Our Films

Wall Stories

A pictorial journey through the Western Himalayas.

'Wall Stories' is a pictorial journey through the Garhwal region in the Western Himalayas. Centered around Dehradun between the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, it tells the fascinating story of the history and culture of its people through mural paintings found in the area, and the daily life that is lived around them.

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Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!

Indian society calls them 'born criminals.' They call themselves 'born actors.'

Over sixty million Indians belong to communities imprisoned by the British as 'criminals by birth.' The Chhara of Ahmedabad, in Western India, are one of 198 such 'Criminal Tribes.' Declaring that they are 'born actors,' not 'born criminals,' a group of Chhara youth have turned to street theater in their fight against police brutality, corruption, and the stigma of criminality — a stigma internalized by their own grandparents. Please Don't Beat Me, Sir! follows the lives of these young actors and their families as they take their struggle to the streets, hoping their plays will spark a revolution.

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Acting Like a Thief

A short film about Budhan Theatre of Chharanagar.

Acting Like a Thief is a short film about Budhan Theatre of Chharanagar. Starting with playwright Dakxin Bajrange discussing his arrest , the film brings us inside the lives of a dedicated group of young actors and their families as they discuss what it means to be a “born criminal” and how theater changed their lives.

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Mahasweta Devi

Witness, Advocate, Writer.

"Language is a weapon, its not for shaving your armpits." So says eminent writer Mahasweta Devi in this documentary about the her life and work. At the center of a half-century of tumultuous change, the lifetime of Mahasweta Devi has spanned the British period, Independence, and fifty years of postcolonial turmoil. Her writing has given Indian literature a new life and inspired two generations of writers, journalists and filmmakers. Informal in style, this video explores how Mahasweta’s daily life and writing is a part of her life as a tireless worker for the rights of the aboriginal peoples of India.

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About the Filmmakers

Shashwati Talukdar

Shashwati Taulukdar is an independent filmmaker whose 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 lives and teaches in Taiwan where he is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures (within the College of Indigenous Studies), at National Dong Hwa University in Hualien. Trained in both linguistic and visual anthropology, he has worked extensively with indigenous Taiwanese and with India's Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs).