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Researching Film: Seeing three films on India through the “Ethnographer’s Eye”

Powerless

What does inequality look like and who does it effect? In this collection of films, the curator will explore the many intersections at which inequality lies, together showcasing the nature of marginality in contemporary India. Refusing to treat the hardships faced by farmers, Mumbai’s slum dwellers, Kashmiris fighting for freedom, and Bangladeshi migrants as mere spectacle, these films make important and explicit connections to the economic and political apparati which shape life for the marginal. Finally, the curator reflects on the affordances of these films within university classrooms. In what context might these films be useful learning aids for students? What might the filmic reveal which textual representations of suffering and hardship cannot?

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