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US to host its first Dalit film and cultural festival in Columbia varsity

Nagpur: To exhibit the talent of Dalit artists and to convey center of attention at the plight of the neighborhood, a Dalit Film and Cultural competition will probably be held at Columbia University in New York on February 23 and 24. The first of its sort match has been co-organized by Dr Ambedkar International Mission and will probably be held under the banner of US Ambedkarite, an umbrella group for more than a few associations of Dalits in USA.
The movies to be screened had been both made by Dalit filmmakers or center of attention at the plight of Dalits in society. The variety committee has won round 40 entries from filmmakers and have picked up six movies and six documentaries to be screened.

There are scores of organizations in the US inspired by or based on Ambedkar idea who meet regularly to speak about the plight of Dalits. “We had been listening to a lot of stories about how Dalit artists don't get the right platform to exhibit their talent,” says Chatak Dhakane, member of the film competition committee and a resident of Michigan. “They make superb movies which don't get a good liberate and so we deliberate this film competition to provide them with a much-needed platform,” Dhakane says.

The six movies decided on for screening come with the critically acclaimed Hindi film ‘Masan’ directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, Nagraj Manjule’s ‘Fandry’ in Marathi, PA Ranjith’s ‘Perumal Pariyerum’ and ‘Kaala’ in Tamil, ‘Bole India Jai Bhim’ in Hindi by Subodh Nagdive, and Jayan Ok Cherian’s ‘Papilo Buddha’ in Malayalam. “What helped us in giving form to this competition is that two of the 3 guest audio system invited by us — Manjule and Ranjith — will probably be visiting the US on these date for every other convention,” Dhakane mentioned. All the films decided on for screening have won acclaim at world film fairs and have been commercially successful as neatly.

Six documentaries at the subject may also be screened at the competition the place Nagraj Manjule, PA Ranjith and picture actor and previous good looks queen Niharika Singh had been invited as visitors. “Every screening will probably be adopted by interplay with the target market and there could be some occasions at the aspects of the primary competition too,” informs Subodh Nagdive, director of ‘Bole India Jai Bhim’, who will probably be attending the competition and is a speaker at the competition. “This is a very giant platform for propagating the ideas and philosophy of Babasaheb and draw center of attention at the plight of Dalits as the world will get to know about them,” Nagdive added.

Nepali Dalit group ICDR could also be a part of the 50-member committee which picked movies for the screening. Nepali film ‘Dalan’, which addresses the socio-cultural transformation of Nepal from the point of view of a Dalit, may also be screened within the documentary section.

It was at Columbia University that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar won his doctorate in economics in 1927. He was additionally awarded a honorary level in 1952 for his path-breaking work within the sphere of human rights and social reforms by the college.

“The entry to this competition is unfastened and we are focusing on some 400 scholars of the college to be part of the target market,” says Dhakane and provides that the committee is but to finalize if the competition will probably be an annual function or no longer. “This 12 months it is going to give out a motivating message to all Dalit artists and inspire them to use the platform to exhibit their talent,” he says.

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