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“Crucial social issues can be raised by fun movies, getting people to change their attitudes. The key is to make it ‘not cool’ to have a feudal backward medieval mindset. I believe India’s youth will come on board, for a variety of reasons.” – Mari Marcel Thekaekara in “Can Bollywood shatter India’s caste system?” (New Internationalist, 13 July 2012)
https://www.newint.org/blog/2012/07/13/bollywood-untouchable-force/?utm_medium=ni-email&utm_source=message&utm_campaign=intl-enews-2012-07-26
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6944

“In nearly all tribal villages, men, women and children dance together on many occasions. As with singing and the playing of musical instruments here the average knowledge and skills are generally higher than in any other south Asian communities. Even in rural and tribal villages one can observe that participation in dance has been declining due to the impact of the massive film industry and television.” – Rolf Killius in “Traditional Dance in South Asia”
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=16298

The representation of tribal women in Indian cinema, comparing recent trends in Assamese cinema with “Days And Nights In The Forest” (Aranyer Din Ratri), a film classic directed by Satyajit Ray:
“The immediate impression of Indian movies is that all are depicting an established formula, where the good woman is usually vulnerable and innocent, mostly good looking and also helpless or lacking in intelligence. The bad woman is either sensuous or scary and wicked even in appearance. But Assamese cinema, especially as seen through most of the films taken for the study, has not stuck to this kind of stereotyping in the larger sense. Films in Assam, through the decades, have dealt with serious issues concerning the society, and women in majority of the films, rather than only showing romance and escapism.” – Rashmi Sarmah, PhD thesis Assam titled “Gender Representation in the Cinema of Assam” (University 2014, Abstract p. 11)
https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/55929/5/05_abstracts.pdf
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=15597

“Days and Nights in the Forest was one of Ray’s most successful films [wherein he introduces] an overt sensuality to his work. […] Feel the tension in this scene [5:10] A beguiling Santal woman [portrayed by a non-Santali actress Simi Garewal] whom [the young men in this story] met is hired to clean their room – and perhaps more. […] No girlfriend of these guys would be allowed to parade themselves in this manner […] In the forest, their true selves are revealed.” – Preston Miller, voice-over for scenes from Satyajit Ray’s 1970 film Aranyer Din Ratri: “Days and Nights in the Forest – introduction”
https://youtu.be/lV8clWi_Vf0
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=15597

“Fire in our Hearts”: Award winning tribal documentary – Thane/New York

A documentary film made by fifteen year-old Jayshree Janu Kharpade, a tribal girl from Wada taluka of Thane district, has won an award in the Asian American Film Festival held in New York recently [in 2012]. Jayashree, who studies in … Continue reading

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Can Bollywood shatter India’s caste system? Treating delicate subjects with intelligence, sensitivity and creativity

Recently, Aamir Khan – leading film star and household name all over the India where Bollywood reigns supreme – began a prime-time show tackling India’s most serious issues. And the whole country is riveted. […] Our elites care passionately about … Continue reading

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Adivasi focused films as educational tool (Open Space Ranchi) – Jharkhand

On 20th February, two documentaries were shown amongst the students of Class IX, in Sarna Adivasi Madhya Vidyalaya in Pisca, a suburb area of Ranchi. It was a tribal area, with almost ninety percent Oraon students. When they saw ‘Kora … Continue reading

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Documentary on the matrilineal Khasi Tribe: A social order where women are dignified and not discriminated against – Meghalaya

By Kamayani Bali Mahabal | To read the full article with images, click here >> Filmmaker Aditya Seth demystifies the traditions and culture of the matrilineal Khasi tribe of Meghalaya, as they discover their place in a fast-changing world. […] In his latest 60-minute … Continue reading

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“We have to write our own stories, about our issues, from our own perspectives”: Remembering Abhay Xaxa, a Fiercely Unapologetic Adivasi Scholar-Activist – Chhattisgarh & Jharkhand

Read the full obituary by Mahtab Alam in TheWire (10 April 2020) >> A champion for Adivasi rights, Xaxa played an active part in anti-displacement movements in central India. […] Xaxa passed away because of a heart attack. A native … Continue reading

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