Movie Screening: Recasting Selves, Lalit Vachani

Event time: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Calendar Speaker/Performer: 
Lalit Vachani, Director
Event description: 

Set at CREST (the Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation) in Kozhikode, Kerala – the film documents the ‘soft skills’ training of Dalit and Adivasi post-graduate students in a sensitive and nurturing campus environment as preparation for their employment in the new Indian economy.
As a progressive institution combating caste inequalities, CREST has trained over 1200 students and professionals from marginalized communities in Kerala.
But how politicized or politically aware is the ‘recast self’?
Filmed in February and April 2016 – a few months after Rohith Vemula’s suicide in Hyderabad, the students are initially forced to confront their own identity and a history of discrimination in the context of Vemula’s tragic death.
Matters come to a climax when the CREST students research and select the theme of the semester ending play. Will they choose to do a play that exposes caste discrimination around Rohit Vemula’s suicide?
Or will they select one that expresses their fears about ‘Bengali’ migration to Kerala?
In this choice of play subject and its ensuing debate, lying signs and markers about power, livelihood and identity politics. And the silence around issues of caste in Kerala…
Main Credits:
Direction, Script, and Editing: Lalit Vachani
Research and Concept: Sanjay Srivastava
Production and 2nd shoot Direction: Priya Sen
Camera: Syed Husain Akbar
Location Sound: Godly Timo Koshy
Executive Producer: Srirupa Roy
A Wide Eye Film for ICAS: MP
Made with the support of the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).