On Friday, 12th November, 2010 at 6:00 pm, Bangalore International Centre had arranged screening of a film “Fishers of Men” by Ranjan Kamath and Padmavathi Rao.
It was a sombre, deeply disturbing film- a stark documentary on the Adivasis of the Chhota Nagpur plateau in and around Central and Eastern India who had become unwilling victims of factional politics of two major religious groups- Hindus and Christians. In a totally non-judgmental way, the camera of Ranjan Kamath and Padmavathi Rao (the makers of the film, “Fishers of Men”) focused on the bewilderment of the tribals who were looking at religion as an avenue of raising their social, educational and economic levels and how they had become the football between two warring groups.
Ranjan Kamath, who was present, introduced the film, which was made way back in 1997 and continues to be relevant even today. The film and the interactions thereafter made one think about the vast chasm that continues to exist between “elitist” India and the marginalized tribals and how the situation seems to have remained frozen in time.