Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dollar City

Dollar City
Dir: Amudhan R.P.
77 min; Tamil with English subtitles; 2016; Documentary
Produced by Raj Kajendra

Tirupur aka Dollar City, well known for its thousands of export oriented garment hosiery units and millions of migrant workers, symbolizes a development model where the state machinery, exporters, small and big entrepreneurs, commission agents, trade unionists and workers converge to prioritize export and to earn dollars by ignoring, marginalizing and eventually breaking the laws that protect the environment and workers’ rights.
The film provides an inside view of a successful economic system where there is connivance and consensus between the masters, mediators and the workers, where the ambitions and loyalties collapse, where the rights become a privilege, where duty becomes an opportunity and where one’s desperation is another’s prospect.
The fact that there has not been a workers’ strike in Tirupur in the past 20 years, as proudly expressed by an exporter in the film, can be seen as classic example of the Gramscian idea of manufacture of consent.

Camera: Amudhan R.P.
Editing: Amudhan R.P. & Thangaraj
Music: RaGa
Research: Pushpa Achanta
Stills : Bharathi Vasan
Subtitles: Meghna Sukumar, Mini Hari & Sara Abraham
FreeFall Films

Friday, April 1, 2016

Caste discrimination in Modern India

This can be discussed on two levels.
1. Caste hegemony of upper caste Hindus over the rest.
2. Caste tension between OBC and dalits.
Hindutva is a recent project to implement and maintain the firstone. 
Honour killing is a result of a second one.
The first one is co-option.
The second one is exclusion.
The first one facilitates the second one.
Both the levels ensure the caste discrimination.
Upper caste enjoy unquestionable power and authority over the rest. 
OBC will fight for the privilege of both upper caste and theirs. 
Dalits who face discrimination from both the upper caste and OBC have to manage 
different kinds of violence from different sources.
Although upper caste respect the hierarchy and refuse to tamper the order, 
especially when honor killings happen, they sometimes secretly negotiate with dalits whenever 
OBC create trouble for them.
Dalits who have no one to oppress, have been organising themselves against the discrimination.
People from upper caste and OBC have also tried their best to stop this injustice.
The system is so well built, nuanced and multi layered, whatever is done to change 
gets nullified sooner or later. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Research Article by Shweta Kishore on my film Seruppu

Research Article by Shweta Kishore on my film Seruppu, published in Senses of Cinema

"Amudhan RP is best known for his films about caste and social discrimination – Shit (2003) and Notes from the Crematorium (2005) – as well as his trilogy about the anti-nuclear movement in Southern India – Radiation Stories Part I, II and III (2010–12). Based in Chennai, Amudhan is the founder-organiser of the Madurai Film Festival and the Chennai Film Festival on Democracy, and has established an informal network with grassroots people’s groups to screen documentary films beyond the metropolitan circuits"

Follow the link to read the article : Ethics in Indian Social Documentary Film and Practice