The Caste Struggle

Directed by Florence Martin Kessler

52 minutes / Color
English / English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2008

How can a society built entirely around the principle of inequality become democratic? India has implemented a policy of affirmative action for the members of the lower or "untouchable" caste, who represent more than half of the population: those who meet the policy's requirements will be employed as civil servants. THE CASTE STRUGGLE documents the results of this controversial policy, a legislative attempt to bring social and political change to India.

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Sandhya Suri skillfully weaves together archival footage—including hand colored sequences and a new score—to create a story about life across India from 1899 to 1947.

Sandhya Suri | 72 minutes | Color | English | Closed Captioned