A Documentary About Anti-Caste System Activists in India

My friend Gregory Walsh is working on a documentary about a pair of human rights activists in India trying to make things better for the dalits (the “untouchables”) under the caste system.

For 20 days, we lived and worked with two of Video Volunteers’ community correspondents, Varsha Jawalkgekar and Mukesh Rajak, producing a pair of short films about their lives and work.

During the short time we spent with Varsha and Mukesh, we were privileged to be witness to the profound, transformative moral progress occuring through their work and we quickly realized that Varsha and Mukesh’s stories were so compelling that they warranted something more significant than a couple of short films.

We saw Varsha and Mukesh empowering entire communities despite facing harassment, imprisonment and even death threats from an opposition that will fight to maintain the power dynamics that have been in place for centuries. Victory to Change was born out of our desire to do justice to this amazing story of courage, dedication, and grassroots social activism.

If you think this project is worth supporting, consider donating to them at Indiegogo.

And if you’d like more of an incentive, just check out this awesome anti-superstition song performed by some of the people in the village the filmmakers were in:



About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://www.indiegogo.com/victorytochange Gregory Walsh

    Hi Hemant, 

    Thanks so much for helping to spread the word about this important film!

  • Octoberfurst

    Very inspirational! I admire these brave activists because it is never easy to go against ingrained tradition.

  • Pluto Animus

    The line in the song about worshiping the trees got me thinking….

    To worship trees (or anything else) is to embrace an inferior status to the thing that one worships.

    And if the thing that one worships is believed to have great power, then the worshiper always offers themself to do the powerful thing’s bidding.

    So….

    To worship is to be a slave.

    Ugh.

  • luke smith

    The caste system is a disgusting element of hinduism that people tend to ignore because it clashes with the nice spiritual bits. Good to see this is getting publicity.


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