"The Die is Caste"
Directed by Mr. Ranjan Kamath
Duration of film: 83 minutes
Language: Hindi with English Subtitles
Mr. Ranjan Kamath, Director will be present to interact with the audience after the screening.
Date: Friday, 18th February, 2011 at 6.00 p.m.
Tea will be served at 5:30 pm
About the film:
‘The Die is Caste' is an appraisal of three decades of the Naxalite (extreme left) movement in the state of Bihar, in eastern India. It examines the role of Naxalites (e.g. Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninst) Liberation, People's War Group and Maoist Communist Centre) as agents of socio-political change, employing violence.
Against the backdrop of Parliamentary and Legislative Assembly elections in Bihar, between 1999-2001, the film portrays the change - over 30 years - in social and political status of the Scheduled Castes (i.e. the lower castes including the Dalits or "Untouchables"); the benefits accruing to the middle castes engineered by the Mandal Commission and the emergence of Laloo Yadav and the consequent violent backlash from the upper-caste landlord militias like the Ranvir Sena.
‘The Die is Caste' is thus an exploration of caste dynamics in Bihar and raises the question as to whether any benefit has accrued to the Schedule Castes or are they mere pawns on the political chessboard.
Excerpt from the documentary " The Die Is Caste"
Link to Video
Ranjan Kamath graduated with an ssociate degree from Trinity School of Music in London. He began working in Calcutta's theatre and music world soon after, both as an actor and stage/lighting designer. He then went on to work as an assistant director in Bombay on documentaries and short films.
He has completed his post-graduation from the London International Film School, with a distinction in Cinematography, and has been working as a producer and director/ cinematographer on Indian features, international co-productions and short features for the BBC, Channel Four, National Geography and others.