Bangalore International Centre had arranged the screening of the documentary film “Red Ant Dream” directed by an independent filmmakerMr. Sanjay Kak, who was present to interact with the audience. The film was screened on Sunday, 21st July, 2013 at 5:30 pm.
This documentary looked at modern day revolutionary uprisings in India.
The film followed the working class in Punjab, Odisha and Bastar who live each day fighting for what they believe in. It chronicles the recent struggle by India’s Maoist.
In this film, Sanjay Kak attempted to look beyond the label ‘internal security threat’ and joined together a story of a struggle that imagined citizenship and rights very differently from the one that mainstream democracy defines.
It is the third in a cycle of documentaries that question the working of Indian democracy following Words on Water in 2002 about the people’s movement against large dams in the Narmada valley and Jashn-e-Azadi in 2007 that dealt with the idea of freedom for Kashmir.
During the interactive session, Sanjay was closely quizzed about whether his presentation was a reflection of his own learnings, whether it ignored several other positive developments taking place in India or whether his presentation was inimical to the image of the country abroad. Sanjay clarified with complete candour that his job as a filmmaker was to highlight the plight of the marginalized people who have been largely ignored by the mainstream media and the middle class and that he thought the essence of democracy was not to be impervious to the needs of the weak.