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Jai Bhim Comrade

Jai Bhim Comrade

For thousands of years India’s Dalits were abhorred as “untouchables,” denied education and treated as bonded labour. By 1923 Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won doctorates abroad and fought for the emancipation of his people. He drafted India’s Constitution, led his followers to discard Hinduism for Buddhism. His legend still spreads through poetry and song. In 1997 a statue of Dr. Ambedkar in a Dalit colony in Mumbai was desecrated with footwear. As angry residents gathered, police opened fire killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet, hung himself in protest. Jai Bhim Comrade shot over 14 years, follows the poetry and music of people like Vilas and marks a subaltern tradition of reason that, from the days of the Buddha, has fought superstition and religious bigotry.

“Far reaching, and by turns pensive and enraging… Jai Bhim Comrade could be seen as a capstone to Patwardhan’s extraordinary career”. Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian, UK “Legendary director Anand Patwardhan’s epic doc about dalit people is a massive, musical, magnificent, masterpiece” Mark Cousins, Filmmaker, Critic “Garbage, slums, weather-beaten faces talking with pride and anger; above all full-throated songs recounting the life of Bhimrao Ambedkar and all the savagery his followers have faced since Independence in the ‘progressive’ state of Maharashtra. These are the images that stay with you after watching Anand Patwardhan’s new documentary Jai Bhim Comrade.” Jyoti Punyani, The Times of India


Main credits

Patwardhan, Anand (director of photography)
Patwardhan, Anand (editor of moving image work)
Patwardhan, Anand (film director)
Patwardhan, Anand (film producer)
Patwardhan, Anand (distributor)

Other credits

Poetry and music, Vilas Ghogre [and 20 others].

Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

Religion and Spirituality
Human Rights


Dalits, untouchables, caste, India, Hindu, Buddhist, massacre, Vilas Ghogre, poetry, music; "Jai Bhim Comrade"; Anand Patwardhan

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