Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Film Screening: We Have Not Come Here to Die

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Room 110, Stephen Robert Hall '62, 280 Brook St

Free & Open to the public

Join us on the anniversary of Rohith Vemula's Birthday for a screening & discussion of We Have Not Come Here to Die. Hosted by CCSA graduate students in coordination with universities across in India and around the world.

Synopsis: On January 17th 2016 a Dalit, Phd research scholar, and activist Rohith Vemula unable to bear the persecution from a partisan University administration and dominant caste Hindu supremacists hung himself in one of the most prestigious universities in India. His suicide note, which argued against the “value of a man being reduced to his immediate identity” galvanized student politics in India. Over the last year thousands of students all over the country have broken the silence around their experiences of caste discrimination in Universities and have started a powerful anti-caste movement. The film attempts to track this historic movement that is changing the conversation on caste in India.

Length: 110 minutes.
Languages: Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English.
Director/Producer Deepa Dhanraj
Camera: Navroze Contractor
Editor: Jabeen Merchant
Music : Ramanan Chandramouli
Production Company: SAMA, NHK Japan
Year of completion: 2018

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