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 Film Screening and Discussion

with Film Director Nicolas Jaoul

 Sangarsh: Struggle is Our Call


4:30-6:30 pm – 8th of December 2017

Seligman Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE

This is a visual screening of work in progress. A discussion will follow, chaired by Jens Lerche (Reader, Department of Development Studies, SOAS) in conversation with the Film Director Nicolas Jaoul (CNRS, Paris).

Shot between 1997 and 2001, Sangharsh takes us deep into the lifeworld of Dalit Panther activists in the late 1990s Uttar Pradesh. By following three activists, one is taken on a rough trip in the slums and villages of Kanpur region, where these characters are spreading the revolutionary messages of Ambedkar. It is an emotional journey into the urge to struggle in order to assert one’s humanity, when humiliation, exploitation and violence remain always around the corner.

About the Director:

Nicolas Jaoul is a French anthropologist based at CNRS/EHESS, who has specialized on the anti-caste movement in India. He was trained in the anthropological film school of Jean Rouch. Sangharsh, his first long feature film, was shot during his PhD fieldwork in Kanpur, during four years in the late 1990s, and edited in 2017.

This event is organised by the Programme of Research on Inequality and Poverty, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science.

For any queries, please contact Dee Chanter:

Spaces are available on a first-come basis.