January 09, 2018

Announcement: Screening of the documentary film on Kandhamal 10 January 2018, Bangalore

Dear People, concerned with People
Peoples' Solidarity Concerns-Bangalore cordially invites you to the screening of the documentary film, Voices from the Ruins - Kandhamal in search of Justice (documentary | 90 min | English subtitles) on the anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal in 2008, directed by K P Sasi at SCMI (First floor hall) on 10th of January, 2018 at 4.00 pm. The Film Maker Mr. K.P.Sasi along with other panellists to discuss the issue of Communalism and the threats that we face will be present during the screening.
In a day or two we will be confirming the honourable panellists.

This screening is organised primarily to remember the victims of Kandhamal which happened a decade ago. Many of the victims do still "live" in fear, while the ghosts who perpetrated the despicable attacks are not only roaming free, but are increasingly staking their claim for legitimacy by usurping state power.

About the film

The state of Orissa was born in 1936 as a result of the social reform movement initiated by Utkal Gaurav Madhusuhan Das, who was called `The Pride of Orissa’ or ‘Architect of Odisha’. Madhusudhan Das was a converted Christian. Kandhamal District in Orissa is mainly inhabited by Adivasis and Dalits and among them a large population are Christians. The hate campaign against the Christians in Kandhamal started in late 1960s and sustained for several decades culminating in violence on the minorities in 1980s, 90s and 2000s. The year 2008 saw the biggest violence on the Christians in modern India, resulting in the destruction of over 350 churches, displacement of over 56,000 people, destruction of over 6,500 houses, deaths of over 93 people and abuse of over 40 women. The victims were Adivasi Christians and Dalit Christians. The survivors of Kandhamal violence are still struggling against the improper compensation, improper rehabilitation and improper justice delivery systems. The documentary film `Voice from the Ruins – Kandhamal in search of Justice’ brings out the concerns of the survivors, through their own voices as well concerned sections, analysing the historical roots of violence, the impact of violence on various sections of the communities and the struggle for justice by the survivors of Kandhamal violence.

With regards,

Jagadish G Chandra


Peoples' Solidarity Concerns-Bangalore