• Wall Stories

    Wall Stories

    ‘Wall Stories’ is about how a dispossessed saint, a newly minted gentry and generations of painters created a syncretic culture in the Western Himalayas.

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  • Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!

    Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!

    ‘A thoughtful, moving and, above all, important exploration of the power of theatre to impact a generation and incite a revolution.’

    — Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing

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  • Mahasweta Devi

    Mahasweta Devi

    ‘Mahasweta Devi: Witness, Advocate, Writer’ explores the life of a celebrated writer and tireless activist.

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  • Acting Like a Thief

    Acting Like a Thief

    ‘Acting Like a Thief’ is about a theatre group in Ahmedabad, India. Starting with the arrest of playwright Dakxin Bajrange, the documentary reveals how Budhan Theatre has transformed the lives of adults and children within the Chhara community.

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About our Films

Wall Stories

Wall Stories

‘Wall Stories’ is about how a dispossessed saint, a newly minted gentry and generations of painters created a syncretic culture in the Western Himalayas.

Learn More
Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!

Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!

‘A thoughtful, moving and, above all, important exploration of the power of theatre to impact a generation and incite a revolution.’
— Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing

Learn More
Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi

‘Mahasweta Devi: Witness, Advocate, Writer’ explores the life of a celebrated writer and tireless activist.

Learn More
Acting Like a Thief

Acting Like a Thief

Starting with the arrest of playwright Dakxin Bajrange, the documentary reveals how the Budhan Theatre has transformed the lives of adults and children within the Chhara community.

Learn More

About the Filmmakers

Shashwati Talukdar

Shashwati Talukdar

An independent filmmaker, Shashwati’s work ranges from documentary, narrative and experimental. Shashwati worked as an editor in the film and television industry, where she got her start as an assistant editor for a TV show by Michael Moore.

P. Kerim Friedman

P. Kerim Friedman

Kerim is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures at National Dong Hwa University, where he teaches linguistic and visual anthropology. His research explores the relationship between language, ideology and political economy in Taiwan.

Latest News

Special Back-to-School Offer

We want everyone to see for themselves why the University of Colorado, Columbia University, Haverford, and many other leading colleges and universities have ordered our award-winning documentary film, “Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!” for their libraries. To make it easy for professors to preview the film, we are offering a special back-to-school sale: normally $7.99,(...)

NYIFF 2013 and Other Screenings

We are very happy to announce that Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! will have its North American premier in New York City at the 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival . (You can purchase tickets for the Saturday, May 4th screening via the website.) For those in Europe, the film will be playing Etnofilm(...)

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