caste system places nearly 160 million people, the dalits, at
the outskirts of society. It exploits their services, especially
to perform ”polluting” tasks, such as cutting the
umbilical cord, disposing of night-soil, tending cremation grounds,
but at the same time denies them acceptance as human beings.
Resilient Rhythms deals with a range of dalit responses to their
marginalization, from armed struggle to electoral politics.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Menon’s first film was a documentary on the destruction
of tropical evergreen forests in the Nilgiri biosphere. He has
worked with the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)
and documented the Naga and Kashmiri political movements. Menon
has also made films on Dalit issues and the communal riots in
Gujarat, and worked with Channel 4 on the issue of the funding
of Hindu extremist organizations.
Ajith Kumar B
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