Red Ant Dream
120 mins | Gondi, Odiya, Punjabi with English Subtitles
The revolutionary patriot had said, almost a hundred years ago, and that forewarning travels into India’s present, as armed insurrection simmers in Bastar, in the troubled heart of central India. But in the east too, beleaguered adivasis from the mineral-rich hills of Odisha come forth bearing their axes, and their songs. And in the north the swelling protests by Punjabi peasants sees hope coagulate–once more–around that iconic figure of Bhagat Singh, revolutionary martyr of the anti-colonial struggle.
But are revolutions even possible anymore? Or have those dreams been ground down into our nightmares? This is a chronicle of those who live the revolutionary ideal in India, a rare encounter with the invisible domain of those whose everyday is a fight for another ideal of the world.
The third in a cycle of films that interrogate the workings of Indian democracy, Red Ant Dream (2013) follows Jashn-e-Azadi (2007) about the idea of freedom for Kashmir, and Words on Water (2002) about the people’s movement against large dams in the Narmada valley.
Film Screening Date -14th June 2013
Venue-Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines, near Churchgate station.
Film Screening Date -15th June 2013
Venue-RR Theatre,10th floor,Films Division, 24, Pedder Road,Mumbai – 400026
This session will be followed by Q and A with Sanjay Kak.