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SASNET movie screening and conversation on student activism in India

2020-10-27 Vemula

On 27 October, SASNET will host an online conversation on student lives and activism opposing caste in India with speakers Deepa Dhanraj and Natha Wahlang.

Prior to the event, participants are encouraged to watch Deepa Dhanraj's 2018 movie "We have not come here to die" about the suicide of Dalit, Phd research scholar, and activist Rohith Vemula and the subsequent student movement in India. After registering via Zoom, participants will receive temporary access to the movie from Friday, 23 Oct 2020 (separate email with access information will be sent out).

For the conversation, we are honoured to host Deepa Dhanraj, the director of "We have not come here to die" and Natha Wahlang, who was part of the movement after Rohith's death.

Deepa Dhanraj is an award winning filmmaker who has been actively involved in the women's movement since 1980. Her extensive filmography covers a wide range of issues, including on gender, labour, caste, education and women’s position in Indian society.

Natha Wahlang recently finished her PhD and Masters degree from the University of Hyderabad and was part of the movement after Rohith’s death. She knows many of the people central to the movement as friends, former classmates and acquaintances. She started engaging with political movements through street performances on women and violence with a group of students at the University and later became a co-founder of Hyderabad for feminism. Currently, she is a co-editor at Raiot, an online magazine on cultural and political topics, based in Shillong, India. She moved to Sweden in 2018 and is currently balancing her weekdays between academia, talking to friends in India and teaching at a preschool in Stockholm. 

To attend the Zoom event please register here.