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A Q & A will follow the screening.
In 1871 the colonial government in India officially defined 192 ethnic groups as ‘Criminal Tribes’ – communities considered to be ‘hereditary’ criminals, and later reclassified as ‘Denotified Tribes’ (DNTs) in 1952, following India’s independence. These communities were subject to collective penal and ‘rehabilitative’ measures that included increased surveillance, forced resettlement and employment that government deemed productive. The film explores processes of ‘’criminalization’, how historical experience and memory has been used in community lobbying, and how groups within our communities have attempted to challenge social stigma through the performing arts.
Dakxinkumar Bajrange is an award winning filmmaker, playwright, director and an activist from the Chhara De-notified Tribes of Ahmedabad in the western part of India. He is a recipient of Ford Foundation International Fellowship (2010-11) for a Masters Degree in Theatre and Global Development at the University of Leeds, England. He is also a recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Arts Fellowship (2004-05)
and Bhasha Fellowship (2002-03) to study art forms of nomadic and de-notified communities in Gujarat. Currently, he works at Budhan Theatre as a director, which is a community theatre group of the Chhara de-notified tribe of Gujarat.
This event is supported by the South Asian Studies Programme and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).