she said.

“Pag may ginagawa kami, sila na ang gumagawa. Tinutulungan talaga kami” (When we’re doing something they volunteer to do it. They really help us), she said.

Poverty and armed conflict

Critics of the “all-out war” policy now being employed by the Arroyo administration against the Left argue that armed revolutionary movements cannot be crushed by sole military might. Poverty and social injustice are at the core of armed conflict, they say.

Mang Ricky said whatever he earns as a farmer has never been enough to adequately feed himself, his wife, and his six children.

In the village where Mang Ricky, Aling Irma and Aling Melba live, the usual huts hardly have room for three people. Access to water is difficult and you can count with the fingers in your hand residents who have power supply. The road is all dirt and children spend hours walking to and from the nearest public school.

Does the village where Mang Ricky, Aling Irma and Aling Melba live in reflect the condition of common folk in the Bicol Region? The latter is known as one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. Even government statistics prove this.

The most recent data from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) on poverty incidence – which date back to Jan. 24, 2005 – lists Bicol as the fourth poorest region in the country as of 2003 – next to the Caraga Region, the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and Western Mindanao.

The NSCB places Bicol’s 2003 poverty incidence at 48.4 percent. But the NSCB bases this on a very low national poverty threshold of an income of P12,475 ($243.42) per person annually or P34.18 ($0.66) per person per day.

Based on data from the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), the living wage for a family of six – the average Filipino family – in the Bicol Region was P472 ($9.21) daily in 2003. It has since risen to P628 ($12.25) daily as of May 2006, NWPC data further show.

When computed using NWPC data, poverty incidence in Bicol would surely be higher than the figure given by the NSCB. Using the NSCB’s computations, a family of six in Bicol earning only P205 ($4) per day is not considered poor.

Atrocities against the people

Aside from the poverty they face everyday, Mang Ricky and Aling Melba also have stories about their bad experience in the hands of state forces.

“Y’ong mga sundalo, pag napadaan dito, nagtuturo ng mga NPA daw, tinatakot, sinasaktan” (When soldiers come here, they go around accusing people of being NPA guerrillas, then threaten and hurt them), Mang Ricky said.

Mang Ricky himself became a victim of government soldiers who suspected him of being an NPA guerrilla in 1981, he said. At around 5 a.m. one day, they roused him from sleep; snatched him from his hut; and kept him in their custody until about 6 p.m. While in their custody, he said, he was repeatedly beaten. Aside from the physical abuse, he said he was also psychologically tortured. “Pinapatakbo nga ako, e. Pinapatakbo. E karamihan d’on, pag tumakbo ka, babarilin ka” (They tried to make me run. Usually when they make you run and you run, they shoot you), he said.

Aling Melba, meanwhile, experienced soldiers suddenly barging inside her hut just last May. “Mga alas-5 ng madaling-araw ‘yon. Basta pumasok na lang nila sa amin. Naghalungkat ho, ewan ko kung ano’ng hinahanap nila. Wala namang sinasabi, basta may hinahanap lang daw sila. E ang mga anak ko naman…lahat tulog pa nang dumating sila. Pinaikutan y’ong bahay namin. Y’ong mga bata, nagsilabasan na. Natakot” (It was about 5 a.m. They just barged in.

They searched the hut, I didn’t know what they were looking for. They didn’t say what it was, just that they were looking for something. My children…were all asleep when they barged in. They surrounded our hut. The children went out, they were terrified), she said

The soldiers stayed until 10 a.m., Aling Melba said, and one of them even cooked and ate there.

“Natatakot talaga kami pag dumarating sila. Kasi ‘yon nga ho, pinapasok nila kami sa bahay, hindi lang kami ang pinasok nila nang basta-basta” (We get scared whenever they come. Because they just barge into huts, we’re not the only ones whose huts they just barged into), she said.

Prospects in the battle

That Arroyo named Bicol as one of the critical areas in her government’s “all-out war” against the Left means that there will be a step-up in the deployment of troops in the region.

Meanwhile, in her State of the Nation Address (SoNA) for this year, Arroyo divided the Philippines into five “super-regions,” each with corresponding economic plans: the North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle, the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway, Central Philippines, Mindanao, and the Cyber Corridor.

“Central Philippines has the competitive edge in tourism in its natural wonders and the extraordinary hospitality of its people,” Arroyo said in her SoNA. “The area sweeps across Palawan and Romblon, the Visayas and Bicol, plus the northern Mindanao islands of Camiguin, Siargao and Dapitan.

Top billed by Boracay, Cebu, Bohol and Palawan, it attracts more than half of the foreign tourists to the Philippines. It is also the center of geothermal power in the country, which we continue to develop. The priority here is tourism investments. Coming soon for superstar Boracay are an instrument landing system for the Kalibo airport and a P3-billion private investment in a San Jose, Romblon airport, plus good roads to spillover destinations all over Panay.”

The Arroyo administration apparently hopes to quell the long-running armed conflict with the two-pronged approach of military might and economic “development.”

But unless human rights are respected and economic plans translate into real change in the conditions of the people, winning the hearts and minds of the likes of Mang Ricky, Aling Irma, and Aling Melba is going to be a tall order for the government. Bulatlat

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A Moment’s Silence – A review

August 12, 2006

Film : A Moment’s Silence
Film Maker : Ajay Bharadwaj
Duration : 62 min
Year : 1997

Late afternoon in Siwan. A small town in the Indian state of Bihar. A young leader, after already having addressed four street corner meetings, is on his way to JP Chowk to address another, quite unmindful of his apparently impossible dreams in a very cynical present. He is sighted by some associates of a local Member of Parliament, a notorious mafia Don. The young leader is Chandrashekhar. Seconds later he is killed.

The news spreads. Reaches Jawaharlal Nehru university in Delhi. The premier institute of whose students’ union Chandrashekhar was twice the president. There is an anger, a fury which refuses to subside…

This is what ‘Ek Minute Ka Maun’ sets to establish. Piecing together scenes from the agitation and combining with it the portrait of Chandrashekhar. An unwitting pawn, but a willing activist, caught in the spidery web of criminal – political nexus.

In times when guilty still roam at large, unpunished, friends of Chandrashekhar found it befitting to bring this film together.


This documentary will soon be uploaded on google video.

Saga of Survival

July 5, 2006

‘Ab Aur Waqt Nahin’ is a sensitive documentary on the struggle by the Adivasis of Jharkhand against exploitation.

IMAGES FROM `Ab Aur Waqt Nahin’. The film portrays the growing selfconfidence among Adivasis and theirindomitable spirit to fight exploitation at all levels.

UNTIL the 1990s, when the movement for a separate state gathered momentum, Jharkhand was not in the public mind. Carved out of southern Bihar, it came into being in November 2000. However, the region has a distinct geopolitical and cultural identity that goes back centuries. It is essentially a tribal territory with mainly four communities – Mundas, Hojans, Santhals and Oraons – but as many as 30 distinct tribes engage in self-reliant and equitable agricultural occupation. Over time, “outsiders”, or dikus as they are called, have exploited the people and their forest resources. The process began during Akbar’s reign, heightened during the British rule and continues to this day in Independent India.

The large-scale industrialisation of the region aimed at exploiting its rich mineral resources. The setting up of coal mines and steel plants, and various development projects has led to extensive environmental degradation, widespread industrial pollution and depletion of forest and water resources. Furthermore, it has unleashed corrupt commerce and politics, unbridled exploitation of the tribal communities and haphazard urbanisation. Thousands have been forced to give up their habitat with paltry compensation for displacement. Between 1970 and 2000 as many as 10 lakh Adivasis have been displaced and 40 lakh non-Adivasis have migrated into Jharkhand, thus transforming the demographics of the region. The destruction of the agricultural and ecological niche that sustained these subsistence communities has resulted in deprivation of their lives and livelihood.

With dried-up water resources and ill-implemented irrigation projects, they have only one harvest a year and eagerly await a good monsoon. During the rest of the year, the Adivasis, including women and children, are forced into daily wage labour in mines, quarries and civil works where conditions of work are hazardous and there are grave violations of human rights, sexual and otherwise.

Ab Aur Waqt Nahin (Running Out of Time), a sensitive documentary about the Adivasis by Abhijay Karlekar, is aptly titled. The 109-minute film, produced by SHAPE, Kolkata, suggests that Jharkhand is in its last phase of environmental degradation and the local population that is dependent on agriculture is on the verge of extinction. With the formation of the new State, political manoeuvring and manipulation at the cost of tribal welfare seems only to have deepened.

“Sarkar badalne se kya hota hai? Hamari bhasha to woh samajhte hi nahin hain,” (change of government does not mean anything. They do not understand our language) says a tribal person on camera, perhaps summing up their dilemma. “Chhote kisan ko ashakt bana diya hai,” (the small farmer has been rendered powerless) comments the narrator in another portion of the film. As the film depicts effectively, today there are two Jharkhands – one of the marginalised Adivasis, and the other, the migrants who call the shots, spreading the neoculture of urbanisation, commerce, industry and trade. “It is a form of internal colonialism,” points out an activist working for the tribal people’s cause. At the Lal Chowk in Ranchi, the once prosperous locals are today left pleading with the contractors merely to eke out a living. Outside the steel plant in Jamshedpur, Adivasi men wait to be picked up for odd-jobs on a daily wage. These images are symbolic of this ever-deepening division that is dispossessing the indigenous people.

Portrayal of marginalised people without getting caught in the arguments of partisan politics and ideological posturing is not easy. The film could even be criticised for not saying anything about the naxalite movement. It is their deprivation and marginalisation that is drawing the tribal people to extremism.


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